Penned to be Performed – Novels in Motions Of Big and Small Screen
An author begins to pen down a thought assuming that the picture in his mind will automatically transcend into the imagination of the reader. However, this is often not the case. The beauty of words is that while they remain engraved on a page for eternity, the meaning they emulate changes with the mind of every reader, thus creating various renditions of a single work of literature throughout history. Directors, who are modern day storytellers, project works of literature in their own ways. In the past decade, the number of novels turned into movies and television show has increased.
The World Of Magic
The world of fantasy has taken the globe by charm. More and more readers are keen on seeing their favorite fantastical novels come to life on both the big and small screens. The trend of fantasy turned to reality on screen began with the largest novel based movie franchise in the world, Harry Potter. J.K Rowling‘s mystical series was first brought to life by director Chris Columbus, who directed the first two films in the 8 film series, in 2001.
Thereafter, numerous novels have been translated into movies or television series. Keeping with the trend were the vampires and wolves of the new age. Novels such as The Vampire Diaries and Twilight series were translated not only into Hollywood feature films, but also into Indian Television series. Ekta Kapoor, known for her forte on media for the masses, adopted Vampire Diaries and Twilight, to turn it into a television series of her own. Pyaar Kii Yeh Ek Kahani starring Vivian Dsena, Sukriti Khandpal, Priya Wal, Vishal Gandhi, Rithvik Dhanjani and Vahbbiz Dorabjee was a sensation amongst the youth. Although the show was short-lived, the love story of Abhay and Piya is as immortal as a vampire’s soul.
Shakespeare and Classics Still Sell
While on one hand, fantasy was creating its own fanatics, the craze for a true classic still remained. Despite the uncountable attempts to tell a classic Shakespearean tale, directors still compete to captivate the true essence of Shakespeare. As audiences are well aware, Bollywood director Vishal Bharadwaj lives to recreate Shakespeare. His earlier works Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello) have already created a stir among critics and audiences while his third tribute to Shakespeare, Haider (Hamlet) is still in the works.
Last year, yet another director decided to pay tribute to William Shakespeare. Sanjay Leela Bhansali‘s controversial film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela displayed a bold and colorful interpretation on Romeo and Juliet.
The film not only did well at the box office, it also became the most talked about film of 2013. Keeping with the trend is a newly released television series titled Rangrasiya. The inciting Rajasthani tale starring Ashish Kapoor and Sanaya Irani is said to have been adapted from Shakespeare’s Othello.
Apart from these we also have some other inspired films from novels. Beginning with Priyanka Chopra starrer 7 Khoon Maaf (Susanna’s Seven Husbands) to Vikramaditya Motwani’s Lootera who took inspiration from O’Henry’s The Last Leaf and moulded into seasons which fit his style the best. This produced the periodic love saga titled Lootera, starring Sonakshi Sinha and Ranveer Singh.
Indian Regional Novels Rule Through Generations
While Shakespeare painted the portrait we call Rangrasiya, well known Indian authors influenced other hit series. Star Plus’ Saraswatichandra and Life OK’s Tumhari Pakhi were both works of Indian authors. Saraswatichandra, which was also made into a film in 1968, was written by Gujarati author Govardham Madhavram Tripathi over a period of 15 years. Originally a tragic love story, the writers have manipulated the script to best fit modern conformities.
Likewise, Tumhari Pakhi is a word for word rendition of author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. His other works which have been translated into motion pictures include Devdas and Parineeta. Modern day author Manju Kapoor‘s novel Custody has also been adapted by Ekta Kapoor in her newest series Yeh Hai Mohabbatein.
Chetan Bhagat – A Non Reader’s Favourite
Of the more modern Indian authors, Chetan Bhagat‘s novels are readily translated into motion pictures. He appeals to the section of readers who never were readers before they took up his novel to read. His novel, Five Point Someone was translated into 3 Idiots, Three Mistakes of My Life into Kai Po Che and 2 States into a movie of the same name.
Likewise is the love affair of Nicholas Sparks books and movies. His books, The Notebook, The Last Song, Dear John and the most recent, Safe Haven have all been translated into movies.
With all these and many more novels turning into works in motion, the question of whether originality has vanished from our thoughts also rises. For now let’s enjoy the variations in creative thinking one can take from a single context. Which of these works do you enjoy the most? Do you prefer reading the novel or watching it live in action? Share with us only on Fuze.
Author: Diana Lydia