10 Indian movie adaptations of famous novels- 1
An average Indian often watches movies but when it comes to books the number of readers drops exponentially in comparison to movie audience. So there is very less chance of movie audience and book readers and enjoying something together and discussing it with full enthusiasm. That’s when Indian movies based on novels come into play which both community can discuss together. Therefore, we have prepared a list which includes the movies that brought the novels on big screen.
Starting with the novel which was adapted first on the big screen is 1917’s Devdas by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay originally written in Bengali. Although the book was completed in September 1900. the novel was published in June 1917. The story pivots a tragic triangle linking Devdas, an archetypal lover in separation; Paro, his forbidden childhood love; and Chandramukhi, a reformed courtesan.
Devdas has been adapted on screen 20 times for films but the most popular versions are 1955’s Devdas directed by Bimal Roy starring Dilip Kumar as Devdas, Suchitra Sen as Parvati Chakraborty/ Paro and Vyjayanthimala as Chandramukhi and 2002’s Devdas directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali starring Shah Rukh Khan as Devdas, Aishwarya Rai as Parvati Chakraborty/Paro and Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi.
2. The Guide-
The Guide is a 1958 novel written by R.K. Narayan in English. Like most of his novels this book is also based on Malgudi, fictional town of South India. This novel explains the transformation of Raju from a corrupt tour guide to a spiritual guide and then to one of the greatest holy men of India.
In 1965, 7 years after the novel was published, the novel found its way on the big screen. The movie was released as Guide directed by Vijay Anand starring Dev Anand as Raju and Waheeda Rehman as Rosie Marco. The movie proved itself unforgettable for its extra ordinary performances by lead actors and memorable music by S.D. Burman. After 42 years of its release, the movie was screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Another novel of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay Parineeta published in 1914 was adapted on big screen. It is a novel of social protest which explores issues of that time period related to class and religion. Same like Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Devdas, this movie also has been adapted to many films but the most popular versions are 1953’s Parineeta directed by Bimal Roy starring Ashok Kumar as Shekhar Rai and Meena Kumari as Lalita and 2005’s Parineeta directed by Pradeep Sarkar starring Saif Ali Khan as Shekhar Roy and Vidya Balan as Lalita. 2005’s Parineeta also marks the debut of fine actress Vidya Balan.
Othello is a tragedy drama written by William Shakespeare. It is believed to be written in 1603. It is based on the story Un Capitano Moro by Cinthio , first published in 1565. The story revolves around its two central characters: Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his treacherous ensign, Iago. The theme of this play is racism, love, jealousy, betrayal, revenge, and repentance.
This play was adapted to 2006’s film Omkara directed by Vishal Bhardwaj starring Ajay Devgn as Omkara ‘Omi’ Shukla, Kareena Kapoor as Dolly Mishra, Saif Ali Khan as Ishwar ‘Langda’ Tyagi, Vivek Oberoi as Keshav ‘Kesu Firangi’ Upadhyaya, Bipasha Basu as Billo Chamanbahar, Konkona Sen Sharma as Indu Tyagi, Deepak Dobriyal as Rajan ‘Rajju’ Tiwari and Naseeruddin Shah as Bhaisaab. This movie got very positive ratings but did fair performances at the box office because the dark theme and strong language of this movie kept away the family audiences. However, this movie was a huge success abroad.
Macbeth is a tragedy drama by William Shakespeare. It is believed to be first performed in 1606. It dramatizes the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake.
This drama of William Shakespeare is adapted as 2003’s Maqbool directed by Vishal Bhardwaj starring Irrfan Khan as Miyan Maqbool, Tabu as Nimmi, Pankaj Kapoor as Jahangir Khan (Abbaji), Om Puri as Inspector Pandit, Naseeruddin Shah Inspector Purohit and Piyush Mishra as Kaka. This film is based on Macbeth with the Mumbai underworld as backdrop. This film also failed to garner much audience in India but received positive reviews from critics and Pankaj Kapoor won film fare award for best actor and national award for best supporting actor.