8 Remarkable Novels that made it to the Silver Screen

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Novels have been a source of inspiration for the incredible and glamorous Indian film industry. Some adaptations of books turned out to be super- duper hits, while some didn’t. Let’s take a quick journey to the movies that are adaption of the bestseller books.

1.   Pinjar (2003)

pinjar-poster The movie derived its story from a Punjabi novel with same name. The novel was written by Amrita Prita’. The story revolved around the travails of a young, Hindu woman during the British rule in India, and how the partition affects her family.

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2.   Parineeta (2005)

parineeta-poster It is an adaptation of a Bengali novel, written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. This novel is based on the romance between a rich, spoilt and proud young man, and his adorable orphan neighbour. The novel became the script of Hindi and Bengali films. Its Hindi version was made under the direction of Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

3.   Omkara (2006)


The movie is based on Shakespeare’s Othello. The story depicts a passionate lover, who falls into sexual jealousy, and subsequently his blind obsession becomes the reason of devastation of his beautiful love.

4.   The Namesake (2006)


It is an adaptation of the novel with the same name, written by Jhumpa Lahiri. The story is about two Bengal based immigrants to the U.S. and their American born and brought up children.

5.   Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


The novel ‘Q and A’, written by the diplomat and author Vikas Swarup, was the inspiration of the movie. It is a story of a boy from the slums of Mumbai, who comes on the popular Indian show, ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’. Exceeding people’s expectation, he becomes a millionaire. Thus, suspicions of cheating on the game show arouse. A great movie that combines elements of adventure and crime!

6.   3 Idiots (2009)


The movie is an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat’s novel, Five Point Someone. The story is about three students, who study engineering to fulfil the wishes of their fathers, over their own wishes.

7.   Dev D (2009)


This movie is a modern-day adaption of the classic Bengali novel, Devdas, written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The modern version of Devdas is set in colourful and rustic Punjab, and also moves around morbid, dingy and dark underbelly of capital Delhi.

8.   Aisha (2010)


This romantic comedy movie is an adaptation of novel ‘Emma’ of Jane Austen. Sonam Kapoor, in a lead role, plays a character of a young, fashionable and independent girl. The story is about a contemporary girl, whose matchmaking business creates hilarious situations.  Abhay Deol, who plays a role of her neighbour, advises her to stop meddling into other people’s live and to mind her own business.