5 films that take their cue from short stories
Posted on: 12:00 PM IST Jul 09, 2013
New Delhi: Like any other film industry, Bollywood also has a fascination for literature. The Hindi film industry has always given importance to the stories that have immense drama values and a leaning towards the common Indian lives. The filmmakers have tried to make famous stories in such a way that it could reflect the Indian sensibilities; however, the storytellers have mostly chosen the novels but lately the tendency to adapt short stories has increased. We have compiled a list of five recent films that are inspired by well known short stories.
Lootera (2013): Director Vikramaditya Motwane's film takes a cue from 'The Last Leaf', a heart-wrenching short story by O Henry. Though the film is not entirely based on 'The Last Leaf' but a very important part of the film is the screen adaptation of it. Motwane has chosen the locations as per the original story but he has tried to set them up in an environment which has a similar weather like the Western part of the globe.
Ek Thi Daayan (2013): Kannan Iyer's film gives Mukul Sharma's story 'Mobius Trips' a celluloid dimension. The film features his daughter Konkona Sen Sharma as a woman who has a strong command on the 'art' of black magic. The story of the film revolves around a magician Bobo, who finds himself trapped in between two suspicious women.
Saat Khoon Maaf (2011): Ruskin Bond's 'Susanna's Seven Husbands' forms the core of Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Saat Khoon Maaf', a film that gave Priyanka Chopra the much awaited chance to flaunt her acting skills. She didn't disappoint the audience either and the film made its place among the most appreciated dark films of Bollywood.
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge (2010): Sharad Joshi's name was not new for the audience as his satires have always amused the readers, but adapting a story required a great deal of hard work. Director Ashwni Dhir managed to rope in actors like Ajay Devgn, Konkana Sen Sharma and Paresh Rawal for his film. Though the film didn't become a monster hit but it was appreciated for its innocent humour.
Raincoat (2004): Rituparno Ghosh's films are known for their subtleties and the alternate realism they portray. His films always showcased people who are not very privileged and are living under some kind of constant pain. 'Raincoat' focussed on two lovers who get separated due to the changing circumstances, only to realise each other's miserable realities. The film starred Ajay Devgn and Aishwarya Rai and was based on O Henry's 'The Gift of the Magi'.