UPDATE: 4th Jan 2011 – KARAN JOHAR via DHARM PRODUCTIONS has bought the movie rights to the SHIVA TRILOGY
Below is the Times Of India report (by Upala K Basu, TNN | Jan 4, 2012, 12.00AM IST)
Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions has landed the film rights of Amish Tripathi’s best-selling debut novel, The Immortals of Meluha. The book had attracted much attention since Amish announced he was on the lookout for a producer to adapt his book. Producers from Hollywood and Bollywood were vying for the film rights, even as his second book in the Shiva Trilogy,The Secret of the Nagas was launched.
Says an insider, “Karan credits the buying to the CEO of Dharma Productions, Apurva Mehta, who had been negotiating for the book rights for months.” The emotional content and the love story between Shiva and Parvati are very strong elements in the novel. Karan will look into finer details, apart from the screenplay. Since it deals with religion and mythology he will make sure that the subject will be treated with sensitivity.
That search has now ended. Says a happy Amish, “I believe that my books are a result of Lord Shiva’s blessings. He is a God who excites intense passions. If one wants to tell His story, it can only be done with intense passion and commitment. And that is what I saw in Dharma Productions towards The Immortals of Meluha. I believe that my book is in very safe hands with Karan and his team.”
Says Karan, “I was blown away with the world of Meluha and rivetted by Amish’s creation of it. I think the book lends itself beautifully for celluloid and we are very excited to promote Amish’s labour of love effectively.” Now the big question is who is going to direct a film of this magnitude from Dharma and which big star will play Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati?
Update: 9th Aug 2011 – The new video trailers for Amish’s adventure fiction titled The Secret Of The Nagas (which is the second part of the Shiva Trilogy) has just been released! The Shiva Trilogy trailers have now become a digital media event thanks to the breakout hit of the first part “Immortals Of Meluha”.
Watch the trailers for The Secret Of The Nagas book launch made by ad agency Think Why Not and film makers Amit Pandirkar and Shibu below.
Trailer 1: Introducing Sati
Trailer 2: SOMRAS: The Elixir Of Immortality
Trailer 3: Introducing The Naga Warrior
Credits:Concept, Storyboard & Scripted by: Think WhyNot Integrated & special thanks to Amish Tripathi for his valuable inputs
Debangshu Kerr — Creative Director
Hrishikesh Pote — Group Art Director
Shalini Iyer, Suruchi Shetty & Shaista Wadhwania — Project Management
A Film By: May Shower Pictures
Shibu Tholath –Producer
Amit Pandirkar — Director
Krishna Banjan – Cinematographer
Harsh Karangale – Music
Annu Poojary – Sound Engineer
Dominic Tholath – Associate Producer
Shirish Bichkar – Production Manager
Harsha Malaney – Asst. Director
Alisha Netalklar – Stylist
Samir Gohel – Art Director
Vijendra Solanki – Compositor
Amit Bankar – 3D artist
Parthsarathi Iyer – VFX Supervisor
Suresh Ghadigaonkar – Offline Editor
About “The Secret of the Nagas” – The Secret of the Nagas is the second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the No 1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.
Shiva’s hunt for the Naga who killed his friend Brahaspati and targeted his wife Sati, takes him down India’s major river networks, searching for traitors and seeking allies in his war against evil. But evil is rising again, more potent than ever. A whole nation is dying. Another, suffering for no fault of its own. Everyone is suspect: new friends, old allies and even his philosopher guides. At every corner, Shiva finds evidence of Naga activity. A crown prince is murdered. A people held to ransom for a miracle drug made only by the Nagas.
Shiva’s journey takes him across the length and breadth of Swadweep, to the land of the Brangas and further south, deep into the Dandak forest. Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries — only to find that nothing is what it seems.
Book 2 of the Shiva trilogy takes up from the point where Shiva is dashing to save Sati at the end of The Immortals of Meluha. Does he succeed? His archenemy seems to be winning every encounter. All Shiva knows for sure is that the Chandravanshis aren’t evil. But then, neither are the Suryavanshis. So who or what is evil? And who is the mysterious Naga that stalks his family? What does he want? What is The Secret of the Nagas?
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Below is the much talked about cover of the sequel: The Secret Of The Nagas.
Here’s a brief summary of the book taken from Flipkart’s site:
Today, He is a God.
4000 years ago, He was just a man.
The hunt is on. The sinister Naga warrior has killed his friend Brahaspati and now stalks his wife Sati. Shiva, the Tibetan immigrant who is the prophesied destroyer of evil, will not rest till he finds his demonic adversary. His vengeance and the path to evil will lead him to the door of the Nagas, the serpent people. Of that he is certain.
The evidence of the malevolent rise of evil is everywhere. A kingdom is dying as it is held to ransom for a miracle drug. A crown prince is murdered. The Vasudevs Shivas philosopher guides betray his unquestioning faith as they take the aid of the dark side. Even the perfect empire, Meluha is riddled with a terrible secret in Maika, the city of births. Unknown to Shiva, a master puppeteer is playing a grand game.
In a journey that will take him across the length and breadth of ancient India, Shiva searches for the truth in a land of deadly mysteries only to find that nothing is what it seems.
Fierce battles will be fought. Surprising alliances will be forged. Unbelievable secrets will be revealed in this second book of the Shiva Trilogy, the sequel to the #1 national bestseller, The Immortals of Meluha.