Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, Frodo Baggins And Now Lord Shiva

What do they all have in common? Sequels, sequels and more sequels.
Saw it in the papers today. Karan Johar of the various tear-jerkers fame is planning to make a movie on the book, the Immortals of Meluha by Amish. In a very recent post I had written about the fact that this trilogy would make for a good movie series, the only difference being, I felt Hollywood was more likely to get it right.

Hrithik Roshan as Shiva and Priyanka Chopra as Parvati, I can still digest to a certain extent. But I seriously doubt the treatment Karan Johar would give to the movie. Shiva-Parvati in Manish Malhotra costumes with Switzerland’s Jungfrau passing off as Mt Kailash, that should be interesting.

I love all the offbeat cinema happening in India today but 2 genres, not happening. Science fiction and history/mythology aren’t really Bollywood’s cup of tea yet. Despite the fact that they both give unlimited scope for imagination, creativity and melodrama, which we Indians are (supposedly) great at; Bollywood fails at execution. I can only see Farhan Akhtar doing some sort of justice to this one but still not at the level of LOR, Harry Potter or the Star Wars series.

As it is, making a movie out of a book is a great challenge. I believe one needs way too many skills for that. You cant fit in everything, the details, descriptions, odd characters, emotions, etc. I don’t think I have seen a movie yet which is a better version of the book its based on. I love watching movies almost as much as reading books but the depths possible in a book are hard to capture on-screen.

But all of that might change with the Shiva trilogy movies, especially because I didnt find the books that great, maybe the movies will be much better. Good luck to Karan Johar, let us see if he can do it without making ‘chikni chameli’ take a dip in the Indus river!


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