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Converting a book into a film isn’t easy: Amish Tripathi

Amrutha Penumudi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 24, 2014
First Published: 18:57 IST(24/1/2014) | Last Updated: 19:00 IST(24/1/2014)

Author Amish Tripathi’s Shiva trilogy seem to have many takers among filmmakers. First, there was news that Karan Johar is producing a film based on the trilogy, and now, buzz is that even Hollywood wants to make a film based on his works. The 39-year-old tells us more.

You have admitted several times that you faced repeated rejection before The Immortals of Meluha (the first book in the trilogy) got published. Did you ever feel like giving up?
It depends on what you are writing for. Are you writing because you want people to come and tell you that it’s a good book? Or are you writing for your own self? This is what Lord Krishna tells us in the Mahabharata: do your karam (duty), don’t bother about what the outcome might be. This does not mean you become a fatalist, it only means that you do what you like to do and detach yourself from the results. This way, success will never affect you.

Karan Johar will be producing a film based on the Shiva trilogy soon. Screen adaptations often tend to take liberties.Are you okay with that compromise?
You have to understand that these alterations are unavoidable. Converting a 300-page book into a three-hour movie is no easy feat. It’s easier to philosophise in a book because you can get into the mind of a character. However, films have their own visual appeal. 

Do you plan to stick to your genre — Indian mythology, even in your next book?
I still have a lot more knowledge that I would like to tell people about. So, as of now, I am sticking to this genre.

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