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
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.