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Female Writers behind popular Bollywood adaptations

1.Amrita Pritam, Pinjar( 2003) :

Amrita Pritam, Pinjar

Amrita Pritam’s much acclaimed novel, Pinjar on the partition saga of India, was made into a film by Chandraprakash Dwiwedi with Urmila Matonkar and Manoj Bajpai playing the key roles. The heartwarming story of a Punjabi family in Lahore that is shattered due to the violence and turmoil of the period was equally heart wrenching as it was in the book.

2 Bapsi Sidhwa, The Earth ( 1998) : The Earth , directed by Deepta Mehta won multiple awards for the vivid portrayal of the struggles and aftermaths of the partition of India from the perspective of a Parsi girl. The story was originally written by Bapsi Sidhwa in the book Cracking India. Not very commercially successful , this film became a favorite of the critics in India and abroad.

3. Ismat Chugtai, Fire ( 1996) :

Deepa Mehta ‘s fire was the adaptation of Ismat Chugtai’s heart wrenching tale of two women who struggle to find their true selves in a male dominated household. Nandita Das and Shabana Azmi played the key roles in this adaptation of the book of the same name. The film also had homefierce desire (lesbianism ) as its main theme. Marred in controversies yet a classical tale, Fire is still intrigues the audience.

4. Maitreyi Devi, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam ( 1999):

Sanjay Leela Bhansali adapted the Bengali novel Na Hanyate written by Maitreyi Devi into a classic romantic tale , Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, with Salman Khan , Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgan playing lead roles. The mesmerizing story became a superhit romantic film with grandiose setting and lovely music by Ismail Darbar. The story has been remade in many other languages with different faces and has tasted success.

5.Jhumpa Lahiri ,The Namesake ( 2006) :

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer prize winning novel, The Namesake, was recreated on screen by none other than Mira Nair with Tabu and Irrfan Khan playing a Bengali couple who struggle with their relationship with their son, Gogol , played by Kal Penn. The film received many international awards and accolades for portraying the intricate relationship within a family settled away from their roots in the US.

6. Ismat Chugtai, Garam Hawa :

Ismat Chugtai’s short story was told with vivid characterization and greater impact by none other than M. S. Satyu with Farooq Sheikh making his debut. The film turned out to be the last film of Balraj Sahani who did not live to see the success of the film and the array of awards that it won. The subject was once again partition of India and its aftermath which was not an easy subject for any director to deal with. But veteran director M.S. Satyu who made his directorial debut with the film , made a huge impact with this Garam Hawa.

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