Updated : 2020-07-17 14:40:24
Bollywood movie directors’ love for novels has been quite evident and it is this love that has led to some exceptional work in the industry in the form of films like Guide, The Namesake, Maqbool, Haider among several others. The recently released trailer of Mira Nair’s ‘A Suitable Boy’, based on a novel by Vikram Seth, has already become the talk of the town. Another upcoming film Dil Bechara, starring the late actor Sushant Singh Rajput, based on ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ by John Green, has also garnered a lot of support, especially from SSR’s fans. While we wait for these films, here’s a look at some of the best Bollywood movies that are based on novels.
Guide, starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, is based on the critically acclaimed novel The Guide by RK Narayan. The film released in 1965 and was ranked at Number 4 among
Time magazine’s Best Bollywood Classics. (Image: IMDb)
Released in 2002, Devdas, featuring Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, is based on Devdas, a Bengali romantic novel, written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The film was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and is the 3rd version of the novel. (Image: IMDb)
3 Idiots, featuring Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani, is loosely inspired by Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone. The film, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, was released in 2009 and went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time worldwide. (Image: IMDb)
Released in 2006, Omkara is based on Shakespeare’s Othello. The film was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and featured Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan. (Image: IMDb)
The 2005 romantic-drama, starring Vidya Bala, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt, is based on the Bengali novel Parineeta written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This film marked Balan’s debut in Bollywood. (Image: IMDb)
Kai Po Che, featuring Sushant Singh Rajput, Raj Kumar Yadav, Amit Sadh and Amrita Puri, is based on The Three Mistakes of My Life, written by Chetan Bhagat. The movie released in 2013 and performed well at the box office. (Image: IMDb)
Another Chetan Bhagat’s best-seller, 2 States, was turned into a movie. Released in 2014, the film had Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt playing the lead roles.
Based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s novel The Namesake, this Irrfan Khan and Tabu starrer hit the theatres in 2006 and received a great response from critics in America. The movie was directed by Mira Nair and was produced by Indian, American and Japanese studios. (Image:IMDb)
Based on Shakespeare’s famous play, Macbeth, Maqbool was released in 2003. The film, featuring Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah, and Om Puri, was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Pankaj Kapur won the National Award for his role in the film. (Image: IMDb)
Shahid Kapoor and Tabu starrer Haider, which released in 2014, is another film based on a Shakespeare play. The film is inspired by Hamlet. Haider is seen as one of the best roles Kapoor has played so far for which he won many awards too. His performance was highly praised by critics. (Image: IMDb)
‘Lootera’, starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh, was an adaptation of O Henry’s short story ‘The Last Leaf’. The film was directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. (Image: IMDb)
Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol starrer Aisha, which hit theatres in 2010, is based on Emma, a novel written by Jane Austen. The movie received an average response at the box office. (Image: IMDb)