‘Degree of separation always exists when adapting a book’
Panaji, Nov 23 : The poet-lyricist Prasoon Joshi believes that it is impossible to bring the author’s exact vision to the big screen while adapting a literary work.
Joshi, who is also the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), said that when a writer writes a book, he puts his imagination forward, but if a film is made with his work as a source, there is a huge possibility. to be different from what the author initially perceived.
“When a writer’s book is interpreted on screen, there is certainly a certain degree of separation: there is a screenwriter, a screenwriter, and then there is music that plays a different role in this interpretation.
“When there are so many people interpreting the work of a writer, there is a strong possibility that it is different from what the writer had imagined,” said Joshi during a round table on the sidelines of the Festival International Film Festival of India. ).
He said that both creations coexist and that does not mean that the book is superior or that the film is inferior.
The national award-winning lyricist stated that an author would never be satisfied with the interpretation of his work.
“He will always feel that cinema does not understand his vision, but the truth is that it is impossible to adapt any piece to the screen, only spirituality can make everyone understand what the writer wrote.
Joshi, who has films as “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” and “De Basanti” to his credit as a writer, said for him what counts is “the intention” behind the performance.
“Every time I collaborated as a writer, there was always a difference between what I imagined and what came out: when I write a song and the musician composed, it’s also different. .
“Like Rang De Basanti, I remember telling AR Rahman that I was writing a recipe for basanti color, that I wrote the song as a recipe and sent it to Rahman. then he composed it, a completely different interpretation, but the only thing I learned in the middle of all this is ‘what was the intention?’ If the intention is correct, everything is perfect, “he said.
Joshi said that many writers and poets opted for cinema because there was a shortage of people interested in literature.