Novel 'The Palace Of Illusions' On Mahabharat From Draupadi's Point Of View To Be Adapted For Movie

| September 27 , 2018 , 14:10 IST

Topnotch novelist and poetess Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's best seller 'The Palace Of Illusions: A Novel' that was published in 2008 is all set to be adopted for the silver screen, media reported on Wednesday.

Producers N. R Pachisia and Dipankar Jojo Chaki have acquired the rights of the novel that is based on the Hindu epic Mahabharata interpreted from Draupadi's point of view- a woman living in a patriarchal world, confirmed N.R Pachisia in her tweet.

The Palace of Illusions is a drill of the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata from the perspective of Draupadi, the wife of the five Pandava brothers. The book chronicles Draupadi’s childhood friendship with Krishna, her marriage to the Pandavas and eventually her exile, and her unspoken fascinations for Karna, her issues with her husbands’ cousins and enemies, the Kauravas.

According to the reports, Pachisia and Chaki are developing the project with 'Asura: Tale of the Vanquished' author Anand Neelkantan who is renowned for his works on Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Divakaruni said in a press release that the book is “perfectly suited” for a film adaptation.

“The Mahabharata, as a story, is powerful and dramatic and most importantly, relevant to our lives both as men and women,” she explained.

Earlier, Divakaruni’s 1997 novel The Mistress of Spices was also made into a film of the same name starring Aishwarya Rai. Her 1999 novel Sister of My Heart was made into a Tamil TV serial, Anbulla Snegidheiye, by Suhasini Mani Ratnam. Some of her works, including The Palace of Illusions, have been adapted into plays.