As you know, a movie adaptation of a book is always bad. Like really bad. Something that makes you ask ‘why God why!’ especially if you are a part of the fandom. And as they say life is unfair, and every once in a while, a movie comes along which surpasses all the benchmarks and it makes you question your prejudice against book to movie adaptations.
At The Royale, we celebrate everything nice so why not give some importance to the biggest selling marketing tool in our country- Bollywood and the best book to movie adaptations it has churned out till date?
Written in 1917 and adapted over eight times in India, this book has had remakes of its own remakes. It was penned by the Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, and each adaptation has surpassed the previous one. Be it the 1935 remake or the 1955 one featuring Dilip Kumar or be it the 2002 remake with Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit or the more modern 2009 release- Dev D; this movie will definitely feature in the ‘good’ column of books to movies list. What’s not to love? Love? Check. Love not working out? Check. Drama? Check. Loads of drama? Check. The friend who is always high? Check. To get over someone you have to find someone else? Check. Alcohol? Check mate.
The book was written by R. K. Narayan and the movie adaptation was released in 1965. A movie which took the country by storm had actors Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehaman playing the protagonists’ role. The story of a guide who falls in love with a much married but an extremely beautiful dancer and how she leaves her husband but due to turn of events the guide turns towards a spiritual journey, is a classic on its own. It was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007.
Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, this dark story is told via an equally dark part of Bombay- its underworld. A stellar cast of Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Tabu was brought together by Vishal Bhardwaj and he proved his mettle and the awesome directorial and musical abilities through this movie. He went on to make Omakara (Othello) and Haider (Hamlet) which were huge successes nationally and internationally.
Another novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, Parineeta was adapted into a movie in 2005. Vidya Balan’s debut movie launched her as an actress who has talent rather than just beauty. This musical drama had brilliant songs, brilliant locations and of course, brilliant acting.
A chilling true story of the Bombay blasts is actually adapted from the book of the same name written by Hussain Zaidi. As the movie intricately carves out details of what took place and how the guilty were caught, one cannot help but wonder as to how Anurag Kashyap managed to bring the book alive on screen. A terrific acting by the cast, the movie got a lot of accolades and awards. Being such a controversial topic the movie release was delayed by three years.
Based on Chetan Bhagat’s Five Point Someone, the movie surpassed everything and broke all barriers including (for the VERY first time) that of the book. This is one movie, which we feel, has made an impact on today’s generation telling them to do what they want to rather than be stuck in an engineering class when you’d rather be capturing beautiful moments on your camera. This movie created the much needed turning point and you still wonder why Bollywood rules.
Initially a four page short story by Ruskin Bond, this 80 page novel was re-written after Vishal Bhardwaj requested Ruskin Bond to help him with the script for the movie. Susanna’s Seven Husbands is a quest of a lady who has been searching for true love and her husbands are subjected to her wrath due to their fatal flaws. Priyanka Chopra did a commendable job as Susanna but the movie did not do as well in the box office.
Yes we are aware there loads more book to movie adaptations (extremely good ones. Believe us, we know. We had to cut down the list to just these) before you start throwing stones at us. The one other good thing good adaptations do is help people who hate reading, know the awesome stories they miss out on. What’s the one movie you think has totally surpassed the book in Bollywood? Tweet to us or mention in the comments below.