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A number of tomes are being made into films and/or web series

I am Senior Assistant Editor with the Forbes India magazine in Mumbai. A journalist for over a decade, I am also the author of Ramakant Achrekar: Master Blaster’s Master, a biography of the great cricket coach, and Vinod Kambli: The Lost Hero, a biography of the former India cricketer. Apart from my love for news and writing, I am passionate about cricket, movies and music

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As Sacred Games based on Vikram Chandra’s novel by the same name, continues to draw viewers on Netflix, here’s a list of six books that are being made into movies or web series:

The Accidental Prime Minister
Directed by Vijay Gutte, the film is an adaptation of Sanjay Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. Actor Anupam Kher will step into the shoes of the former prime minister.

The Fault In Our Stars
John Green’s popular novel is now being made into a Hindi movie, Kizie Aur Manny, featuring actor Sushant Singh Rajput and newcomer Sanjana Sanghi. It marks the directorial debut of casting agent Mukesh Chhabra. The tragic love story of two cancer patients was also made into a Hollywood film in 2014.

A Suitable Boy
Filmmaker Mira Nair will direct an eight-hour long adaptation of Vikram Seth’s bestseller book for the BBC. The 1,400-word novel about a young woman’s search for love and identity in independent India is being adapted by noted screenwriter Andrew Davies, who wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary.

The Krishna Key
Ashwin Sanghi’s thriller is set to be adapted into a movie as well as a web series. The story of a history professor who has been accused of murder is likely to be streamed sometime in 2019. The book is his third novel after The Rozabal Line and Chanakya’s Chant.

Selection Day 
Arvind Adiga’s book is set to become Netflix’s second Indian original series after Sacred Games. Production has begun on the story of a 14-year-old boy destined for cricketing greatness. The streaming giant has collaborated with Seven Stories and Anil Kapoor’s production house for the series.

The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Got Away
Director Hansal Mehta is helming a 10-part web series on the scams in the Indian stock market, especially those by stockbroker Harshad Mehta. The series, helmed by Applause Entertainment, is based on the book, The Scam: Who Won, Who Lost, Who Got Away by journalists Debashis Basu and Sucheta Dalal.

(This story appears in the 17 August, 2018 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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