Bollywood has been known to be a platform for literary movies. Many movies have been adapted from Famous Novels by Indian Writers, movies like Devdas and Parineeta which were acclaimed widely. However, not just Indian Writers but there is a list of Bollywood movies that have been inspired by work by international authors.
Bollywood Movies Based On Novels.
Haider released in 2014 and was produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, the movie was critically hit movie and is based on the civilian abduction during the Kashmir Insurgency of 1995. It has been inspired from Hamlet by Shakespeare, where the main characters father dies, and his mother marries his father’s brother. Vishal Bhardwaj has done a brilliant job in telling the story with amazing performances by Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irfan Khan.
Another brilliant work by Vishal Bhardwaj, Inspired by Othello, Omkara Stars Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgan and Kareena Kapoor. It is based on the gang wars and a dispute caused by a junior goon becoming a big don. The characters retained the first letter of the characters from the Shakespeare’s Othello.
Maqbool is inspired by Macbeth and is set in the underworld of Mumbai. Irfan Khan did complete justice to the role of Maqbool, who is the henchman for a Don named Abba Ji played by Pankaj Kapoor and Maqbool is secretly in love with the wife of Abba Ji. It is a perfect crime drama with story revolving around deception, loyalty and passion.
This movie was released in 1964 and was an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s horror thriller novel Rebecca. The story revolves around a newly wedded wife who is haunted by her husband’s late wife’s ghost.
This romantic drama is directed by Vikramaditya Motwani and is set in West Bengal in 1953. The adaptation was inspired from O. Henrys The Last Leaf, a story of a girl who believes that she will die when the last leaf of the vine outside her window falls and an artist who draws the same leaf everyday but only when he dies the girl realizes that there is still hope.