The Best Bollywood Movies Based On Books

It is very common for books and novels to be adapted to plays and novels. Bollywood too has often been inspired by books and has turned quite a few of them into famous movies. Check out these 12 movies that were inspired by books:



The famous movie Guide starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman was inspired by The Guide by R.K. Narayan. The movie went on to win many awards. It is interesting to note that the book and the movie had different endings.


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The movie Gaban was a 1966 Hindi film inspired by Munshi Premchand’s classic novel of the same name. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, the movie starred Sunil Dutt and Sadhna.


The 2003 period drama Pinjar was inspired by a Punjabi novel of the same name, written by Amrita Pritam. Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi the movie tells the story of the Hindu-Muslim problems during the partition of India. The Film stars Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpayee, and Sanjay Suri, You can check out more Amrita Pritam books here.


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2 Bollywood movies have been made based on Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas. The first one was made in 1955. This movie was directed by Bimal Roy. The film had Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala as the leads. The second Devdas was made in 2002. This was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and starred Shahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit.

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Parineeta written by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay inspired a 2005 Indian musical romantic drama film. It was Pradeep Sarkar’s first film and it was based upon a screenplay by the film’s producer, Vidhu Vinod Chopra. The film featured Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan, and Sanjay Dutt in the lead roles.


This 2003 crime tragedy directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is an adaptation of the play Macbeth by Shakespeare. The film stars Pankaj Kapur, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and Masumeh Makhija.


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Haider is a modern-day adaptation of the tragic novel Hamlet by William Shakespeare. The 2014 movie was produced and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, and Kay Kay Menon. Irrfan Khan also appears in an extended special appearance.

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This 2011 film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond’s short story “Susanna’s Seven Husbands”. The film starred 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.

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Movies inspired by books

Lootera is an Indian period romance film directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. The film is partly based on the short story “The Last Leaf” written by O. Henry’s in 1907. The film stars Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha in lead roles.


This 2010 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Rajshree Ojha is based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. The film set in the upper-class society of Delhi stars Abhay Deol and Sonam Kapoor in the lead roles.


The 2007 movie directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali 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.

Chetan Bhagat Novels

movies inpsired by books

Quite a few books by Chetan Bhagat have been made into movies. These include movies like Kai Po Che starring Sushant Singh Rajput and 2 States, starring Alia Bhatt and Arjun Kapoor.

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