In the West, it's quite common to get hold of books featuring the screenplays of some of the really popular films. However, closer home, the trend of releasing the official screenplay of a film in the form of a book is not too common.
Late last year, Vidhu Vinod Chopra launched the book 'Lage Raho Munnabhai- The Original Screenplay' which featured the complete screenplay of the cult classic. Now the maverick filmmaker plans to continue this tradition even further and plans to release books of not just films made under his banner but also of timeless classics like Mother India, Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke Phool etc. These books will not just feature the original screenplay of the film but also sections such as deleted scenes, casting process and everything else that went into the making of the film. The books will be released through a new division created under Vidhu Vinod Chopra's banner.
The first film to be catalogued in this form will be Chopra's blockbuster 3 Idiots. When contacted, Vidhu Vinod Chopra confirmed the news saying, "Yes, I wish to catalogue the screenplays of classics."
One will have to wait and watch if other filmmakers also follow suit in documenting the screenplays of their films in the form of a book.