Western literature adaptation is not a new matter in cinemas. For example, we can take a look several successful movies based on Western literature like; Harry Potter the series, Lord Of The Rings,Narnia, Les Miserables, Pride and Prejudice and much more. The moment of Western literature adaptation also happens in Hindi cinema. You can enjoy the magnificent opus work from William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Charles Dickens in Bollywood style.
When Bollywood Meet Western Literature Works
Literature works that adapted to Hindi cinemas are being done with adjusting it into some Indian cultures setting. Western literature adaptation has been run since Biden Nag’s Kohraa (1964) until now. Some of them are critically acclaimed and commercially successful, but the rest is declared as flops.
- William Shakespeare’s Macbeth – Vishal Bhardwaj’sMaqbool
Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s opus which adapted into Hindi movie. Titled Maqbool(2004), this film version of Macbeth has a stellar cast includes Irrfan Khan, Tabu, PankajKapoor, Om Puri, and Naseeruddin Shah. The original script is telling about Scotland-based general, named Macbeth that betrayed his King to take his position. The onscreen adaptation has the similar plot and received positive reviews from critics.
- William Shakespeare’s Othello – Vishal Bhardwaj’sOmkara
Omkara (2006) is a Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Othello and was starred with famous Bollywood’s stars including Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, VivekOberoi, KareenaKapoor, and KonkonaSen Sharma. This movie narrated about a politician enforcer, OmkaraShukla (played by Ajay Devgn) which surrounded with love, jealousy, betrayal, and revenge between people which he knows. This movie has been selected to screen in some prestigious events and well received.
- William Shakespeare’s Hamlet – Vishal Bhardwaj’sHaider
As a filmmaker, Vishal Bhardwaj has adapted many kinds of literature to his films. His onscreen adaptation primarily based on Shakespeare’s works. Haider (2014) is his latest onscreen adaptation of Hamlet which released in 2014. This ShahidKapoor and Tabustarrer have a same essential plot from that Shakespeare’s magnum opus. Besides of that, this film is also doing well in box office and garnered praise from critics.
- William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet – Sanjay LeelaBhansali’sRam Leela
India has so many Romeo and Juliet screen adaptation. One of the most highest-grossing films in India that based on this Shakespeare’s work is Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (2013) or popularly called Ram-Leela. This one is a brave innovation by SLB and has been made with adjusting some Gujarati nuance. This movie is getting some awards including best actress award for DeepikaPadukone, the leading lady in this film. This flick is also starring Ranveer Singh, RichaChadha, and SupriyaPathak and tell a love story between two lovers from different clans which are hated one to another.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky’s White Nights – Sanjay LeelaBhansali’sSaawariya
Dostoevsky’s White Night based a Hindi movie titled Saawariya (2006). This movie has RanbirKapoor and SonamKapoor in the lead roles. The original story narrated a boy that met a girl on several nights and falls for her. Unfortunately, the girl has someone which her adores many, and she waits for the arriving of her love. Though Saawariya is an artistic, yet breathtaking picture and has a stellar performance from the cast, this movie falls miserably in the box office. Besides Saawariya, there is also a flick titled AhistaAhista that have a similar story with White Night.
- Jane Austen’s Emma – RajshreeOjha’sAisha
Aisha (2010) is a Bollywood film that adapted from a Hollywood movie titled Clueless (1995). Apparently, the Hollywood version is an onscreen adaptation of Emma, Austen’s book. For the story plot, the main character of both the book and the movie is failed to do matchmaking. This flick didn’t do well at box office and get some mixed reviews. Aisha has SonamKapoor and AbhayDeol in the pivotal roles.
- Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca – Biden Nag’s Kohraa
Rebecca, a 1938’s novel that authored by Daphne du Maurier was a best-seller at the time of release. This fiction has some screen adaptations. One of the screen adaptations is Kohraa (1964), a Hindi film with thriller, horror genre that directed by Biren Nag. This adaptation is famous for its twist ending than the original book. Kohraa has WaheedaRehman, Biswajeet, and LalitaPawar in the key roles.
- Henry’sThe Last Leaf – VikramadityaMotwane’sLootera
A short story titled The Last Leaf made by O.Henry has based a Hindi movie called Lootera (2010). This film is a beauty adaptation from the famous fiction. Lootera is a story about an aristocrat daughter named Pakhi Roy Chaudhri (SonakshiSinha), which get attracted to a young man called VarunShrivastav (Ranveer Singh) without knowing the real identity of the person. Varun arranged a marriage and then escape by deceit people considers Pakhi and her dad. This film is valuable and turns out to be one of the most memorable films in Hindi cinema.
- J. Cronin’s The Citadel – Vijay Anand’sTere Mere Sapne
In 1971, DevAnand, Mumtaz, and HemaMalini starring a film representation of The Citadel, a National Book Award winner. This novel had a theme of medical ethics and was written by A. J. Cronin. Similar to the book, Tere Mere Sapne is about a doctor that meets some various events that force him to break his professional ethics. But there is a different ending between the both of novel and film. The film version was ending happily for the main characters.
- Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations – AbhishekKapoor’sFitoor
Aditya Roy Kapur and Katrina Kaif’sFitoor (2016) is also adapted from a prominent Western literature. This film is an onscreen representation from one of the most popular books of Charles Dicken, Great Expectations. That fiction has a plot where an orphan boy named Pip which fell in love with an adopted daughter of a wealthy spinster, Miss Havisham. The film version also has the same plot with different setting and names. But unfortunately, it declared as a flop at the box office.
Now you have know the list of Hindi movies that adapted from Western literature works. The Bollywood movies and literature could be a delightful watch. You may take them as a weekend refreshhing if you are boring and want to watch some literature adaptation of Hindi movies. Are you excited to watch them? Which films that interested you most?