I read with interest on Bollywoodhungama.com that Hansal Mehta is collaborating with me over a film adaptation of Kane and Abel, and has chosen Rajkummar Yadav to play one of the protagonists. In the same article, Mehta says how he had earlier adapted my book for television. Mr Mehta claims it was a 'game-changer' on Indian TV, and then goes on to say he's looking forward to taking it to the larger screen. It's time to tell my Indian fans, and other English authors, that I have never met, or had any contact with Mr Mehta, who does not have the television or film rights to Kane and Abel. It seems he just stole my book, and has not paid me one penny in compensation. Bollywood needs to join the real world - too often authors' works are stolen and the title and story changed so little that the critics pick it up immediately, and even mention the author. In the case of Kane and Abel, Mehta is quite open about it - which may be the most honest thing about him. If anyone would like to buy the rights to any of my books, pleasse don't steal them - just get in touch with my agent at Curtis Brown in London.
Just one month to publication in paperback of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, out on 28th August.
Undoubtedly, Mr Ben Brantley, the New York Times theatre critic, is a brilliant, witty, sophisticated and seasoned fellow, and the citizens of New York are lucky to have someone of his calibre to brief them on what's happening in the theatre world. However, the man is far too powerful. In fact he seems to be more powerful than President Obama - mind you, that's not saying much. I won't be the first person to say that it's not good for New York to have only one really serious and respected critic.