SUNDAY MAGAZINE

Lessons from Britain

INDIAN writers seem to have taken a leaf out of British authors' books. Struggling to gain acceptance for literary works with generation next, they adapt the books for television.

So it was no surprise when noted director and lyricist GULZAR decided to adapt some of Munshi Premchand's short stories in a televised serial called "Tehreer Munshi Premchand Ki". He said that it was no use criticising today's generation for not appreciating these works. "Times have changed. In my youth, we relied on books and radio. Today TV is a powerful medium and using it is one way of gaining acceptance." Unfortunately, Gulzar's wish to hook the younger generation may not happen. Doordarshan seems to have overlooked the fact that most of its target audience will be in bed by 10 p.m.

SUCHITRA BEHAL

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