‘Web series can create greater awareness about books’
B ooks have inspired many a film. And the film industry — national and international — will continue to seek its stories from the printed word, in 2018, as well.
However, director and author Piyush Jha feels that web series is a great form adapt books into. “Recent research reveals that web series are handy tools for creating greater awareness about the book, and strengthening the culture of reading and writing”, says Jha, who wrote and directed the film Sikandar (2009).
He adds that Indian filmmakers and webseries makers should adapt Indian books which are Indian in the spirit, too. “Over the past couple of years, English books by Indian authors have caught the film industry’s interest. Indian books are being adapted to movies, but these are those that emulate western themes. Those who rue the lack of good writing can do their creative department a favour by picking up some good books, and turn them into great shows. That would, in turn, turn books into international bestsellers. The future generation of Indian writers would be better off for it,” he feels.
Filmmaker Piyush Jha says that web series help create a culture of reading and writing