Released in 2009, this is a story about Rancho (
), Raju (
) and Farhan (‘
’) whose life is set as they study in the top most engineering college. But their director Virus (
) is a terror whose philosophy is “life is a race”. Rancho goes on to challenge his poor teaching styles and helps Farhan to become a wildlife photographer, besides making Raju a self-confident person. The film takes inspiration from the record-breaking novel Five Point Someone by
. The film and its soundtrack were the highest grosser and went on to gain numerous accolades including five Filmfare awards and three National awards. Its motto “Pursue Excellence, Success will pursue you” still inspires many students.
The film revolves around the love story of Krish Malhotra (
) and Ananya Swaminathan (
), students at IIM Ahmedabad and their quest for marriage. The duo has to go through thick and thin to convince their parents as Krish hails from a typical North Indian Punjabi family while Ananya is a Tamil Brahmin. The movie puts light upon the relationships between parents and their children and is based on Chetan Bhagat’s bestselling novel of the same name, inspired by Chetan’s real life experiences. The movie and its soundtrack were super hit and won the Best music as well as the Best Debut Director Filmfare awards.
Set on the backdrop of the Kashmir insurgency in 1995, the film’s plot is about a boy named Haider (
) and his vengeance for his father’s death. Haider suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and kills all who come in his way. He stops only after reminiscing his dead mother’s words that “revenge only results in revenge” and thus lets his evil Uncle (
Kay Kay Menon
) live. Directed by
, the movie is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet. The direction, the performances of lead actors and its screenplay received wide critical acclaim. The film earned five
National Film Awards
as well as five awards at the 60th Filmfare Awards, including the Best Actor for Shahid Kapoor.
4. Omkara (2006)
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, this film is an Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello, set on a political background. It stars as the main antagonist Langda Tyagi who plots against his political rival Kesu (
) and creates misunderstanding between Omkara (
) and his beloved wife Dolly (
Kareena Kapoor Khan
). Its soundtrack is composed by Vishal Bhardwaj along with ‘
’ as the lyricist. The item number “Beedi” was a huge hit. The film also garnered wide critical acclaim.
5. “Kai Po Che” (2013)
The film title in Gujarati means “I have cut” used during the kite flying competition at Makar Sankranti festival. The film is loosely based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel The Three Mistakes of My Life. The film showcases the friendship between Ishan (
Sushant Singh Rajput
), Govind (
) and Omi (
) and their dream of opening a Sports Academy. Their dream shatters due to the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake, and their friendship succumbs to religious politics, arose due to Godhra train burning incident. The film was a hit among Indian viewers but didn’t garner much acclaim internationally.
7 Khoon Maaf
This film is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s 80-page novella Susanna’s Seven Husbands. Narrated by
, the film stars
as Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes who kills her six husbands in quest of love. Ultimately, she imagines Jesus Christ as her seventh husband and becomes a nun. Priyanka Chopra’s performance in the film was appreciated far and wide, and it is quoted as the “role of a lifetime.”
7. Maqbool (2003)
Another adaptation by Vishal Bhardwaj, this film is based on William Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth depicting the Bombay Underworld of contemporary times. The film stars
’ in the lead roles. The film was not a box office hit but was critically acclaimed and earned Bhardwaj wide critical acclaim for his direction as well as music composition.
The Blue Umbrella
The film is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s novel of the same name and is directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The plot revolves around a girl Biniya (Shreya Sharma) who owns a beautiful blue umbrella, and the whole village is after her umbrella. The film went on to receive National Film Award for Best Children’s film.
This list is incomplete without this classic movie. Based on a Bengali romance novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, the plot revolves around the love triangle between Devdas, Paro aka Parvati and Chandramukhi. Although there were earlier adaptations of the novel, here we discuss the
Shah Rukh Khan
starrer, directed by
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
. The film showcases the social disparities prevalent in the contemporary Bengali societies. The film was a visual treat and garnered commercial as well as critical acclaim.
, the film is based on
. The film revolves around the passionate love story between Noor (
Aditya Roy Kapur
) and Firdaus (), the daughter of Noor’s employer Begum Hazrat Jaan. Unfortunately, the film didn’t live up to “great expectations” and performed poorly at the box office.