8 Worst Book To Movie Adaptations That Failed To Create Magic

Here are 8 Bollywood movies based on novels which did not connect with the audience.

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Inspiration is like a fuel on which our Bollywood industry runs. Bollywood keeps on looking for such inspirations, whether it's from the south or from the west. But one thing that Bollywood filmmakers keep going back to is books.

Over the years many film adaptions have been inspired by literary masterpieces and while some have been huge blockbusters, some failed to impress the audience. So here are 8 Bollywood movies based on novels which did not connect with the audience -

Hello - Love him or hate him but you just can't ignore Chetan Bhagat. The novelist has penned a number of books out of which 4 have been turned into Bollywood movies. But sadly Bhagat's 'one night @ the call center' movie adaption was not appreciated by the audience. Directed by Atul Agnihotri, the movie starred Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Sharman Joshi and many other stars. The main reason why the movie did not work was that of its congested screenplay and the tedious plot development which transformed it into an uninspired movie of a successful book.

Aisha - Aisha starred Sonam Kapoor as the main lead along with Abhay Deol and was a novel adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma. Set in the upper-class society of Delhi, the movie like the book is about a restless creature who offsets her longings and loneliness with her preoccupation at playing cupid. Sadly, the movie was a huge dud at the box-office mainly due to its trite dialogues and horrid scripting.

7 Khoon Maaf - Easily one of her best performance, Priyanka Chopra shined in Vishal Bhardwaj's Saat Khoon Maaf. Based on Ruskin Bond's short story Susanna's Seven Husbands Priyanka plays the role of a woman who kills her husbands in her unending quest for love. But unfortunately, moviegoers did not find anything great about the whole wife-killing-husband story and thus the movie had a disappointing run at the box-office.


Detective Byomkesh Bakshy - Detective Byomkesh Bakshy is the most famous fictional creation of Bengali writer Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay. The character has appeared in many movies and TV series, the most recent being director Dibakar Banerjee's Bollywood flick 'Detective Byomkesh Banksy' starring Sushant Singh Rajput as the main lead. Although the movie was appreciated by the critics, its slow pace and too many subplots proved to be a major hurdle at the box-office.

Lootera - The beautifully made Vikramaditya Motwane's Lootera was an adaptation of O. Henry's short story "The Last Leaf". Starring Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha the movie is about an aristocrat's daughter who falls for a young archaeologist who eventually breaks her heart leading a double life. Set in 1953 Bengal, the movie did not find much love with the audience with it's eloquently paced, minimal dialogue story-telling.

Bombay Velvet - The Anurag Kashyap directorial was made on a hefty-budget of 120 crores and was based on historian Gyan Prakash's book Mumbai Fables. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Karan Johar, the movie had the aesthetic template of American noir films of the '40s, with nothing-but-jazz soundtrack, no naach-gaana, no crowd-pleasing moments, or a picture-perfect ending leading to its huge disaster at the box-office.

Fitoor - Based on Charles Dicken's Great Expectations, Fitoor directed by Abhishek Kapoor failed on several levels. Though actors Aditya Roy Kapoor and Tabu gave impressive performances, the movie suffered at the box-office due to its loosely-written script that lacked the passion we saw in Dickens' characters.

Noor - The movie starring Sonakshi Sinha and comedian Kanan Gill was based on author Saba Imtiaz's 'Karachi You're Killing Me'. Set in Mumbai instead of Karachi, the movie manages to neither be a decent slice-of-life film about a young, independent, working woman nor an insightful film about the profession of journalism and ultimately failed at the box-office.