14 May, 2021

Bapsi Sidhwa

The Parsi author on Earth, the film adaptation of her book Ice-Candy Man

Bapsi Sidhwa
How do you feel about the new edition of Ice-Candy-Man with a picture of Earth on the cover?
Absolutely delighted. I was there on the sets. It was very interesting. Film's a completely different medium.

How is it different from the novel?
In a book, it's how you write that matters, in a film the plot's important.

Did you collaborate at all with Deepa Mehta on the film?
Yes, we worked on the script together for a while, but she had her own vision, different from my own more nebulous one. I felt I shouldn't interfere. So I trusted her fully.

Were you a little disappointed with the outcome?
I never thought anyone would take up the daunting task of making it a film. But Deepa did, so she was ready for the challenge. It needed an act of courage. I'm very pleased.

Has the film lost some of the book's emotional complexity?
A film stands on its own merit, integrity and rhythm. It can't be the book. And this one in particular was not easy to translate. It's very complex and layered.

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