5 Books That Inspired Popular Bollywood Films

From Chetan Bhagat to Jane Austen: five books from page to screen

Cinema brings us a package of wonderment, inspirations and tales which stay with us for the longest time. An idea to portray something on the 70mm, be it a play, an individual, a life event or even a novel is mere creativity and art. Art is not divided by caste, religion or continent and cinema around the world has truly proved that. Movies give life to our favourite characters and make us a part of their journey, leaving a mark. Here are 5 Bollywood movies which were inspired by novels.


3 IDIOTS – Inspired by: 5 Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat  5 Point Someone revolved around the story of three friends, Ravi, Ryan and Alok, who meet one another for the first time in an IIT engineering college. Along their 4 year journey, they acknowledge each other as best buddies and help one another to make difficult life decisions. The film 3 Idiots starred Aamir Khan, R Madhavan and Sharman Joshi as Rancho, Farhan Qureshi and Raju Rastogi respectively.


2 STATES – Inspired by: 2 States: The Story of my Marriage by Chetan Bhagat Author Chetan Bhagat penned his love story in his novel which touched hearts of readers from around the world. The story of Krish and Ananya, belonging from two diverse cultures and caste in India, takes us along their journey of finding their love through the struggle of convincing their parents for their inter-caste marriage. The role of Krish was played by Arjun Kapoor, where as Alia Bhatt essayed Ananya.


AISHA – Inspired by: Emma by Jane Austen The story of Emma shared the problems faced by women in England and Austen did so in a humorous and fun manner. A spoilt, rich and headstrong woman, Emma overestimates her matchmaking skills and on the way of making people fall in love, her ideas and thought lead her astray only tampering her relationships. Actress Sonam Kapoor played the role of the fun loving, fashionable and sassy gal in and as Aisha. Here’s a song from the soundtrack:


DEVDAS – Inspired by: Devdas by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay Devdas is a love triangle between three protagonists, Devdas, Chandramukhi and Paro. While there have been adaptations in various regional languages, the Hindi version casted Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the leads. The film was acknowledged with several awards including the Filmfare Best Actor (Male & Female), Best Director and Best Movie.


HELLO – Inspired by: One Night @ A Call Centre by Chetan Bhagat Another acclaimed novel by Chetan Bhagat, the story revolves around a group of six employees working at a call centre in Gurgaon, Delhi. On sharing their problems with one another, they are taken back by a phone call from ‘God’ who advises and guides them on life. The movie was named Hello, starring Sohail Khan, Isha Koppikar, Sharman Joshi, Sharat Saxene with cameos by Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.

Leave a Comment

TV Column: Can a TV show truly be considered ‘great’?

The hosts are revolting! – Westworld Season 2 Episode 1 review