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I Dont Watch Films Made On My Stories – Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay

Horror comedy film ‘Goynar Baksho’ to Suspense-mystery-thriller ‘Eagoler Chokh’, in recent years Tollywood has witnessed film adaptations of Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s novel more than once. After, ‘Ebar Shabor’ which is based on his detective series, ‘Eagoler Chokh’ which producer Arindam Sil is also running successfully in the theatres.

“Most of the times I don’t watch films made on my stories. I think that I don’t understand cinema, so there’s no point in me watching the film. There are some films which have deviated a lot from the story. But there are also films that I have really like. I liked how Haranath Chakraborty made Chayamoy”, said the noted Bengali author from India. His novels were later adopted in movies like Patalghar, Hirer Angti,  Sadhubabar Lathi, Chayamoy, Ashchorjyo Prodeep.

“When my stories are adapted all I ask the filmmaker is that they shouldn’t change the story’s theme and underlying message. They can make changes in the script as required. I give that freedom to filmmakers as novels and films are different mediums. I don’t interfere or dictate terms because I don’t understand the filmmaking process. I have seen some films which are adaptations of Rabindranath Tagore’s stories. The filmmaker had stuck to the book and the end product hasn’t been that great. Hence, I think I need to give filmmakers that freedom,” adds the Bangladesh-born author.

Sources: hindustantimes

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