For readers, books are always the best option. But many times a movie matches the level of the favorite work of literature on which it is positioned.
Love for literature is just one of its kind, book lovers usually not accept their favorite novel/fiction turned into a movie. There is no question of doubt “book is the better” reply we heard often. Yet the entertainment industry has over and over again, surprised with those lit films, and continues to bring written words on the big screen. For example, great director cum screenwriter Stanley Kubrick, was one gifted with ingenuity, picking up reputed bestsellers and giving his a twist with his own medicine. Even authors don’t like to see their work getting tarnished by the hands of a notorious perfectionist Mr. Kubrick. A handful of authors who got their work adapted were admired when putting on the big screen than John le Carré. But as said, to date many wordsmith exclaim “Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes.”
For some authors, books and movies don’t go along, they say “Books and movies demonstrate different languages and attempt to fail the translation” Salman Rushdie had famously warned in 1999. One reason for the pessimism was Midnight Children turned into a film with a failed attempt at translation. It was Salman Rushdie’s Favorite ‘Salman Rushdie novel’ which was directed by Deepa Mehta in 2012, and was an attempt to prove magical the master of magical realism right – but no winner it was. This deterioration proving a point a great book necessarily doesn’t lead to yield a great movie. And the opposite can be true as well.
Well we look at Bollywood adaption from bestseller to box office.
- 3 Idiots
‘Compete or die’ – Dr. Viru Sahastrabuddhe
Mr. Raju Hirani is quite a synonym of word comedy. 3 idiots a film based on the friendship of three engineering boys, but it’s main plot was about Aamir Khan who plays radical Rancho. With his own perspective, he has his way of looking at the world, or say exclusively the world of education. Hiran’s mordant way of showing and commenting on India’s education system, 3 idiots is compellingly funny. With Hirani show of cinema, aimed at making weepies around the audience, with dialogue “bas kr pagle, rulayega kya”. He is one of the new class directors who has been concomitant with setting up box office new parameters, sounding Rs 100 crore a little change in a pocket.
- Raazi (2018)
Chaahe jo bhi ho raha ho tumhare saath, ek nayi bahu ki muskurahat hamesha tumhare chehre pe rehni chahiye’ – Khalid Mir
Rumour was that when the daughter of Gulzar Sahab, Meghna Gulzar expressed her intention of turning a book called “Calling Sehmat” into a film, Gulzar Ji expressed reservations. In this movie based book thriller, Alia Bhatt played the leading role, with Meghna being inspired by the character of the girl who is plucky during her life journey. Alia who plays the role Sehmat in the reel is an Indian spy who creeps into Pakistan by marrying into an army family with curtailing the doubt of suspicion. Well, who in their wildest dreams think this beautiful Kashmiri bride as a spy secretly reporting to Indian RAW. The high-end performance of Alia Bhatt was matched by Jaideep Ahlawat and Vicky Kaushal (Sehmat Husband) who put up a brilliant show. The phenomenal direction of Meghna with showing the act of patriotism with Gulzar’s timely Aye Watan playing like an anthem in Raazi. Sehmat with the will to fulfill her duties for her country and her husband was heroically done.
- Haider (2014)
‘Jab tak hum inteqam se azaad nahin honge na, koi azaadi humein azaad nahin kar sakti’ – Ghazala
A movie adapted on the haunting story of Bard Halmet, Vishal Bhardwaj, Haider – the story is the depiction of the insurrection and violence in Kashmir. A “half widow” antagonism and complicated mother played by Tabu who steals the show from her son, Haider (Shahid Kapoor). The character played by her was so fierce and fascinating that New York Times wrote,” Instead of Haider, the director Vishal Bhardwaj should have considered calling his fast-and-loose adaptation of Hamlet ‘Ghazala’, after its Gertrude character.” A rare flick in Bollywood casting a scared mother-son relationship to such Freudian depths. Like another movie of Vishal Bhardwaj, the music composition and poetry was done in a remarkable way to let Haider stand out in the box office. Learning from others’ history, Vishal Bhardwaj took extreme care of characterizations and to the subtlety of poetry and language.
- Black Friday (2007)
Bombai par hamla bolenge toh international level par akkha duniya ko maloom padega, bhai’ – Tiger Memon
The plot from the book S. Hussain Zaidi’s which was based on Bombay blasts of 1993 one of the darkest chapters in this modern world with tall towers and obscure low towns, Black Friday begins where RGV’s Satya left. With Anurag Kashyap’s great dual love for the underworld and Mumbai, Black Friday illustrates the psychology of crime. Unlike, Satya the movie was not impersonated with characters. Even the names are named, Dawood Ibrahim for a change shows his long-hidden face covered behind his fashionable shades. The assassination of Bal Thackeray and LK Advani is blatantly discussed on the big screen. Viewers don’t make out the movie is presenting Tiger Memon as a hero, though he was considered one by the Muslim community following the time of Bombay riots. With the release of the film, Kashyap was given a title of Bollywood’s disruptor-in-chief.
- Masoom (1983)
‘Tujhse naraaz nahin zindagi, hairan hoon main’ – Gulzar
Story displaying a child played by Rahul Hansraj who is an illegitimate child of DK (Naseeruddin Shah), who already has a happy Indian Family with two adoring daughters. How his wife Indu (Shabana Azmi) deal with a child from the affair of her husband and the anger of watching the child along in her house. The film isn’t about the child or the man, its about the woman. The emotional storyline is based on Erich Segal’s Man, Woman, and Child. which inspired Shekhar Kapoor to direct his first movie. The
- Shatranj ke Khiladi (1977)
‘Aag lage iss khel ko’ – Khurshid
Short Story, Shatranj Ke Khilari written by Premchand which lovingly outlines the “chess” as other women in begum Khurshid’s (Shabana Azmi) life during the time when Queen Victoria in Awadh (Lucknow) is closing in. Begum Khurshid’s biggest enemy which keeps away her husband Mirza Sajjad Ali (Sanjeev Kumar), a british noble, who is chess-obessed and is engrossed with his friend Mir Roshan Ali (Saeed Jaffrey) in the game. The movie plot praising the bygone of the Awadh people and Nawabi culture of tehzeeb, and imputing a downfall blandly of the Nawabs who were responsible themselves. “We get so helpless without servants,” says Mir Roshan Ali, towards the end. Later on when insulted, he points the gun but not against british. Nawabs cool down with Poetry, shisha and kebabs and resumes their games, even when Queen Victoria advances in, Checkmate!