Books have always been an undying source of inspiration for many Bollywood movies. Some books are so well-written that they must be executed on the big screen. It’s a different experience to see the characters of the books come alive on the silver screen. Hollywood is known for its books-to-movies route, but Bollywood is catching up with this trend, too. Many memorable movies are inspired from the books, and all the credit goes to the original creator. Here are the best Bollywood movies that took inspiration from books.
1. Bajirao Mastani – Rauu by Nagnath S. Inamdar
Bajirao Mastani recreated the era of Marathas on the silver screen. Sanjay Leela Bhansali is known for his grand sets, and he showed his boundless creativity and imagination through Bajirao Mastani. The movie is derived from a book named Rauu, and it is written by Nagnath S. Inamdar. The book is as descriptive and magnificent as the movie. Bajirao Mastani is considered as the masterpiece of recent times and has achieved a high status among the viewers.
2. Haider – Hamlet by Shakespeare
Haider couldn’t earn well on the box office, but it has attained a cult status due to its stupendous storyline and flawless acting by each actor. Shahid Kapoor jumped back into the race of Bollywood through Haider, as it revived his career. The movie is inspired by Shakespeare’s classic, Hamlet. Vishal Bhardwaj is a witty director, and he has given a very original twist to the old tale by simply changing the setting to Kashmir. Sensitive topics are raised in the movie, but the essence is still the same: Hero wants to avenge the death of his father. It’s an unforgettable movie, indeed.
3. Guide – The Guide by R.K. Narayan
Guide is one of the most popular movies among all the Bollywood Classics. Vahida Rehman and Dev Anand played their role so perfectly that viewers fell in love with them. On the top of that, the songs of the movies were amazing and are still hummable. The movie is inspired by a book called The Guide. It was written by the infamous author, R.K. Narayan. The story is filled with unbelievable twists and turns which will keep you at the edge of your seat till the last minute of the movie.
4. 3 Idiots – Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat
3 idiots is one of the best movies that Bollywood has ever produced. Youngsters adore this movie, as it is quite realistic in its portrayal of the Indian education system. But do you know that it’s inspired by a Chetan Bhagat’s novel called Five Point Someone? Even though majority of the movie was Rajkumar Hirani’s creativity, but the base is taken from the novel.
5. Devdas – Devdas by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay
The movie, Devdas, is inspired by a Bengali novel of the same name. Sarat wrote the book when he was at the tender age of 17. The most popular versions have Dilip Kumar and Shahrukh Khan as the main leads. The story is the perfect blend of romance, passion and destruction.