English Literary Texts Adapted By Bollywood

Vandana Shrivastava


Filmmakers all over the world have got influenced from great literature and transcribed it into movies. Adaptation of books into cinema is nothing new for the Indian film industry too and the impact of literature on our films is almost as old as filmmaking itself. From Shakespeare to Ruskin Bond, Indian cinema has been inspired and adapted from many literary works. In fact, the first ever full-length silent feature film that India made was an adaptation from a mythological character” Raja Harishchandra”. Since then, Indian filmmakers have directly or indirectly taken references from various mythological and social stories in order to make their films. The recent one being Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti, which is regarded as a modern day “Mahabharata”

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