Bollywood directors have always taken inspiration from other language movies, books, and novels. Many Bollywood movies have been based on popular novels. Let’s have a look at some of best Bollywood movies based on Novels.
1. Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962)
Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) is an Indian Hindi film directed by Abrar Alvi and produced by Guru Dutt. It is based on a Bengali novel, Shaheb Bibi Golam by Bimal Mitra, and is a look into the tragic fall of the haveli-dom and feudalism in Bengal during the British Raj. The movie featured actors – Guru Dutt, Meena Kumari, Rehman, Waheeda Rehman and Nazir Hussain.
2. Gaban (1966 film)
Gaban is 1966 Hindi film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, based on Munshi Premchand’s classic novel of the same name. It had Sunil Dutt and Sadhna playing the lead role.
3. Tere Mere Sapne (1971)
Tere Mere Sapne (1971) is a film written and directed by Vijay Anand (brother of Dev Anand) and produced by Dev Anand. The movie stars Dev, Vijay, Mumtaz and Hema Malini. The film’s music is by S. D. Burman and the story is based on The Citadel, a novel by A.J. Cronin.
4. Umrao Jaan (1981)
Umrao Jaan (1981) is a Bollywood film directed by Muzaffar Ali. The Film is adapted from the 1905 Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada. The film is about a Lucknow prostitute who rose to fame. The film stars Rekha, Farooq Shaikh, Naseeruddin Shah and Raj Babbar.
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5. Maqbool (2003)
Maqbool (200 ) is an Indian crime tragedy directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film stars Pankaj Kapur, Irrfan Khan, Tabu and Masumeh Makhija. The films is an adaptation of the play Macbeth by Shakespeare.
6. Omkara (2006)
Omkara is a 2006 Indian crime drama film adapted from Shakespeare’s Othello, co-written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film stars Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. Vivek Oberoi, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Bipasha Basu played supporting roles in the movie.
7. Parineeta (2005)
Parineeta is a 2005 Indian musical romantic drama film adaptation of the 1914 Bengali novel, Parineeta written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. The film is directed by Pradeep Sarkar (this was his first film) and it was based upon a screenplay by the film’s producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film featured Vidya Balan In her Bollywood Debut, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles.
8. Haider (2014)
Haider (2014) is an Indian crime tragedy film written, produced and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film stars Shahid Kapoor as the protagonist and other co-stars are Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, and Kay Kay Menon. Irrfan Khan appears in an extended special appearance. The film is a modern-day adaptation of tragedy novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
9. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
7 Khoon Maaf (2011) is an Indian black comedy film directed, co-written and co-produced by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film stars Priyanka Chopra in the lead role, with Naseeruddin Shah, Irrfan Khan, Annu Kapoor, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Vivaan Shah and Usha Uthup in supporting roles. The film is an adaptation of the Ruskin Bond’s short story “Susanna’s Seven Husbands”.
10. Earth (1998)
Earth (1998) is an Indian period drama film directed by Deepa Mehta. The film released in India with the name “1947: Earth”. The film is based upon Bapsi Sidhwa’s novel, “Cracking India” which tells the story about the 1947 partition of India. The film stars Aamir Khan, Rahul Khanna, and Nandita Das.
11. Guide (1965)
Guide is a 1965 romantic drama film starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. The film was directed by Vijay Anand and screenplay was also contributed by him. The film is based on the novel The Guide written by R. K. Narayan. The Film stars Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in lead roles.
12. Devdas (1955) and Devdas (2002)
Devdas (1955) is a 1955 Indian Drama movie directed by Bimal Roy. The film had Dilip Kumar in the title role and Vyjayanthimala in her first dramatic role. Devdas(2002) is a 2002 Indian romantic drama film directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Both movies are based on the 1917 Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas.
13. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
This is not a Bollywood film but we have included this in our list as this film was based on India. Slumdog Millionaire (2008) is a British drama film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Simon Beaufoy. The film was produced by Christian Colson and set and filmed in India. The film is loosely based on novel Q & A (2005) written by Vikas Swarup, an Indian author and diplomat The novel tells the story of Jamal Malik from the Juhu slums of Mumbai.
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14. Chetan Bhagat Novel and Movie adaptions
Many novels written by Chetan Bhagat has been adapted into Bollywood movies. You like him or hate him but you cannot ignore him. Most of his novels have already been adapted into Bollywood movies.
15. Pinjar (2003)
Pinjar (2003) is an Indian period drama film directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi. The movie tells the story of 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. The Film stars Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, and Sanjay Suri.
16. Aisha (2010)
Aisha (2010) is an Indian romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rajshree Ojha. The film stars Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles and Cyrus Sahukar, Arunoday Singh, Ira Dubey and Amrita Puri in supporting roles. The movie is based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma and It is set in the upper-class society of Delhi.
17. Saawariya (2007)
Saawariya (2007) is an Indian romantic film produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film is an adaption of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story “White Nights”. The film marks the debut of both the lead actors Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor.
18. Lootera (2013)
Lootera (201 ) is an Indian period romance film directed by Vikramaditya Motwane . The film is partly based on short story “The Last Leaf” written by O. Henry’s in 1907 . The film stars Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles.
Which is your favourite novel based Bollywood movies? Lets us know in the comment section, you can also suggest if we missed out any good Bollywood movie in the list.