Have taken quite a bit of references from ‘The Zoya Factor’ book: Sonam

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New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) Actress Sonam K. Ahuja, who is playing the lead role in “The Zoya Factor”, says she has taken quite a bit of reference from Anuja Chauhan’s similarly titled novel for her character in the film.

“I have read the book several times and have taken quite a bit of references for my character in the film,” Sonam told IANS on phone from Mumbai on the sidelines of the third edition of “Word to Screen” Market — an initiative by Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star — held last week.

With Sonam as the festival champion of the two-day event, ‘Word to Screen’ is a platform where the literary world engages directly with the creators of film, TV, and digital content.

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The actress, who is currently filming “The Zoya Factor” along with Sikandar Kher and Dulquer Salmaan, says Chauhan is a part of film’s writing and screenplay too.

“Anuja is a part of the writing and screenplay. She is writing the dialogues and it’s all her vision,” said the actress.

Literature has always been a vital part of the Indian entertainment Industry, Sonam said.

“I think it has been done for many years. In fact, Oscars has a category for adapted films. It should be a category in itself and it should be something that we should be recognizing in India more. I think internationally, people buy books before they are published,” said the actress, who wants the classic “Rebecca” to be adapted in a film.

“Word to Screen” platform this year had books in English, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam, which were optioned by authors and publishers to directors and production houses.

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The MAMI (Mumbai Academy of Moving Image) Recommends List has 36 titles — 25 fiction and 11 non-fiction titles — and the Publishers list with 174 titles for optioning.

Talking about the initiative, Sonam said: “I have been associated with ‘Word to Screen’ since its onset. It has been something that I have been very excited to be part of. I feel the stories of books are are amazing and great. Sometimes when a writer is writing just for a book and not just for a film, it is not corrupt.”



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