Stephen King has rightly said, "Books are uniquely portable magic." Since, inspiration like creativity has no boundaries, B-town film-makers have based several of their films on these literary forms.
Today is World Book's Day and we bring to you 16 Bollywood films which were based on popular novels.
1. 'Haider' - William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'
This critically acclaimed film directed by Vishal Bharadwaj was based on William Shakespeare's masterpiece, 'Hamlet'. Shahid Kapoor as 'Haider' was just outstanding!
2. 'Omkara' - William Shakespeare's 'Othello'
A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity.
3. 'Maqbool' - William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'
The Scottish tragedy has been set in the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital in this film. The two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the roles of the weird sisters, and 'Duncan' is Abbaji, the head of a crime family. Abbaji's mistress, Nimmi and Maqbool plot and carry out his death.
4. 'Aisha' - Jane Austen's 'Emma'
Directed by Rajshree Ojha, the film was a modern day Indian adaptation of the popular novel.
5. 'Saat Khoon Maaf' - Ruskin Bond's 'Susanna's Seven Husbands'
The film was about Susanna (played by Priyanka Chopra) and her quest for love that leads to a series of marriages, each ending in the mysterious death of her latest husband.
6. 'Parineeta' - Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 'Parineeta'
The lifelong romance between Lolita ( Vidya Balan) and Shekar ( Saif Ali Khan) is upset by the arrival of another man, Girish (Sanjay Dutt).
7. 'Devdas' - Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay's 'Devdas'
After his wealthy family prohibits him from marrying his lover, Devdas Mukherjee's life spirals further and further out of control as he takes up alcohol and a life of vice to numb the pain.
8. 'Hello' - Chetan Bhagat's 'One Night At The Call Centre'
It is a tale about the events that happen one night at a call center. Told through the views of the protagonist, Shyam, it is a story of almost lost love, thwarted ambitions, absence of family affection, pressures of a patriarchal set up, and the work environment of a globalized office.
9. '3 Idiots'- Chetan Bhagat's 'Five Point Someone'
Rajkumar Hirani's film starring Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R.Madhavan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, was a huge blockbuster at the box office.
10. 'Kai Po Che' - Chetan Bhagat's 'The Three Mistakes Of My Life'
Set in Ahmedabad, the story revolves around three friends, Ishaan (Sushant Singh Rajput), Omi (Amit Sadh) and Govind (Rajkummar Rao), who want to start their own sports shop and sports academy. The film tracks their deep friendship, and innocence tarnished by religious politics and communal hatred, which results in their fallout, and an eventual death.
11. '2 States' - Chetan Bhagat's '2 States'
Two lovers from different cultures face an uphill battle when they try to get their parents' permission to marry.
12. 'Guide' - R. K Narayan's 'The Guide'
A tour guide, Raju (Dev Anand), takes a serious-minded archaeologist, Marco (Kishore Sahu), and his beautiful but troubled wife, Rosie (Waheeda Rehman), on an excursion to look at ancient caves. Despite reservations, Raju is attracted to Rosie, even when he learns of her past as a prostitute. Rosie leaves Marco for Raju, but only tragedy awaits the new lovers.
13. 'Saheb, Biwi Aur Ghulam' - Bimal Mitra's 'Saheb, Biwi Aur Golam'
One of Guru Dutt's best classics which is remembered even today.
14. 'Pinjar' - Amrita Pritam's 'Pinjar'
Besides critical acclaim, the film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration.
15. 'Saraswatichandra'- Govardhan Tripathi's 'Saraswatichandra'
This famous film starring Manish and Nutan was an adaptation of Govardhan Tripathi's 'Saraswatichandra'.
16. 'The Blue Umbrella'- Ruskin Bond's 'The Blue Umbrella'
A girl (Shreya) searches for the culprit who stole her prized possession, a magnificent blue umbrella.