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10 Famous Indian Novels that Inspired Bollywood Movies

By Gagandeep Sokhey . 17th September 2019 08:00pm
10 Famous Indian Novels that Inspired Bollywood Movies

Bollywood movies are always on the spree to get inspired from different factors and sources. So we sometimes see Bollywood movies which have taken inspiration from Hollywood movies and also some from South Indian movies i.e Tollywood. 

But here we would like to share some facts about the famous Indian novels which inspired Bollywood filmmakers to enhance their creativity and make films.

1. 3 Idiots and 2 States

3 idiots

Bollywood filmmakers have been fully inspired by Chetan Bhagat's bestseller stories and have made 4 movies based on the same. Hello (based on One night at the call center), 3 Idiots (based on Five point someone), Kai Po Che (based on The 3 mistakes of my life) and 2 States (based on his own novel 2 states). 3 Idiots and 2 States were the mega blockbuster movies of Bollywood.

2 states

2. Omkara 

Omkara Bollywood movie which was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj was based on the inspiration of Shakespeare's novel Othello which was written in the 17th century.


3. Guide

R.K. Narayan who was India's famous writer and who created the interesting TV serial Malgudi days, wrote this novel named Guide. Bollywood movie of the same name "Guide" was made from the same inspiration which starred Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman in lead roles.

guide movie dev anand

4. Maqbool, 7 Khoon Maaf, The Blue Umbrella

All of these Bollywood movies were directed by Vishal Bhardwaj which are based on famous novels. 

7 khoon maaf saat khoon maaf

Maqbool movie is based on Shakespeare's play Macbeth. 7 Khoon Maaf and The Blue Umbrella is based on the famous novels written by Ruskin Bond, namely short story Susanna's Seven Husbands and The Blue Umbrella (same name) respectively.

the blue umbrella movie

5. Junoon 

Junoon movie which was made by Shyam Benegal in the year 1978 was based on the inspiration of Ruskin Bond's novella named "A Flight of Pigeons". The cast of Junoon movie included Shashi Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi in lead roles.

junoon movie 1978 shashi kapoor

6. Pinjar

Pinjar is a Bollywood movie which was based on the famous novel of the same name "Pinjar" written by Amrita Pritam. This movie was released in the year 2004 in which Urmila Matondkar played the lead role and her acting was totally different as compared to other movies.


7. Haider

Haider is another Bollywood movie which was produced by the famous director Vishal Bhardwaj in the year 2014. This movie took inspiration from Shakespeare's famous novel Hamlet and the same starred Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in lead roles. 

haider movie

8. Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam

This 1962 Bollywood movie Sahib, Biwi Aur Ghulam, produced by Guru Dutt was based on the Bengali author, Bimal Mitra's novel Shehab, Bibi Aur Golam. Guru Dutt also played the lead role in this movie along with Meena Kumari, Rehman and Waheeda Rehman.

sahib biwi aur ghulam

9. Devdas and Parineeta

Devdas bollywood movie which showed the heavy drinker Devdas Mukherjee (played by Shahrukh Khan) was based on the novel of the same name written by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan also played the lead roles in this movie. 

devdas shahrukh khan aishwarya rai madhuri dixit

Sharat Chandra's another famous novel of 1914, Parineeta inspired Bollywood filmmaker Pradeep Sarkar to create a movie of the same name "Parineeta" in 2005. The main cast included Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan and Saif Ali Khan.   

parineeta saif ali khan vidya balan

10. Aisha

Aisha Bollywood movie which starred Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor was based on Jane Austen's novel, Emma which was published in the year 1815

aisha sonam kapoor

Lastly, we would like to say that Bollywood filmmakers have taken full inspiration of the novels and have made blockbuster movies with their creativity. This has also led to the fact that readers got impressed by the movies and people who don't read novels starting focusing on the world of literature.