Film Bazaar: India’s book-to-screen segment is ripe for development

Film Bazaar: India’s book-to-screen segment is ripe for development

ADVERTISEMENT

The launch of a segment called ‘Book to Box Office’ within the Film Bazaar project market in Goa this week is an attempt to bridge the gap between filmmakers and authors, publishers and literary agencies.

The emergence of an arsenal of streaming platforms in India competing for content has led to a rush for established IP that can be reimagined as movies and TV series. Recent book-to-screen examples include “Sacred Games,” “The White Tiger,” “When Dimple Met Rishi,” “Six Suspects,” and “Those Pricey Thakur Girls.”

The new program, devised by Film Bazaar director Leena Khobragade, will see 27 participants from publishing houses including: HarperCollins, Amar Chitra Katha and Story Ink; literary agencies Siyahi, The Book Bakers, Black Orient Swan; and individual authors pitch a selection of their books to Indian and international filmmakers, sales agents, distributors, OTT platforms, producers and financiers.

ADVERTISEMENT

The pitching sessions are followed by matchmaking sessions where participants can meet one-on-one.

On Monday, Film Bazaar’s Deputy Director Varshaa Jainn will also host an “Introducing Book to Box Office” session as part of the market’s Knowledge Series seminars. The following day, Story Ink’s Sidharth Jain will moderate a ‘From Manuscript to Screenplays’ session with panelists: Vikram Sahay, Co-Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; Sunitha Tati, producer at Guru Films; Preeti Vyas, CEO and Chairman, Amar Chitra Katha; Tanya Bami, Head of Series, Netflix India; and director, author and writer Tahira Kashyap Khurrana.

India has a rich literary tradition, but published writing is a relatively underexplored resource for screen content creators. Jain attributes this to “a film and TV industry and publishing industry fragmented by language, and the lack of a structured story and script development process in the 1980s and 1990s.”

Jain said the change has only come about in the last decade, accelerated by the arrival of global streaming companies. “It’s a new era for writing material and writers,” he told Variety.

“[Launching the new section is] a strong move by the government and especially the NFDC. It will help showcase published material, allow people from the two industries to meet and should fuel a more focused development assistance initiative.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Previous articleHow To Get The Best Personal Loan Rates In 2023 – Forbes
Next article29 Vinted buying and selling tips – MoneySavingExpert