After the success of films, notably 3 Idiots, that are based on best selling novels of Chetan Bhagat, the trend of making films out of novels is becoming a norm in Bollywood. Many feel that it is a welcome development as many Hollywood films are adaptations of best selling books.
UTV Motion Pictures have recently bought the film making rights of Ashwin Sanghi’s novel Chanakya’s Chant which has become popular with Indian and western readers. The book deals with politics in two radically different eras.
Chanakya’s Chant narrates two parallel political tales, one in Chanakya’s period at around 2300 years ago and the other contemporary India 2000 AD. While the ancient story is largely historical dealing with Chanakya’s rise to power and the clever tactics applied by him towards installing Chandragupta Maurya on the throne, the modern story is fictional and tells the tale of Kanpur’s Pandit Gangasagar Mishra who draws inspiration from the master strategist Chanakya and employs his strategies in a modern context to get his protégée Chandini Gupta appointed as the Prime Minister of India.
UTV feels that after the success of Prakash Jha’s Rajneethi, films based on political themes will be savoured bu the viewers.