If you truly desire something and believe that it will come to you, it will: This was the essence of Rhonda Byrne’s bestseller, The Secret. In an exclusive interview, the Australian author talks about the Hollywood movie being made on the book, and if she’d like a Bollywood connection to it.
Byrne’s book is celebrating its 10th anniversary, but its controversial concept attracted a lot of mockery. “Whether you believe in it or not, if you’re happy, you attract happiness,” she says. “Everyone has their own opinion. I’m okay with that.”
The book’s “be happy to attract happiness” concept makes one draw similarities with Indian beliefs about positivity and good karma. But Byrne says that though her research revealed that “there might be some relevance, it’s not obvious”.
As the conversation veers to India, she says, “I wanted to visit India even before I wrote The Secret. But work always comes first. I do love Indian films, though.”
She adds with a smile, “I know that a lot of Bollywood actors have used my book to become big.”
We fish for names, but in vain. Instead, we ask her if she’d like a Bollywood film to be made on her book. “Actually, there’s a Hollywood flick being made on it. It’s about a man in his 40s, and a single mom with three kids. Remember Darcy from Pride and Prejudice? He’s like that,” she says. “I’d love Hugh Jackman to play the part. He’d be perfect! He is such a beautiful human being.”