Olivier Sanjay Lafont is the author of the book ‘Warrior’. He is also script writer, theater artist, model & actor (movies and commercials). You may be familiar with Suhas Tandon, the groom from whom Kareena Kapoor runs away in Three Idiots. It’s him.
His book ‘Warrior’ is an Epic Fantasy Thriller and has been published by Penguin India. Here’s the video trailer of the book:
Here is a short interview with author Olivier Sanjay Lafont:
- Why did you want to write a novel?
I’ve always wanted to be an author, from a really young age. I wanted to create a really epic modern Indian fantasy story, and that’s why I wrote ‘Warrior’.
- How different was writing novels compared to script-writing for movies?
Writing novels is an open-ended, limitless endeavour where you can really get from the microscopic to the macroscopic scale of story and humanity. In comparison script-writing is an extremely structured craft, you have to fit your story and characters and events in about two hours, along with production considerations.
- Which one of your roles do you cherish the most: Model, Actor, Scriptwriter, Novelist? Anything else?
I don’t cherish one in particular over the other, they’re all very different and give me completely different thrills.
- How long did it take to complete your first novel?
I actually don’t have a figure in mind. I wrote ‘Warrior’ over the weekends since I was working during the week, and there were large spans of time when I just couldn’t get back to it.
- What got you interested in Indian mythology?
I always had an interest in mythology, which I got from my father who is a historian and archaeologist. When my family moved to India from France I became acquainted with Amar Chitra Katha, which was a wonderful introduction to Indian stories and mythology.
- What are your three favorite books (fiction)?
My recent three favourite books are Mark Lawrence’s trilogy ‘The Broken Empire’.
- What is your favorite non-fiction book?
I don’t read much non-fiction, I’m a fiction man all the way.
- What are your hobbies?
Since I consider reading, writing, watching films, watching TV, and working out as constructive to my careers, that only leaves sports as a straight hobby. I watch the NBA, UEFA, and the UFC.
- What’s your dream? What’s the biggest thing you want to achieve in life?
My dream is to be happy doing everything that matters to me. The biggest thing I want to achieve in my life today is give ‘Warrior’ the best platform possible.
- What do you like to read more: Fiction or Non-Fiction (books)?
Fiction. Reading fiction is relaxing, which I need to switch off from work; non-fiction requires more focus from me, so not quite as relaxing.