Deepa Mehta to direct adaptation of Avni Doshi's novel Burnt Sugar
The book tells the story of Tara, who, after a wild youth, faces challenges when she is older and must rekindle her relationship with her daughter
Set in Pune, the novel tells the story of Tara, who, after a wild youth, faces challenges when she is older and must rekindle her relationship with her daughter.
"Depicting complicated human connections are what drive most of my projects and I look forward to delving into the complex, layered, and at times surprisingly dark mother-daughter relationship that is so shockingly illustrated in this novel," said Mehta.
"Burnt Sugar is often sprinkled with razor-sharp humour and its unexpected take on the old-as-time relationship left me gasping. It grabbed me from its first sentence and I couldn't say yes fast enough when I was asked to bring the vision to the screen."
Ben Silverman's Propagate Content has acquired audiovisual rights for the novel and will produce. The deal with Propagate was negotiated by Anna Soler-Pont at the Pontas Literary & Film Agency on behalf of Doshi, according to reports.
Burnt Sugar was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize, and longlisted for the 2021 Women's Prize. The novel has sold over 1,50,000 copies worldwide.