Adapting books into films or TV serials is a very old practice. If the book is famous, the readers find instant recall factor when they watch the show. Moreover, the creative directors of the show do not have to work very hard to come up with new plot twists as the outline of the book is followed. Many such adaptations have been successful and entertaining. Here are ten Hindi TV shows which have been adapted from books.
This show on Star Plus was based on the Gujarati novel “Saraswatichandra” by Govardhanram Tripathi. The story follows two Gujarati families who are friends with each other. The son of Lakshminandan is Saraswatichandra, and the daughter of Vidyachatur is Kumud. They fall in love by exchanging letters, even though they have never seen each other. Hence follows the curve of the story. The serial was initially quite faithful to the novel but later diverged into different plots and sub-plots.
Jennifer Winget and
Gautam Rode played the lead roles.
2. Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
Not many people know that this popular Star Plus serial has been adapted from Manju Kapur’s novel “Custody”. The story follows the love between a North Indian man, Raman, and a South Indian woman, Ishita, who are brought closer by the attachment of Pihu, Raman’s daughter, to Ishita. The serial is extremely loved and is one of the most watched shows on Indian television. The lead roles are played by
Karan Patel and
Divyanka Tripathi. The role of small Pihu was played by child actress
Tumhari Paakhi was a serial on Life OK which told the story of Paakhi and Anshuman. They had been married to each other when they were children, but Paakhi could not go to her in-laws’ house due to differences between the two families. How they meet each other when they are adults, and what becomes of their childhood relationship forms the crux of the story. Tumhari Paakhi was based on the Bengali novel “Naba Bidhan” by Saratchandra Chattopadhyay. The title role was played by
Shraddha Arya, and Iqbal Khan played the role of Anshuman.
4. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Taarak Mehta is a journalist, and this show has been adapted from his column Duniya Ne Oondha Chashma which is published in the Gujarati weekly magazine named Chitralekha. The show is based on the daily lives of the families residing at Gokuldham Society in Mumbai. The eccentric mix of families and their quirkiness from the entertainment factor of the show. Aired on SAB TV, this is one of the oldest shows still running on television.
Amit Bhatt, etc, play important roles.
Kumkum Bhagya is a popular show on Zee TV starring
Shabbir Ahluwalia and
Sriti Jha. It started off as the story of two sisters belonging to a middle-class family in Mumbai. Ater on, it focused more on the love story between the elder daughter, Pragya, and her husband, Abhi. This show is said to be loosely based on Jane Austen’s novel named Sense and Sensibility. However, the show has deviated vastly from the premise of the novel.
6. Meri Aashiqui Tum Se Hi
This is another
Ekta Kapoor show and was aired on Colors TV. The show followed the passionate love story between two childhood friends, Ranveer and Ishaani, who are forced to be apart from each other for various reasons, the most prominent being the difference between their social and economic status. The lead roles were played by
Shakti Arora and
Radhika Madan. The show is said to be based on the theme of Emily Bronte’s classic novel
Lapataganj is a show aired on SAB TV. It is based on the novel having the same name, written by
Sharad Joshi. The story is set in Lapataganj, a fictional small town which is ignored by the Government and does not get basic amenities. Sharad Joshi is known for his satires, and Lapataganj is also a satirical take on the problems of the society. A few cast members are Rohitashv Gaud,
Anup Upadhyay, etc.
8. Dilli Wali Thakur Gurls
This serial on &TV was based on Anuja Chauhan’s novel named Those Pricey Thakur Girls. The story is about five sisters who are completely different in character from one another. How their life leads them in different directions, and how they deal with the problems life throws at them forms the basis of the plot. The cast of this show included names like Sukriti Kandpal, Aamir Ali,
Monica Sharma, etc.
9. Pyaar Kii Ye Ek Kahaani
This fantasy show on Star One told the love story of a vampire man and a human woman. The show starred Sukriti Kandpal and
Vivian Dsena in the lead roles. The concept of the show was adapted from Stephenie Meyer’s popular novel series “
Twilight”. As the show progressed, many similarities were found with another book series, “
The Vampire Diaries”, by L.J. Smith. These similarities included a vampire brother, a doppelganger of the female lead, and other such plot points. The show was quite famous among teenagers and young adults.
10. Dil Ki Baatein
Dil Hi Jaane This is a beautiful and touching story of a man whose wife died of cancer. The show has been adapted from the novel “A Taste of Life: The Last Days of UG Krishnamurti” by
Ram Kapoor played the lead role of Ram, and
Gurdeep Kohli played the role of his wife, Anandita. The story focused on the emotional turmoil of a family that has to go through the painful effects of losing a member to cancer.