Novels, specially fiction, open up a whole new worlds to our
imagination where some of these emerge as classics and bestsellers. It
has now become a common trend to adapt novels into movies hence
BollyCurry brings to you a list of a few of various literary works which
have been adapted to fit the big screen.
is a 1968 film adaptation of the Gujarati
novel of the same name written by Govardhanram Madhavram Tripathi. It
tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers who find their soul mate in
each other over letters. However, fate waves a cruel hand on the couple
and through a series of feuds and misunderstandings, they are ultimately
separated after a short-lived romance. The film was widely recognized
and is best known for being the last Bollywood movie to be made in black
Loosely based on Chetan Bhagat's Five Point Someone
, 3 Idiots
a comedy drama directed by Rajkumar Hirani and starred Aamir Khan
R.Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor
Khan, Omi Vaidya and Boman
Irani in pivotal roles. It follows the life of three friends in a
prestigious engineering college. Despite the ups and downs, all was
happy till one day one of them disappears and it is revealed that he is
not who he claimed to be. The movie was a huge critical and commercial
success, becoming one of the highest grossing Bollywood films of all
Currently a viral among movie-goers, Kai Po Che
(2013) is the latest movie adapted from a novel. Based on Chetan Bhagat's The 3 Mistakes of My Life
this film set in Ahmedabad is also about three friends. It is told as a
flashback from 2000-2002 over the backdrop of how the major happenings
in Gujarat at that time changed their lives forever. It became the first
Indian film to feature in the World Panorama section at it's world
premiere at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival. The Sushant
Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Yadav and Amit Sadh starer also enjoyed critical
and commercial success.
Starring Sonam Kapoor
and Abhay Deol as the leads, Aisha
(2010) is a modern day adaptation of Jane Austen's classical work, Emma
Set in the upper class society of Delhi, it follows the life of a girl,
Aisha, who is heavily into match-making and this is met by disapproval
from her friend and neighbor, Arjun. With much riding on the production,
the chick flick was a below average performer at the box office.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas
(2002) is the
latest of the many adaptations of a Bengali novel by Sharat Chandra
Chattopadhyay, with which it also shares it's name. Starring Shah Rukh
Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit Nene in the leading roles, it tells the
tragic tale of Devdas who loses the love of his life and
becomes alcoholic, ultimately resulting in his death. It became the
highest grossing film of 2002 and won several awards and accolades as
marked the debut of director Pradeep Sarkar in Bollywood. Starring
Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt
, it is a musical film
adaption of the 1914 novella of the same name by Sarat Chandra
Chattopadhyay. It revolves around Shekhar and Lalita who are childhood
friends. Their friendship eventually blossoms into love, only to be
opposed by his father creating a series of misunderstandings. But
against all odds, the couple manages to reunite and live happily ever
was critically acclaimed and a box office success in India as well as overseas.
Marking the debut of two star kids, Ranbir Kapoor
and Sonam Kapoor
(2007) is based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's short story, White Nights
The film was produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and was the
first Bollywood movie to receive a North American release by a
Hollywood studio. Spanning over four nights, it tells the story of
Ranbir Raj who falls in love with a girl but loses her by reuniting her
with her lover who she meets after months of separation. Despite the
hype surrounding it, Saawariya
met with negative reviews in India and mixed reviews abroad and was commercially declared a flop.
A multi-starrer co-written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, Omkara
is a 2006 film adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello
It revolves around Omi, the leader of a gang who commits political
crime and his two lieutenants, Langda and Kesu. The main plot starts
when Omi chooses Kesu over Langda as his successor and in an attempt to
avenge both of them, Langda falsely implicates that Kesu is having an
affair with Dolly, Omi's fiance. In a fit of rage Omi shoots Kesu and
throttles Dolly and when he realizes the fatal misunderstanding, he
commits suicide. Despite it's dark theme and strong language, Omkara
was a critical and commercial success.
An adaptation of another Shakespeare play Macbeth
by Vishal Bhardwaj, Maqbool
(2003) had a North American premiere at the 2003 Toronto International
Film Festival. Set in the backdrop of the Mumbai underworld, Maqbool
the right hand man of the powerful underworld don -Abbaji. His ambitions
lead him to murder the don with the help of Abbaji's mistress, Nimmi
who is actually in love with Maqbool
. Guilt and suspicions of the other
gang members lead to a tragic end for the couple. Though it failed to
entice much of a commercial audience, Maqbool
was a critical success.
Yet another by Vishal Bhardawaj project, 7 Khoon Maaf
(2011) is a black comedy based on Ruskin Bond's short story, Susanna's Seven Husbands
It follows the life of Susanna, a femme fatale, who falls for all the
wrong men in her life and ends up killing them all. The movie was
critically acclaimed and though it opened to a weak response, it managed
to be declared a plus at the box office at the end of it's run.
Based on a Punjabi novel of the same name, Pinjar
with one of the most historic events in India: it's partition and the
religious problems which followed. Puro, a young Hindu woman, is
kidnapped by a Muslim, Rashid, because of the tensions between their
respective families. Despite his evilness, Puro sees that Rashid is
genuinely falling in love with her and is repenting what he did. In the
end, she chooses Rashid over a chance to return back to her old life.
Starring Urmlia Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai and Sanjay Suri, the film was a
critical and commercial success.
is an upcoming Bollywood movie slated to release later this year. It
shares it's name with Chetan Bhagat's novel on which it is based. It is a
story of Krish and Ananya who are deeply in love but hail from
different states where their marriage is opposed. How they convince
their family for the same forms the rest of the plot. The film stars
Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles.
similar in plot, a film offers a different flavor to the events of a
story as compared to it's written version. Do leave your views on this
ongoing trend in Bollywood and how the experience of reading a novel
differs from watching it's movie adaptation for you.Author: Neethi B.
Editors: Komal P. & Jenifer Y.
Graphics: Marsh P.