Page to screen: Tabish Khair’s ‘How to fight Islamic terror from a missionary position’ to be made into a film


Forfatteren Tabish Khair bor i Danmark og underviser pΠAarhus Universitet
Forfatteren Tabish Khair bor i Danmark og underviser pΠAarhus Universitet

One has to be cautious when it comes to announcements of books being adapted into films. A book might get optioned for film, announcements might get made but the making of a real film rarely follows them. Mohsin Hamid was lucky in getting Mira Nair to make a film out of his novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. So was Jhumpa Lahiri—Nair made a film version of her novel, The Namesake. But even Salman Rushdie had to wait for nearly 30 years before his most famous novel, Midnight Children, was adapted for screen. After many false starts, the film was finally made by Deepa Mehta and released in 2012. Similarly, a film is planned for Amitav’s Ghosh’s The Sea of Poppies (its screenplay is ready), and when Aravind Adiga’s The White Tiger won the Booker Prize, a film was announced—apparently, Farrukh Dhondy was to write the screenplay. However, there is no news on both these films.A few weeks back, Denmark-based novelist and critic Tabish Khair announced on Facebook, with the necessary dose of pre-emptive caution, that his new novel, How To Fight Islamist Terror From the Missionary Position, will be made into film by a British production company. This funny little book addresses a serious theme: ‘Islamic extremism and the Western penchant for stereotyping Muslims’. We wish Khair good luck for the project!

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