Writing a screenplay is very different from writing a book. Yet, there have been many filmmakers who have succeeded in bringing a common platform for the book lovers and cinema lovers. Here’s a list of Bollywood films that are based on novels and books.Inspiration is the fuel Bollywood runs on. Sometimes, we’re inspired by Hollywood movies, sometimes the Tollywood movies. Inspiration, like creativity, has no boundaries.Readers will agree that books are endlessly inspiring. Bollywood filmmakers have found novelty in literary masterpieces too.Here are 10 of the best in view of my likes.


This is a 2002 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas. This is the third Hindi version and the first film version of the story in Hindi done in color. This film stars Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit and Jackie Shroff.

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It is a 2003 Indian period drama film directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. The movie is about the Hindu-Muslim problems during the partition of India. The film is based on a Punjabi novel of the same name, written by Amrita Pritam. Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, and Sanjay Suri are in the lead roles. Besides critical acclaim, the film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.

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3 Idiots

It is a 2009 Indian coming-of-age comedy-drama film, directed and written by Rajkumar Hirani, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, inspired by the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. The film stars Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the title roles, along with Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Omi Vaidya.

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This is one of the Bollywood’s hits and classic movies Parineeta is also based on a Bengali novel, Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. It stars the talented actors like Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, and Sanjay Dutt. It grabbed five Filmfare awards

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Haider is a 2014 Indian crime drama film written, produced and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and co-written by Basharat Peer. Haider, starring Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor is also an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet! Shahid Kapoor’s role was really appreciated.

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The Blue Umbrella

A simple story set in the hills of Himachal Pradesh, the home ground of Ruskin Bond. One of the most famous Indian authors of British origin, Ruskin Bond is known for his fascinating novels for children. This story is about a little girl named Biniya and her blue umbrella. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, the film earned the National Award for Best Children’s film.

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Rajshree Ojha’s rom-com, which stars Sonam Kapoor as Aisha and Abhay Deol as Arjun, was based on Amy Heckerling’s Hollywood movie Clueless (1995). However, Clueless itself was adapted from Jane Austen’s Emma. In both the book and the movie, the heroine’s failed matchmaking results in a comedy of misunderstandings. Aisha received mixed reviews from critics and didn’t perform particularly well at the box office

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Omkara from Othello is regarded as the director Vishal Bharadwaj’s masterpiece by critics, involves gang feuds and a dispute caused by a junior henchman’s promotion over a senior member. The cast includes Bollywood stars Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, and Konkani. As in Bhardwaj’s other Shakespeare adaptations, the film’s characters retained the first letters of the characters’ names in the play.

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This historical romance, directed by Vikramaditya Motwani, is set in West Bengal in 1953. It was adapted from O. Henry’s The Last Leaf, a short story about a dying girl who believes she will breathe her last breath with the falling of the last leaf from a vine outside her window.The movie, profoundly heartwarming, changed the painter into a conman.Critics liked it but it failed at the box office.

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Bhardwaj’s Macbeth adaptation is set in the Mumbai underworld. Maqbool played beautifully by Irfan Khan, is the right-hand man of the don Abba Ji (Pankaj Kapoor), and he is secretly in love with his mistress, Tabu. The clash between his loyalty to Abba Ji and passion for Tabu sets up a perfect crime drama. The movie didn’ t do well at the box office, but Bhardwaj’s direction was universally acclaimed.

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Bollywood is rife with literary films. Novels by Indian writers have successfully been transformed into such movies. However, there is also an array of widely appreciated Bollywood movies that were inspired by the work of international authors.


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