From Pages to Reels: A List of Bollywood Movies Based on Books

From Pages to Reels: A List of Bollywood Movies Based on Books

Books are more than just stories; they are gateways to new worlds. They allow imagination to run wild. In today’s digital age, where visual storytelling has taken over, Bollywood has skillfully turned our favourite books into beloved movies. Adapting books into movies is not a new concept, but it is tricky, it requires finding a balance between preserving the essence of the book and embracing the dramatic flair of Bollywood storytelling.

Adapting books into movies is attractive as the story is already loved and adored by the readers. Unlike a new script, a book-to-movie adaptation already has a built-in audience, increasing the film's chances of success. The challenge lies in capturing the soul of the book and translating it into a cinematic experience that helps readers to watch their favorite stories and worlds unfold on the big screen.

Here is a curated list of Bollywood movies based on books, these Bollywood movies try to capture the essence of well-loved stories, with varying degrees of success.

3 Idiots

Book: "Five Point Someone" by Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat novels have often found their way to the silver screen. Movies like "2 States," "Half Girlfriend," "Kai Po Che!," and "Hello" are Bollywood adaptations of Chetan Bhagat's books. "3 Idiots" stands out as one of the most beloved movies based on his work. Director Rajkumar Hirani’s magic transforms "Five Point Someone" into a relatable tale of three IITians navigating the ups and downs of college life.

3 Idiots

Haider

Book: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare

Vishal Bhardwaj is a master of Shakespearean adaptation, skillfully translating "Hamlet’s" classical tale into the current conflict-ridden Kashmir. He adds nuanced commentary on the region. Bhardwaj's other Shakespearean adaptations include "Othello" into "Omkara" and "Macbeth" into "Maqbool." He is a master at creating classical Shakespearean stories in the Indian context, his movies are a must-watch for every Shakespeare and literature lover.

Haider

Lajja

Book: "Lajja" by Taslima Nasrin

Directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, "Lajja" is a crime drama film based on the plight of Indian women. Using satire, the film exposes the dishonor faced by women, drawing inspiration from Taslim Nasrin’s work the Bollywood movie delves into the challenges faced by four women in Indian Society. While not a box office hit, it remains a compelling watch.