Kai Po Che, based on a novel by author Chetan Bhagat, has opened to great reviews. It's not often that a film turns out better than the book it is adapted from. When a screenplay is better than the novel, you have a winner on hand. A still from the film 3 Idiots, again loosely based on Bhagat's '5 Point Someone'. The film went on to become one of the biggest box office successes of all time.
Black Friday, Anurag Kashyap's 2004 adaptation of author S Hussain Zaidi's 'Black Friday - The True Story of the Bombay Bomb Blasts', was probably his career's best work till date. It won the Grand Jury Prize at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles and was a nominee for the Best Film (Golden Leopard) award at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Samuel Hopkins Adams' 'Night Bus' was remade as 'Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin' an endearing film chronicling the travel of a reporter who meets an heiress who's fled home on a bus. The book was adapted into 'It Happened One Night' in Hollywood and remains a popular film even today.
Author RK Narayan's 1958 novel 'The Guide' was adapted into 'Guide' in 1965 by Vijay Anand and starred Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman. While the book is widely revered, it come nowhere close to the adulation earned by the film that is considered a cult classic.
Kai Po Che, directed by Abhishek Kapoor, tells the story of three friends in Gujarat amid the backdrop of the sectarian violence, an epic cricket series and a devastating earthquake. It's adapted from author Chetan Bhagat's novel 'The Three Mistakes of My Life'.
While Moti Nandi's 'Kony' was a good novel, it's National Award winning adaptation in 1986 starring Soumitra Chatterjee and Sriparna Banerjee, was a film that inspired many sports persons fighting adversities.
The whimsical film '7 Khoon Maaf' was a black comedy directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, starring Priyanka Chopra in the lead role and adapted from Ruskin Bond's short story 'Susanna's Seven Husbands'. While it did not claim great box office gains, it was appreciated for it's seven separate stories that narrated a woman's search for security and love.
'Slumdog Millionaire', the Academy Award winning 2008 British drama directed by Danny Boyle, was an adaptation of the novel 'Q&A' by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.
One of Bollywood's big successes in 1970 was 'Kati Patang' directed by Shakti Samanta, adapted from author and screenwriter Gulshan Nanda's novel, which was again an Indian adaptation of 'I Married a Dead Man' by William Irish.
Masoom was director Shekhar Kapur's debut film in 1983 and is till today a critically acclaimed movie adapted from 'Man, Woman and Child' by author Erich Segal. It was a beautiful coming-of-age story laden with nuances in the Indian family context.
'The Namesake' was a sensitive adaptation of the novel by the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri and directed by Mira Nair. An NRI couple played brilliantly by Irrfan and Tabu try to trace their roots for their American-born children Gogol (Kal Penn) and Sonia (Sahira Nair).
'Shaheb Bibi Golam', a novel by Bengali author Bimal Mitra, formed the basis of one of Bollywood's everlasting classics 'Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam' produced by Guru Dutt and directed by Abrar Alvi.
'Sharmilee', the 1971 hit produced by Subodh Mukherjee and directed by Samir Ganguly was adapted from a novel by Gulshan Nanda. The film starred Raakhee in a double role, Shashi Kapoor, Narendra Nath, Naseer Hussain, Iftekhar, SN Banerjee, Anita Guha and Asit Sen.