The rich Bengali culture has its roots in literature, music, fine arts and cinema. Many a time, these individual elements are creatively intertwined. And, the result is simply outstanding! There’s a very close connection between Bengali literature and cinema. We know of classics like Devdas that have a huge fanbase – both for the novel and the movie. They have entertained generations of readers and viewers. So, here’s bringing some recent Bengali movies based on popular novels.
This 2014 thriller revolves around the famous Feluda (fictional private investigator) and a thief. It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Satyajit Ray and published in 1969. Badshahi Angti was Ray’s first novel on Feluda. Over the years, Feluda has been presented on the big screen several times by different filmmakers.
This recently released drama is based on the book Chowringhee written by Mani Shankar Mukherjee (Sankar). The story revolves around the experiences of different people in a hotel named after Shah Jahan. The best-selling novel, published in 1962, is considered to be Sankar’s most popular book. Translated in many languages, the book has also been adapted into a play and films.
Recipient of the National Award, this acclaimed film is based on a novel of the same name. It is the story of Binodini, a young widow, and her relationship with three individuals. Written by the legendary Rabindranath Tagore, this book has been adapted several times into films, TV shows and plays. The movie released in 2003 and stars Aishwarya Rai and Prosenjit Chatterjee, among others.
This 2012 drama is an adaption of the novel Dui Nari, Hate Torobari. It is an emotional story of an NRI couple and their complicated relationship. The book was written by noted poet and novelist, Sunil Gangopadhyay. He is fondly remembered for his valuable contribution to Bengali literature. Specially for the creation of Kakababu, a fictional character popular in children’s literature.
This 2013 horror comedy is about women of three generations and their changing position in the society. It is based on a namesake novel and a short story, Rashmonir Sonadana – both written by Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay. He is a renowned Bengali author who has penned many thrillers and comics. Detective Shabor Dasgupta is one of the popular fictional sleuths created by him.