Frontlist | Vikramaditya Motwane, Sudhir Mishra discuss book-to-screen adaptations at Jaipur Lit Fest

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During a virtual session on Evolving Narratives: The Digital Dreamscape at the Jaipur Literature Festival, filmmakers Sudhir Mishra and Vikramaditya Motwane, author Vikram Chandra, Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) member Vani Tripathi Tikoo and Vice President, Content of an OTT platform Monika Shergill discussed how more books are being adapted into films and series now. Due to the flexibility of digital platforms, directors have an option to tell the story in the format (films/series/shorts) they think better suits the book.

It is not as much about directors as it is about writers and actors
Discussing how writers are finally getting their due with books being adapted into series, films or short films, and how streaming platforms are allowing creators to tell these stories, Vikramaditya Motwane said, “If Sacred Games had to be made into a two-hour film (instead of a series) we would have lost so many lovely characters, who became fan favourites. I think the format allowed us to really have fun with that. It was the moment for authors, and I learned pretty early while directing it that it was not so much about the director here even though you are crucial in a sense, but it is about the writers and actors. I think that today, formats are flexible and people can choose in which format- series or movies or short movies they want to tell the story.”

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