Follow Mint Lounge

Latest Issue

Home > How To Lounge> Books > Ten Bollywood films based on books

Ten Bollywood films based on books

'Fitoor' the 'Great Expectations' adaptation is one of the many Hindi films based on literary work. A list of movies inspired by literature

Aditya Roy Kapur in a still from ‘ Fitoor’<br />
Aditya Roy Kapur in a still from ‘ Fitoor’

New Delhi: Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur-starrer Fitoor may not have set the box office ablaze but the Great Expectations adaptation is one of the many Hindi films based on or inspired by literary work. Here are some other film inspired by literature.

1. Bombay Velvet (2015): The period crime drama directed by Anurag Kashyap was based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables. Despite popular faces like Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, the film made less than 25 crore at the box office.

2. 2 States (2014): The romantic comedy was based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel by the same name, on love that blossoms across different states and cultures. Featuring Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt in lead roles, the film made more than 100 crore at the box office despite fairly mixed reviews.

3. Aisha (2010): Sonam Kapoor’s romantic comedy set in plush south Delhi was an adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. Directed by Rajshree Ojha, the film that revolves around a girl who believes she’s perfect at match-making earned about 18 crore at the box office.

4. U Me Aur Hum (2008): The romantic drama directed by Ajay Devgn was inspired by Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook. Starring Devgn himself along with wife Kajol, the film made slightly over 11 crore at the box office.

5. Pinjar (2003): The period drama directed by Chandra Prakash Dwivedi was based on a Punjabi novel of the same name by Amrita Pritam set during Partition. The film, starring Urmila Matondkar and Manoj Bajpayee, made slightly over 4 crore in box office collections and also won the National Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

6. Devdas (2002): Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic drama was based on the 1917 Bengali novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay by the same name. Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai, this was the third Hindi version of the film after the ones featuring Dilip Kumar and K.L Saigal. It earned close to 25 crore in box office collections.

7. 1947 Earth (1998): Director Deepa Mehta’s period drama was based on the Bapsi Sidhwa novel Crackling India, originally published as Ice Candy Man. The film, featuring Aamir Khan, Nandita Das and debutant Rahul Khanna, made a little over 3 crore at the box office. It was also chosen as India’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film that year.

8. Masoom (1983): Shekhar Kapur’s directorial debut was an adaptation of author Erich Segal’s Man, Woman and Child, featuring Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles. The film made more than 2 crore at the box office and is particularly remembered for child actor Jugal Hansraj’s performance as an illegitimate son.

9. Umrao Jaan (1981): The Muzaffar Ali film that won lead actor Rekha the National Award was based on the Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada by Mirza Hadi Ruswa on the life of the famous Lucknow courtesan. The film also inspired a remake, starring Aishwarya Rai, in 2006.

10. Guide (1965): Starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman, the film was directed by Vijay Anand and based on R.K Narayan’s The Guide. While the Hindi version opened to a phenomenal response making more than 3 crore, a 120-minute American version written by Pearl S. Buck, and directed and produced by Tad Danielewski was released too.

All figures have been sourced from movie websites Bollywood Hungama and IBOS Network.

Next Story