Of late Bollywood seems to have run out of ideas. Good script has become a rarity. And perhaps that is why we see Bollywood adapting new literature into films. Not that this trend was never present in Bollywood because films like Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Devdas stem from novels that were bestsellers of their time. Literature has been inspiring Bollywood be it Shakespeare or Ruskin Bond. Work of auteur like Satyajit Ray also has been greatly influenced by Literature. In fact literature and filmmaking go hand in hand. Both are an excellent medium to let your creative juices flow.
And with the success of films like Kai Po Che and 2 States which were picked from Chetan Bhagat’s bestsellers, this trend of adapting literature on cinema is fast catching up. There was a time when films like Angoor, Do Duni Chaar, didn’t publicize themselves as being Shakespearean adaptations, yet equations changed with Vishal Bhardwaj recreating Shakespearean trilogy on celluloid. Audience despite not having an ounce of interest in literature praised and loved the films. One can say that banking on pop literature in a way has become a viable option for filmmakers to stay in business.
However on cannot deny that there is dearth of ideas in Bollywood and it is therefore that even amongst the upcoming crop of films there are number of films that are adapted from novels.
Dibakar Banerjee’s and YRF’s next is based on Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s novel by same name. Byomkesh Bakshi created uproar in the era of Doordarshan and with Sushant Singh Rajput holding the baton this time around Bakshi is sure going to rule our hearts once again. What do you think?
The over budgeted film by Anurag Kashyap which stars Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma treads the dark history of Mumbai. It revolves around the life of two individuals, a jazz singer and a boxer and shows how their hopes and dreams collide. This film which is adapted from Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables is set in 1960s. But more than the settings we are eager to see the chemistry that brews between the leads for pairing can be touted as one of the odd pairs of Bollywood.
Based on Charles Dickens famous novel Great Expectations, the film has a brawny ensemble of cast- Katrina Kaif, Aditi Rao Hydari, Aditya Roy Kapur and Rekha. The film is been currently shot in Kashmir.
Battle For Bittora
The film is based on a popular a political thriller of Anuja Chauhan by same name. The film which is helmed by Shashanka Ghosh stars Fawad Khan and Sonam Kapoor. The actor-director trio once again comes together with this film. However, the film is nothing like Khoobsurat and at surface; it sure looks like a challenge to the director for he has to fit the tale into current political scenario.
Post the success of the two films adapted from his novels, Chetan Bhagat has molded his art to suit the taste bud of the Bollywood lovers. The rights for his recently released novel Half Girlfriend were bought by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and the film will be directed by Aashiqui 2 director Mohit Suri. Although the cast of the film isn’t zeroed on yet but there are rumors about Deepika and Varun Dhawan starring in the film.
The Immortals Of Meluha
Apart from these films, Karan Johar has bought the rights of Amish Tripathy’s trilogy The Immortals Of Meluha. While we believed that Shuddhi is an adaptation of Meluha, KJo cleared the air on twitter saying that, “For all who are asking and want to know! SHUDDHI is not an adaptation of Immortals of Meluha!” To which the director of the film Karan Malhotra added on his tweet, “Shuddhi is an original story and screenplay written by my wife Ekta Pathak Malhotra and me.”
The Devotion Of Suspect X
Keigo Higashino’s The Devotion Of Suspect X will be recreated on celluloid. The rights to the project which will be helmed by Kahaani director Sujoy Ghosh have been bought by Balaji Motion Pictures. The story of the film revolves around a desperate woman who ends up killing her ex-husband in hopes for a peaceful life.
The Accidental Apprentice
Vikas Swarup’s Q & A received accolades not only in India but it became an Osacr award winning film. His The Accidental Apprentice will be the next one to go on 70mm. The film will be helmed by Badlapur director Sriram Raghavan.
Alongside Bollywood, this new ‘Indian writing in English’ has received rave reviews from abroad. Big production houses from Hollywood have shown interest in adapting novels by Indian authors into films. And amongst the many Ashwin Sanghi’s Chanakya Chant, Anuja Chauhan’s Zoya Factor, Booker prize winner Arvind Adiga’s debut novel The White Tiger and Karan Bajaj’s debut novel Keep Off The Grass.