There are a whole lot of book-to-film adaptations to watch out for this year , which we’re always excited to do. However, if you are a fan of Indian authors, there is quite the bonanza in store for you. With two major adaptations releasing this year (read a little more to see which!), we’ve put together an entire list of Indian-authored books that were made in Hollywood blockbusters. Make sure you read the books before the movie releases, and re-watch some of the other classics that have already made their mark as hit films, internationally.
Lion is inspired by the true story of Saroo Brierley (A Long Way Home), an Indian-born Australian businessman who was separated from his mother and later adopted by an Australian couple. It takes him twenty-five years to find his family again, with a lot of help from Google maps and vague childhood recollections of his hometown. The Hollywood adaption of the book stars Nichole Kidman, as his adoptive mother and Dev Patel, as Saroo.
Victoria and Abdul is the story of Abdul Karim who arrived in England at the age of twenty-f0ur to serve tables during Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. He soon found himself as one of the closet confidantes of the Queen and their growing closeness almost causes a revolt in the British household. A Hollywood version of the story, Victoria and Abdul, is all set to release in September and it stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Ali Fazal as Abdul Karim.
Salman Rushdie’s 1981-novel is about India’s transition from British rule to Independence. The main protagonist and narrator, Saleem Sinai, who was born at the exact moment that India became independent, is born with telepathic powers. He later discovers that there are many such children born between midnight and 1AM with such powers. The book was adapted on screen by Deepa Mehta and starred a huge cast that included Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran, Siddharth Narayan, Ronit Roy, Anupam Kher, Shabana Azmi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Seema Biswas, Shahana Goswami, Samrat Chakrabarti, Rahul Bose, Soha Ali Khan, Anita Majumdar and Darsheel Safary.
Slumdog Millionaire was one of the biggest films of 2009. A movie adaption of the novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup, the story is about a boy who is a participant of Kaun Banega Crorepati. He manages to answer all questions correctly and wins the big prize money but he is soon accused of cheating. To clear his name, he takes us back to his life and makes us understand how each question, and its answer is, or was, his reality.
The Namesake is the story of a Bengali couple, living in America, who decide to name their son Gogal, inspired by the author, Nikolai Gogol. Gogal grows up to hate the name, not realising the deep connection his father has with the author. A simple story of a boy who struggles to survive in America, caught between the modern world and age-old traditions at home, the narrative will keep you hooked till the end. The movie version starred Tabu and Irrfan Khan as the Bengali couple and Kal Penn as Gogal.