Amish Tripathi, author of the hugely successful Shiva trilogy, seems upset with rumours that connect filmmaker Karan Johar’s much-talked-about project Shuddhi to his book, Immortals of Meluha.
"Shuddhi has absolutely nothing to do with my book. It’s an independent story. The director of the film Karan (Malhotra) clarified this earlier and I am clarifying it once again," says the author.
However, the author’s books will be turned into a film by Karan Johar’s production house, but that will be a separate film. "The rights to my books belong solely to Karan Johar’s production company and they are making an adaptation out of it. There’s no way anyone else can use it."
Asked if he wants a particular actor to play the lead in the film, the 40-year-old says, "Although I am quite involved in the film, it’s only fair that the production house selects the cast."
And what does Amish Tripathi have to say about the uncanny similarity between actor Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay’s first look, and the cover of his books from the Shiva trilogy? "I don’t think Ajay’s Shivaay has anything to do with my books. I really like his intense look in the film," he says.