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Spreading the web: Book adaptations on OTT platform give wider reach to written words


A discussion on adaptation of books for the screen, especially the web series on the OTT platform, at the Times Litfest turned out to be interesting and intellectually stimulating.

Moderated by Samina Shaikh, the session saw award-winning author Manju Kapur, producer-director Ekta Kapoor, television actor Ridhi Dogra and writer-director Piyush Jha sharing their views on how films made on books enhance the reach of the written words. The discussion also touched upon the revocation of Article 377 and the way society looks at people in same-sex relationships.

When Shaikh asked Kapur how she saw Ekta Kapoor’s The Married Woman, based on Kapur’s book A Married Woman, she said the book would not have reached so many people. “If she had not made a series on it, I don’t think it would have reached so many people. Many people read the book after watching the series,” said Kapur, who taught English literature for three decades at Delhi University’s Miranda House.

Dogra, who played Astha in The Married Woman,said the character had appealed a lot to her. “Astha is a married woman and wants to be loved. I enjoyed playing this character,” she said. Kapoor maintained that the book had far more than what her show could present.

Speaking on same-sex relationships, Jha said people formed opinion about others without knowing them. He also said adaptation of books for the web was going to keep people riveted as the medium had an appeal.

Kapur said she didn’t interfere with the producers adapting her books for films as “my imagination is not visual”. “I was a teacher for 30 years and filmmaking is a different world,” she said.



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