‘Web se­ries can cre­ate greater aware­ness about books’

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - Live - - TIME OUT -

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.

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Film­maker Piyush Jha says that web se­ries help cre­ate a cul­ture of read­ing and writ­ing

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