Sonam Kapoor has reportedly acquired the rights to ‘The Aryavarta Chornicles’ written by Krishna Udayashankar, a renowned author who has re-told the Mahabharat in a modern context.
According to Hindustan Times, Kapoor who has read the series of books was gripped from the start so much so, that it has inspired her to turn it into a screen adaptation. A close source reveals, “Yes, Sonam has personally secured the rights from Jayapriya Vasudevan, who represents a literary agency. Krishna is a Singapore-based Indian author, known for her modern retelling of Mahabharata through the novels — Govinda, Kaurava and Kurukshetra. The three books collectively comprise The Aryavarta Chronicles. Sonam was hooked to the books the moment she began reading them. That’s when she decided to get the books’ rights for a big screen adaptation.”
Udayashankar shared that Kapoor had responsed after completing the book set saying the ‘Neerja’ (2016) star tweeted the author, “I was zapped and thoroughly star-struck when Sonam first reached out to me to let me know she’d enjoyed The Aryavarta Chronicles.”
Although this is still unconfirmed by the ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ (2015) actress, Udayashankar is eagerly awaiting to work with her, saying after seeing Kapoor’s “passion for the story and its characters; and her down-to-earth attitude that totally blew me away”. “I can’t wait to work with her.”
Udayashankar also added it is “exciting” that ‘The Aryavarta Chronicles’ series is “in the hands of someone with great aesthetic vision”. “Sonam is very passionate about the books and I’m sure her energy is going to make this a great collaboration that will be a game-changer in many ways. I look forward to working with her.”
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