23 Bollywood Movies Based On Books!
Whether we write a book, a song or make a movie, there is always an inspiration that makes it possible.
Bollywood keeps on looking for such inspirations whether it's from south (Tollywood) or it's from the west (Hollywood). But, one thing that really keeps on our filmmakers going is the inspiration from books!
Here's a list of Bollywood movies that are based on books!
1. Chetan Bhagat's books -
Even though the social media loves trolling Chetan Bhagat but we can never ignore him. The author has given Bollywood four movies, out of which two were huge blockbusters!
One Night At The Call Center - Hello
Five Point Someone - 3 States
2 States - 2 States
The 3 Mistakes Of My Life - Kai Po Che
Half Girlfriend- Half Girlfriend
2. Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's books -
He was a Bengali novelist and a story-teller of the early 20th century. He gave us two of the most special movies of Bollywood, Devdas - Devdas and Parineeta - Parineeta.
3. The Guide - Guide
Do you remember "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai"? The movie that gave us this song is one of the classics of Bollywood. R.K Narayan who is also a Padma Vibhushan winner gifted Bollywood the story of Guide.
The novel was also critically acclaimed!
4. Emma - Aisha
Aisha is considered one of Sonam Kapoor's best movies but did you know that it's based on the novel by Jane Austen? Yes, the movie was inspired by the novel, Emma.
We all are aware of Bollywood's love for Shakespeare. We have seen some of the best and iconic movies that were inspired by Shakespeare's novels.
Othello - Omkara
The movie took Bollywood by the storm after it's release. Langda Tyagi, Kesu Firangi or Omkara, these characters are still remembered by all of us. The movie was based on Othello.
Hamlet - Haider
It won't be wrong to say Haider owned 2014 year. The movie that brought Shahid Kapoor back in Bollywood was based on Hamlet written by Shakespeare.
Macbeth - Maqbool
Filled with bloodshed and deceit, the interpretation of a dark tragedy like Macbeth into a Mumbai Gangster story was perhaps as gripping as the play was. With Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Piyush Mishra and Pankaj Kapoor in lead roles, Maqbool is one of the best on-screen adaptation of the Shakespeare play to date.
6. Ruskin Bond
Susanna's seven husbands - 7 Khoon Maaf
Did you know Vishal Bhardwaj had requested Ruskin Bond to elaborate his 4-page story of Susanna's Seven Husbands? The short story was later converted into an 80-page novella that was adapted into a film eventually!
The Blue Umbrella - The Blue Umbrella
Another Vishal Bhardwaj's adaption of Ruskin Bond's novel which was a critically acclaimed film. The movie won the National Award For The Best Children's film in 2005.
7. The Last Leaf - Lootera
Not a book but a short story by O Henry that was converted to a movie by Vikramaditya Motwane.The character of Pakhi Roy Chaudhary was inspired from the story. Although, Vikramaditya developed the character of Nandu (conman) for the movie!
8. White Nights - Saawariya
When we think of Saawariya, the only things that comes to our mind was the towel or how the movie was so blue! Don't you think so? The movie was based on a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky!
9. Sehab, Bibi Aur Golam - Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam
Sehab, Bibi Aur Golam wirtten by a Bengali author, Bimal Mitra was adapted in a movie by Guru Dutt in 1962!
10. The Citadel - Tere Mere Sapne
The movie Tere Mere Sapne is where Dev Anand plays the lead role is the Indian adaption of The Citadel!
11. A Flight Of Pigeons - Junoon
The novel, A Flight of Pigeons was made into the critically acclaimed movie, Junoon by the famous, Shyam Benegal in 1978.
12. Pinjar - Pinjar
Pinjar which is based on the Punjabi novel of the same name written by Amrita Pritam.
13. Shatranj Ke Khiladi - Shatranj Ke Khiladi
Satyajit Ray's masterpiece was in fact, an adaption of Munshi Premchand’s book by the same name!
14. Saraswatichandra - Saraswatichandra
Remember the TV series, Saraswatichandra? Well, it's all an adaption of the novel, Saraswatichandra!
15. Karachi You're Killing Me- Noor
Pakistani author Saba Imtiaz's 'Karachi You're Killing Me' had recieved acclaim and positive critical reception. In 2017, the film adaptation of the book was madew with Sonakshi Sinha in teh lead. She played Noor and instead of Karachi, the movie was based in Mumbai!