Inspiration sows the seeds of creativity and creativity is the backbone of filmmaking. Screenwriters, directors, and filmmakers seek inspiration from many sources and we all know that books are a constant source of inspiration. You might be familiar with the
’, which is based on a
novel but there are more movies from various Indian Film Industries. We bring you the list of the top 10 Indian movies inspired by books so that you know more about the movies you watch.
Based on the novel authored by Bengali writer, Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay. Devdas is the most-made movie of all time, and the most popular version is the one with SRK and Aishwarya. The tragic love story of two lovers, Devdas and Paro, and the love triangle between the two and a courtesan, Chandramukhi. The movie has won a recording setting 11 awards, including Filmfare and National Film Award.
2. Ponniyin Selvan
PS-1 is based on the novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan’ written by Kalki Krishnamoorthy. Released in 2022, it is a Tamil-language epic historical action-adventure film. The director of the movie,
, and his team pulled off the shooting of both parts of the movie in just 120 days. The movie’s global earnings have crossed over Rs 250 crores. Dating back to 969AD, the historical drama revolves around the politics of the southern region, the Chola Empire.
Kai Po Che is a 2013 movie which is about three friends who opened their cricket academy to train boys like them. Leading the film were the late Shushant Singh Rajput, Rajkumar Rao, and
, this movie has a separate fan base all because of them. Based on the novel ‘The 3 Mistakes of My Life’ by Chetan Bhagat, the movie made the career and worked like a stepping block to their future. The movie won two Filmfare Awards for its outstanding screenplay and background score.
Released in 2013, Duniyadari is a Marathi-language romantic comedy-drama based on a novel authored by
. The movie was directed by Sanjay Jhadav and produced by
. ‘Duniyadari' became the highest-grossing Marathi film of all time at that time, grossing ₹29 crore (US$3.6 million). The movie ran for 40 weeks and this was a record for the industry in that decade. 'Duniyadari’ is all about friendship and how it is not limited to the ways of the world.
This movie was inspired by the novel authored by
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer
. The title translates to ‘walls’ perfectly representing the story of a prisoner who falls blindly in love with the woman on the other side of the wall. Even till the end of the movie, the actress never appeared on screen. This 1990 unique movie has received eight awards including; National Film Award, Filmfare Awards (South), and more.
The guide is based on a very famous 1958 novel written by R.K. Narayan and starred by
. Remember the song 'Gata Rahe Mera Dil', Guide gave us this memorable song and a list of many more. This movie is a masterpiece directed by and won the Filmfare for best film in 1966.
7. Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan
Anhey Ghorhey Da Daan is based on the novel written by
in 1976. The title translates to ‘Alms for a Blind Horse’ and it beautifully presents the hardships faced by Punjab farmers and the caste system which still prevails in the rural parts of India. The director of the movie
won the best director in the Abu Dabi Film Festival, in 2011.
The 1961 film, Kabuliwala was inspired by the short story written by famous Bengali writer, Rabindranath Tagore. The story is about a dry fruit seller from Kabul and a little girl, Mini. Mimi reminds the Kabuliwala of his son back in Kabul. This innocent and pure story was beautifully directed by
. Starring famous actors like Balraj Sahani, Chabbi Biswas, and
. The vintage movie is a must-watch for you if you haven't.
Bollywood is not only inspired by Indian writers but also by English writers. The Blue Umbrella is an adaption of the novel authored by
. Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, the movie is about a nine-year-old girl Biniya and Khatri, and the blue umbrella. In 2007, the film won an award for Best Children Film Award.
The 2004 crime drama movie is based on William Shakespeare's, Macbeth. With talented actors like Irfan Khan, Tabu, and
the movie was about Mumbai's crime world and the right hand of this world's King. The movie is a mix of violence, crime, love, politics, and power. Directed by
the movie won 8 awards including IIFA, National Film Award, and more.