English, August (English, Paperback, Chatterjee Upamanyu)
English, August Screenplay is the screenplay of the landmark film adaptation of Upamanyu Chatterjee’s novel.
Summary of the Book
A long-awaited release, this book brings readers the screenplay of Dev Benegal’s adaptation of the original novel. It tells the story of Agastya Sen, also known as August. A new government job takes August to the hottest town in India, where he is surrounded by incompetent co-workers. He feels left out in this new environment, and begins to use drugs and daydreams to find a way out. The comedy that ensues has made this story one of the classic movies of recent times.
About the Authors
Upamanyu Chatterjee is an Indian novelist and civil servant working as Joint Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Defence. An Indian Administrative Service officer from Maharashtra Cadre, he has also written: The Last Burden, The Mammaries of the Welfare State and Weight Loss.
Dev Benegal is an Indian director and screenwriter. English, August was his first movie.
English, August was adapted from Upamanyu Chatterjee’s novel, English, August: An Indian Story. The movie is considered to be a landmark in Indian contemporary film. It won the Silver Montgolfiere and the Gilberto Martinez Solares prize for the Best First Film at the 1994 Festival des 3 continents, the Best Feature Film in English at the 1995 National Film Awards, India and a Special Jury Prize at the 1994 Torino International Festival of Young Cinema.