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However, adaptation comes with its set of challenges. Somnath Sen, the director of Gora, says, "The toughest part was to translate the celebrated text into a script, which would be coherent to the viewers. Also, we had to recreate the era in Bengal as described in the book."
Even with more contemporary works, constant improvisation is a must, says Modi. "You can't stick to everything that is written because times change and people evolve," he says. TRPs also influence a show's slant. For RK Laxman Ki Duniya, a show inspired by RK Laxman's 'common man', Majethia made several changes in the screenplay. "The book has the common man of yesterday, in the show, we changed him to the common man of today," he says.
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