The New Year is just around the corner and looks like some trends and the formula will continue well into 2019 for Bollywood. In case you are wondering, we are talking about the successful trend of adapting books and short stories to feature films and shows.
While the beginning of 2019 will see the release of Anupam Kher starring the unlucky prime minister (January 11), which is based on the memo of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, and Anil Kapoor-Sonam Kapoor's Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga February 1), inspired by PG Wodehouse's Damsel in Distress; The recipe for adapting manuscripts was strong also in 2018.
It is Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukonas Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt starring Raazi, Akshay Kumar-Sonam Kapoor's PadMan, or Sudhir Mishra director Daas Dev, this year saw several filmmakers heading towards the reservoir of lyrics for a clear script.
While the lesser-known Daas Dev was based on Sarat Chandra Chatterje's classic Bengali novel Devdas, Danny Denzogpa and Adil Hussain's movie Bioscopwala took their inspiration from the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagores Kabuliwala. In the film, the story of Kabuliwala is performed and dates from the 19th century to the 1980s the Taliban regime.
However, the biggest successes Bollywood was able to churn this year were based on book adaptations, including Sanjay Leela Bhansali director Padmaavat, Akshay's Padman and Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal's film Raazi.
Padmaavat, who claimed many controversies because of his source, was said to be inspired by the epic poem of Padmavat, authored by Malik Muhammad Jayasi. The PadMan was based on the short story of the Sanitary Man of Sacred Land that appeared in Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which in turn was inspired by the life and times of social activist Arunachalam Muruganantham. On the other hand, Meghna Gulzar's director Raazi was based on the book Calling Sehmat by Harinder Sikka.
Both Padman and Raazi turned out to be blockbusters. The former got Rs 81.82 crore, while Alia Bhatt's espionage thriller set the cash registers calling with his impressive lifetime collection at Rs 123.84 crore. But, Padmaavat stole everyone's thunder by whipping up an amazing lifetime collection of Rs 302.15 crore.
The digital world also refused to stay behind in "let's customize another story in film" as the year saw two Netflix series that keep themselves in the digital room. Yes, we are talking about the acclaimed Sacred Games, which took over the internet with its riveting script and performances by Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Sacred games were adapted from the book of the same name by Vikram Chandra.
The selection day is based on the book with the same name of Man Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga. However, the series failed to have the kind of influence Sacred Games did. The committee's day is produced by Anil Kapoor Films & Communication Network and Seven Stories Ltd.
Here you look at you in 2019, for better books and better movies.