Q&A WITH ANUJA CHAUHAN

Re­leas­ing this month, Sonam Kapoorstar­rer The Zoya Fac­tor is an adap­ta­tion of Anuja Chauhan’s best­selling novel. The au­thor says the re­wards of see­ing her work tran­si­tion are worth the labour

India Today - - CONTENT - —with Suhani Singh

Q. They say a film can never mea­sure up to the book it is adapted from. Any ex­cep­tions?

I re­ally liked The Lord of the Rings movies, but there are many I vi­o­lently hate. A movie plays in your head when you are read­ing a book. As a reader, you will never be sat­is­fied.

Q. How easy was it to let go of

The Zoya Fac­tor?

As a writer, the money is good. It also opens your read­er­ship. The au­di­ence for films is vaster than for books. Even­tu­ally, ev­ery­one writes to be read.

Q. Do you end up ex­pand­ing on the uni­verse you have al­ready cre­ated while writ­ing for screen?

There’s a lot of white space in a screen­play, a lot of what you do is more in­vis­i­ble than on pa­per. You feel it is en­riched. You get a sec­ond chance with it.

Q. Screen rights for your books Bat­tle for Bit­tora and Baaz have also been bought. You are de­vel­op­ing the web series of Those Pricey Thakur Girls. Have you fig­ured out the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try?

You can’t and I’m not in­ter­ested to. You just need to find a few like-minded peo­ple who are ex­cited, are con­trol freaks and ob­ses­sive like I am and want to make a good film. I have that maz­door men­tal­ity—let’s write some­thing.

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