By Hindustan Times
Mumbai, July 14 -- As one of the biggest book adaptations - Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows-Part 2 - nears release this weekend, the trend of adapting books to films continues to flourish in India. UTV Motion Pictures recently bought the rights to Ashwin Sanghi's bestseller, Chanakya's Chant.
Sanghi, whose book is doused with political overtones, had previously mentioned in an interview that if a film like Raajneeti (2010) could be made, he was not worried about misinterpretation. Which is why, Sanghi decided to stay out of the screenwriting process.
"UTV asked me if I would like to be involved, but I'd rather not. You see, we authors are very possessive of our work, so I would want to be as true as possible in the adaptation, putting limitations on the screenplay," says Sanghi, who understands that he would not be able to contribute a lot to the film. "Authors have a lot of liberty in terms of storytelling. But it takes a lot of effort to put down a few extra scenes as opposed to sentences. Film as a medium imposes certain restrictions. That's why you want those producing your book to remain true to it."
With limited information about Chanakya available, the entrepreneur-by-day and writer-by-night spent over six months researching his political strategies. Yet, Sanghi stays clear of terming his book as Chanakya's real story. "Even though it's based on a lot of research and 50 per cent is based on historical facts, I prefer to call it fiction. I did not write it to give people an understanding of him. This was written with the intention of making a fast-paced page-turner," says Sanghi.
Siddharth Roy Kapoor, UTV CEO announced in a press statement that this adaptation would be UTV's next big political thriller after Raajneeti. The studio is currently in search of directors and writers for the film.