World Book Day Special: Did You Know These Five Films Were Originally Based On A Novel?

World Book Day
Author : Sayli Borkar

It is said that You will never be alone with a book in your hand. Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well. And who can understand this better than the bibliophiles? But when your favourite novel is made into a silver screen production, it is certainly a different experience altogether.  From Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones to Guide and Parineeta, novels turning into a silver screen productions have always been a talk of the town. Though there will be a constant argument about what’s better the book or the movie, this world book day we are celebrating the day for all bibliophiles. Here is a list of some of the Bollywood classics which are originally based on novels. Check out the list right away: Happy World Book Day!





Devdas is based on a 1917 Bengali romance novel of the same name written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. And not once, twice but the film of the same name based on the novel was made thrice. But Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial 2002 Hindi version starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Madhuri Dixit-Nene surely captured our heart! And now even Sudhir Mishra‘s take on this classic titled Daas Dev is all slated to release on 27th April.


Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy – Maqbool, Omkara, and Haider


There would hardly be anyone who is not familiar with Shakespeare‘s legendary tragedies titled Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet. But Indian audience got the real glimpse of his work when Vishal Bhardwaj who started his career as a music composer, attempted a Shakespeare trilogy, where he directed three films based on these three classic books. Maqbool based on Macbeth, Omkara based on Othello and recently Haider based on Hamlet garnered much praise for the director. He even won two national awards for two of the films.


Chetan Bhagat’s Series


Chetan Bhagat, an IIM alumnus turned writer with his first ever novel Five Points Someone to be a bestseller and since then there is no turning back for him. Not one or two but his 5 books were made into films (Can you Believe that?). Though the first film Hello (2008) was no good at the box-office,  the other 3 including 3 idiots based on Five Points Someone, Kai Po Che based on 3 Mistakes of My Life and 2 states based on the book of the same name, worked wonders at the box-office. But again the recent Shraddha Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor starrer Half Girlfriend failed to make much noise.




The 2013 Indian period romance film Lootera, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane was partly based on author O. Henry’s 1907 short story The Last Leaf. Set in the era of the 1950s, against the backdrop of the Zamindari Abolition Act by the newly independent India, it tells the story of a young archaeologist and the daughter of a Bengali zamindar starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in leads. Though the film did not do well on the box office, the music by Amit Trivedi garnered much appreciation.


The Zoya Factor


The Zoya Factor is an upcoming film starring Sonam Kapoor and Mollywood icon Dulquer Salmaan in the leads which is a screen adaption of Anuja Chauhan’s best-selling novel of the same name. The Zoya Factor tells the tale of a Rajput girl, Zoya Solanki (Sonam), who meets the Indian Cricket Team through her job as an executive in an advertising agency and ends up becoming a lucky charm for the team in the 2010 Cricket World Cup. Zoya was born at the moment when India lifted the 1983 World Cup. Well, it will be pretty exciting to watch right?


So this World Book Day, let us know the novels you wish would be done in a screen adaption in comments! Happy reading!

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