Books have always been an aspiration for movie making—be it Indian Cinema or Hollywood. Right from Three Idiots to Macbeth; you will find many movies that have become hits due to their printed counterparts. Here are five Indian movies that have been adapted from popular books or novels.
#1 Movie: Guide (1965)
This movie is a classic remake of the critically acclaimed novel entitled, ‘The Guide’, which was written by R. K. Narayan. The lead actors in this movie—Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman made the movie even more memorable with their stupendous acting. Although the book and the movie start on the same lines, the endings are different. This was definitely done to prod the senses and to give the story a new twist.
#2 Movie: Devdas (2002)
Devdas starring Shahrukh Khan, Maduri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai is based on a Bengali romantic novel that was written by a noted writer Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
#3 Movie: Three Idiots (2009)
3 Idiots was adapted from the novel “Five Point Someone”, written by Chetan Bhagat. The book has a similar storyline as in the movie, but there are some subtle differences that make the movie a good fit for the Indian audiences. The lead roles in this movie are Amir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, and Boman Irani.
#4 Movie: Saawariya (2007)
This movie was adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story entitled ‘White Nights’. This movie was more known for its songs than the movie itself. The director Sanjay Leela Bansali introduced Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor for the first time on the silver screen, which paid off very well due to their starry inheritance.
#5 Movie: 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
7 Khoon Maaf was based on the Ruskin Bond’s short story named ‘Susanna’s Seven Husbands’. Although this movie was not very successful as it was expected to be, but it was critically acclaimed. The lead actor—Priyanka Chopra—tried her best to revive the movie, but in vain.
Here are five Hollywood movies that have been adapted from popular books or Novels
#1 Movie: Mrs. Doubtfire
Mrs. Doubtfire starring Robin Williams is adapted from the book Alias Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. The movie did very well on the big screen and Robin Williams did something very special to bring out the love of a caring father for his children.
#2 Movie: 101 Dalmatians
This movie is all about Dalmatians and their queer lives that are governed by external forces. This movie was adapted from the novel entitled, ‘The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith’
#3 Movie: Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride is a typical story of a father who shows ardent love for his daughter who is about to get married. Adapted from the novel, ‘Father of the Bride’ by Edward Streeter, this movie has a hilarious tinge that mesmerizes the audiences. The impact of the book was phenomenal and the release of the movie gave an impetus to both.
#4 Movie: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
This movie is definitely one of the best martial arts movies ever to be made. The movie has some fantastic special effects that had a phenomenal impact on the minds of the viewers. This movie was adapted from the novel entitled, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” by Wang Dulu. This movie was a hit at the Box office and it created a wave in the cinema world.
#5 Movie: Die Hard
Till date there are four sequels to this movie—the latest being Die Hard 4.0. The first movie, Die Hard, was adapted from the novel named, ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ by Roderick Thorp. The lead actor in this movie is Bruce Willis, who fights his way into the lair of terrorism.
All the aforementioned movies have done well in terms of screenplay and each of them have either modified or adapted the screenplay to suit the interests of the movie-fad audiences. These movies not only gave an impetus to the sale of tickets, but they also had a positive impact on the sales of the books from which they were adapted from.