Sonam Kapoor buys the rights of a novel on Mahabharata, will adapt it for the silver screen – Apart from old classics, Bollywood is also famous for on-screen adaptations of several novels. There have been quite a few books being translated on the silver screen in the recent past and now, Sonam Kapoor has bought the rights to two bestsellers — Anuja Chauhan’s Battle For Bittora and Krishna Udayasankar’s Govinda.
Earlier, there were reports of Farhan Akhtar and Fawad Khan being cast opposite Sonam in the screen adaptation of Battle For Bittora. Though there has been no further development on this film, the actress is keen on making it soon. However, the news of her buying the rights of Govinda by Udayasankar, who lives in Singapore, has been kept under wraps until now. The Pad Man actress says, “Both (Battle For Bittora and Govinda) can be made into films, and I’m going to do it.”
Govinda is the first in a three-part series, written by Udayasankar, which is a modern retelling of Mahabharata. The three books (Govinda, Kaurava, and Kurukshetra) collectively is called The Aryavarta Chronicles. Sonam adds, “I don’t know which character I will essay, but it’s Indian mythology, which is spectacular and has a lot of potential.”
Apart from these two, the actress has also officially signed the on-screen adaptation of Anuja’s other novel, The Zoya Factor.
The rights have been acquired by Adlabs and Abhishek Sharma will direct the film. Sonam confirms the news but refuses to divulge more details. “Yes, there’s Zoya Factor, too, but I can’t talk about it,” she states.