'Devdas' completes 15 years: These award-winning films were adapted from books

Updated: Jul 12, 2017, 12:06 IST
  • 'Devdas' completes 15 years: These award-winning films were adapted from books

    Devdas: One of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's most famous works 'Devdas', a 1917 Bengali romance novel about a man who loses his chance of marrying his childhood sweetheart Paro due to a misunderstanding only to turn to alcoholism and the comforting arms of a courtesan Chandramukhi and eventually die a painful death. The author wrote 'Devdas' when he was only 17 years old. It has been filmed multiple times in several Indian languages. Most notable adaptations include the 1955 version starring Dilip Kumar as the titular Devdas. The film also starred Vyjanthimala as Chandramukhi and Suchitra Sen as Paro. Shah Rukh Khan portrayed the tormented hero in 2002, with the roles of Chandramukhi and Paro being played by Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan respectively. It went on to become a Bollywood blockbuster. Most recently, Abhay Deol played the character in 2009 in modern retelling of the story, which also starred Mahie Gill as Paro and Kalki Koechlin as Chandramukhi

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    Saraswatichandra: Written by Govardhanram Madhavaram Tripathi the book is a widely read piece of Gujarati literature. The novel's story, a tragic tale about two lovers, who are arranged to be married but get separated due to fate and marry different people was adapted into a 1968 Hindi film starring Nutan and Manish. The film was later adapted into a modern-day TV series of the same name, Saraswatichandra in 2013 by Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bhansali

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    Parineeta: Another one of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay's notable works written in 1914 was famously adapted for the big screen in 2005. The Bollywood version starring Vidya Balan, Saif Ali Khan and Sanjay Dutt received critical acclaim. It was also notable for being Vidya Balan's Bollywood debut. The story: Shekhar and Lalita have been friends and slowly this friendship blossoms into love. A series of misunderstandings surface and they are separated with the conniving schemes of Shekhar's father. The plot deepens with the arrival of Girin who supports Lalita's family. Eventually, Shekhar's love defies his father's greed and he seeks Lalita

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  • 'Devdas' completes 15 years: These award-winning films were adapted from books

    Hajar Churashir Maa: Award-winning writer Mahasweta Devi's 1974 novel deals with the life of a woman who loses her son, a Naxalite, to the violence that is a result of his adopted ideology. The book was adapted into a Bollywood feature in 1998 starring Jaya Bachchan. The film directed by Govind Nihlani marked her comeback to Hindi cinema

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    Pinjar: The 1950 Punjabi novel by noted poet-novelist Amrita Pritam is about a Hindu girl abducted by a Muslim man whose parents refuse to recover her when she manages a run to her them from his home. Pinjar is believed to be the best literature written with backdrop of Partition of India. It was adapted into a Hindi film in 2003 starring Urmila Matondkar, Manoj Bajpai and Sanjay Suri in the lead roles. Besides critical acclaim, the film also won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film on National Integration

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    Umrao Jaan: The Urdu novel Umrao Jaan Ada, written by Mirza Hadi Ruswa in 1905 was adapted twice first in 1981 and later in 2006. Rekha won critical acclaim for her role in the 1981 version directed by Muzaffar Ali. Another adaptation made in 2006 by J.P. Dutta starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the titular Umrao Jaan. The book's story follows the life story of a courtesan and poetess from 19th century Lucknow right from her days as a young girl named Amiran when she is kidnapped and sold in a brothel

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    English, August: Author Upamanyu Chatterjee's 1988 novel chronicles one year in the life of a trainee civil servant, Agastya Sen, a city boy on his first posting-cum-training session to a small rural town. The posting starts off as a tremendous culture shock for Agastya, a city boy. However, it eventually becomes one long philosophical journey and a process of self discovery. The book was adapted into a film of the same name in 1994 starring Rahul Bose. English, August became the first Indian independent film to break the stranglehold of mainstream Indian Bollywood cinema when it was acquired by 20th Century Fox and became a theatrical success in the country

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    Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam: Bimal Mitra's Bengali novel Shaheb Bibi Golam was famously adapted in Hindi in 1962 starring Meena Kumari, Rehman and Guru Dutt in pivotal roles. The film went on to become a huge hit. The novel tells the story of the sumptuous lifestyle and the decay of a feudal family. It is the story of Pateshwari aka Chhoto Bou, a woman who wants to experience romance, to be a real wife, to invent for herself and live a new kind of conjugality

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    Train to Pakistan: The 1998 Hindi film directed by Pamela Brooks is based on Khushwant Singh's 1956 historical novel by the same name set in the Partition of India of 1947. It starred Nirmal Pandey, Rajit Kapur, Mohan Agashe, Smriti Mishra, and Divya Dutta. It tells the story of a small peaceful village Mano Majra that transforms into a battlefield between Sikhs and Muslims during the summer of 1947 due to the tensions of the Partition

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    The Blue Umbrella: Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, who adapted Ruskin Bond's 1980 novel in 2005, the film starred Shreya Sharma and Pankaj Kapur in lead roles. The story set in a small village in Himachal Pradesh is about a little girl who trades her leopard claw necklace for a pretty, frilly blue umbrella and goes on to become extremely popular with her fellow villagers. The village's resident shopkeeper becomes envious of her popularity due to the umbrella and attempts to steal it. Screen veteran Pankaj Kapur received plaudits for his portrayal as the shopkeeper

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As 'Devdas' completes 15 years, we look at prominent literary works that were adapted into award-winning films

 

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