We’ve all seen in the rolling credits of many a movie: “Based on the book……”. It is far less common to see on the title page of a book: “Based on the movie….” A film is now an expected outcome for a successful work of fiction. We read the book and soon enough the movie comes along, with all the attendant discussion on whether it was true to the original. But who expects the reverse? Once a movie with its visual drama has captured our imagination, what would we want from the book? Can we think of a book as being true to the movie? What unique skills of writing and imagery are required to turn a successful film into a compelling book?
Devashish Makhija is a multiple award-winning film-maker and author. He is best known for his films Ajji, Bhonsle and Oonga, the last of which he has subsequently written as a novel.