Boria Majumdar’s best seller Eleven Gods and a Billion Indians will now be picturised in motion. The process has begun. The producers of the Sachin Tendulkar bio-drama ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ have acquired the audio-visual rights for the Boria Majumdar book. The author himself confirmed the development to insidesport.co.
“The audio-visual rights (for the book) have been acquired by 200 Not Out Films, who produced Sachin A Billion Dreams and Aditya Productions, a Bengal-based company. They will now be finalising what works best – a docu-drama or a dramatised version. Visual adaptation will ensure the stories I narrate reach out to a wider audience. That is important for me. More and More people should know the real stories of Indian cricket,” said the author, journalist and historian.
Majumdar is shortly meeting James Erskine, the Sachin A Billion Dreams director, in Oxford next week to further discuss the visual adaptation of the book.
The book – an authentic compilation of unheard tales, anecdotes, politics of Indian sports and rare photographs depicting the history and journey of cricket from the sport’s early days to the modern day commercialisation and razzmatazz – has already caught the imagination the ‘Billion Indians’. It is a best seller today. “I am so glad it is a best seller and has been universally well received. Each airport I have travelled through has seen superb sales: WH Smith Relay and all the shops. I have done signings and was told that the book has been very well received by customers. E-commerce portals like Amazon and Flipkart have rated it ‘Book of the Month’ and I have to say it is quite overwhelming,” shares Majumdar.
However, for all his hard work, passion and efforts, Majumdar is not the one to be content with the ‘best seller’ tag. He wants the book to reach every cricket fan in the country. He has been working on this mission with the passion that reflects in cricket’s hundreds of untold tales compiled in the book. There is an unparalleled marketing methodology in place for a literary work.
“I have worked for a decade and more on this book. It is my life’s work so it is imperative I do all I can to reach out to every possible sports fan. Credit goes to my publishers and my digital team at Octobuzz for planning the campaign. Players and other members in the fraternity were of great help and I have to name Virat, Sourav, Sachin, Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma, Michael Clarke, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir and Murali Vijay among men and Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj among women for making the launches the success stories they turned out to be,” shares Majumdar.
“I have written this book for the fan on the street. Men and women who make the game what it is. I will reach out to them and request them to read.”
To cover the vast and diversified aspects of this Boria Majumdar creation will be an ultimate challenge for a screenplay writer. The subject has all the ingredients for an on-screen entertainer. There are chapters dedicated to cricket-board politics, one field drama, behind the scene anecdotes, struggles and success. A film for sure will have the challenge of encapsulating it all.
As you wait for the drama to unfold on screens, it is worth for each cricket lover in general, and the Indian fan, in particular, to pick his or her copy of the 11 Gods and A Billion Indians to get a real insight into what all we still don’t know about our sporting religion – cricket.