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SUNDAY SHOTS - SONAM K AHUJA

By Saionee Chakraborty
  • Published 9.09.18
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Sonam is the Festival Champion for Word to Screen Market by MAMI 

For you, the highlight at the Word to Screen Market by MAMI this year was...

It is getting bigger every year. This year we had over 200 books across six languages — English, Assamese, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam — being optioned by authors and publishers to directors and production houses. I have read some of the books but have not got a chance to go through each book as I was busy shooting for The Zoya Factor. 

You have nominated friends and family to share their favourite adaptations on social media... 

Yes, I have been associated with the Word to Screen Market by MAMI since its outset. Many people don’t read books as they resort to other sources of entertainment like mobile phones, TV or tablets. Not many know that movies like Gone With The Wind, Breakfast at Tiffany’s are all based on books. A set of people know that The Godfather is based on a book, but not the larger audience. It’s important to make it known that they have been based on books.

Sonam with co-star Dulquer Salmaan in The Zoya Factor

We have always imagined you as Zoya from The Zoya Factor and are excited that it’s finally being shot. 

Thank you, so am I. The Zoya Factor is a great story, I like all the girls that Anuja Chauhan writes. They are real, and they are the heroes of the story. Everybody always thought that I should be Zoya, I don’t know why. It’s a very fun character and I relate to it. I like the fact that she is very normal and is struggling with herself like all young girls.

Zoya falls in love with the Indian cricket captain. Your favourite cricket captain... 

Kapil Dev.

The most voracious reader in your family...

Me. I love fiction, and biographies, which are non-fiction, but I like them... autobiographies as well.

Your all-time favourite read... 

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

And authors...

My all-time favourites are mostly Indian authors. I like classical writing the most.

What you love about Jane Eyre...

I love Jane Eyre because it is a book of perseverance, feminism and self-respect, and a beautiful love story at the same time.

Your favourite airport read right now...

I just finished reading Kitchen Confidential.

One of your peers who has an enviable collection of books...

I don’t know about my peers but Homi Adajania has as many books as I do.