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Movies Adapted from English Literature That Are Beautiful

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Movies Adapted from English Literature That Are Beautiful

Bollywood has been known to gain inspiration from every walk of life and novels seem to be the best options. While many movies have been adapted from the Indian writers, there are many, where our filmmakers decided to take inspiration from the international writers. Here are the best 5 movies inspired from International literature which we absolutely love.


A Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol starrer, this movie is a feel good free which we all love to watch, once in a while to bounce back to life and believe in fairytale romances and life as well. This movie by Rajshree Ojha was adopted from a Hollywood flick Clueless, which itself was adopted from Jane Austen’s Emma. Aisha’s failed match-making surely leads to a comedy of misunderstandings. Even though the movie received a mixed review and did not do well in the BO, yet this movie has been watched and loved by many.


When it comes to adaptations and Shakespeare, Vishal Bharadwaj is the first name that comes to our mind. He has wonderfully depicted Shakespeare in an Indian context as we have seen in his previous adaptations, but Haider, adapted from Shakespeare’s classic Hamlet is one of the best we have seen. Set against the backdrop of a tumultuous Kashmir and civilian abductions, this movie is a masterpiece in the career of Bharadwaj and the lead actor, Shahid Kapoor, who played Haider. ‘To be or not to be’ the most often used dialogue by Shakespeare became ‘Hum hain ki Hum Nahi’ stole our hearts.

The Last Leaf- Lootera

A period romance by Vikramaditya Motwani is one movie that has etched a place in the hearts of every person who has watched this. The songs simply add an aura to the already beautiful movie. But not many know that the movie has been adapted from O’Henry’s ‘The Last Leaf’. Sonakshi Sinha, a dying girl clings to the hope that she will survive as long as the last leaf on a nearby tree will survive on its branch. An artist paints her masterpiece and dies in the process due to severe cold. Here Motwani turns the artist into a conman (Ranveer Singh), however the movie has been loved by the critics, but failed in the BO.


This movie was an onset of a phenomenon in Bollywood, this movie marked the beginning of the beautiful adaptations of Shakespeare by Vishal Bharadwaj. Adapted from Macbeth, this movie is a wonderful take by Bharadwaj starring Irrfan Khan and Tabu as the main lead. Tabu who is the mistress of Abba ji played by Pankaj Kapoor, actually evolves into the character of Lady Macbeth. It is the secret love between Abba ji’s mistress and Maqbool (Khan) is what leads to the murder of Abba ji and thus unfolds the crime thriller. The three witches has been wonderfully depicted by two policemen (Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri) who can foretell future and brings a twist in the tale.


Another masterpiece by Vishal Bharadwaj, Omkara is an adaptation of Othello by Shakespeare. Omkara was played by Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor plays the Desdemona. The movie is pinned against the backdrop of gang feuds and power play in UP. One of the most amazing things about the movie is the standout performance by Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi.

White Nights-Saawariya

Even though discarded by the critics and audience alike, this movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was actually adapted from White Nights by F. Dostoyevsky. This movie marked the debut of two of the finest actors in Bollywood, Sonam Kapoor and Ranbir Kapoor.



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