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Have You Watched These Bollywood Movies Based On Works Of Literature?

Do you prefer to read the book, or watch the movie, or both?

When we say Devdas, what do you think of? The iconic 2002 film starring SRK, Madhuri Dixit, and Aishwarya Rai, or the older, 1955 version starring Dilip Kumar, Suchitra Sen, and Vyjayanthimala? Perhaps you're more millennial and you first recall the wonderful Dev.D from 2009 that featured Abhay Deol as the troubled lead? Or are you more of a web series person and your go-to is 2017's gender-flipped Dev DD?

Whichever version you may like the most, all these films share a common source: Devdas, a 1917 Bengali novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.

This is but one example of the utter magic that the combination of Bollywood and books has resulted in.

Basically, 📚 + 🎥 = ✨😍🥰💓🔥 💕😘💖

Bollywood has some really great movies based on works on literature. How many of these have you watched?

1. Maqbool (2004)

Irrfan looking disappointed in a still from Maqbool.

2. Omkara (2006)

Saif smiles in Omkara.

3. Haider (2014)

Shahid and Tabu take a walk in Haider.

No wonder Professor Jonathan Gil Harris called Shakespeare "Bollywood’s most successful screenplay writer," considering how there are so many film adaptations of (or films "inspired" by) his plays. But there are various other writers whose books have been made into acclaimed and/or popular films. Read on...

4. Parineeta (2005)

Saif and Vidya smile and sing in Parineeta.

5. 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

Priyanka hugs her co-star in 7 Khoon Maaf.

6. Aisha (2010)

The female leads of Aisha attend a party.

7. Lootera (2013)

Sonakshi paints while Ranveer looks on in a still from Lootera.

8. Raazi (2018)

Vicky and Alia smile at each other in a still from Raazi.

9. Kai Po Che! (2013)

The male leads of Kai Po Che stare at someone in a still from the film.

10. Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977)

The stars of Shatranj Ke Khilari play a game of chess in a still from the film.

11. Bonus: Ray (2021)

A bespectacled Manoj Bajpayee smiles in a still from Ray.

Which ones did I miss? Comment below!