Short stories have proven that you do not need many words to make your point. Not everyone is a heavy reader. These stories are blessings to those who love literature and love light prose. Short stories may have emerged from oral story telling traditions of the past. In the age when TV serials run unending marathons, short stories come as a blessing in our lives. Can short stories be madeinto movies? Yes, off course they can. Did you know that the classic Indian Film ‘Shatranj ke khiladi’ is based on a short story written by Munshi Premchand? Jumanji, The Imposter, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and many other box office hits have been based on short stories as well. Here is the list of 8 amazing short stories by Indian authors that can be made into fully entertaining and meaningful movies.
8. Sultana’s Dream
Author: Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain Written in 1905 by Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain, a feminist writer from British India, ‘Sultana’s Dream’ was first published in The Indian Ladies Magazine of Madras, and is considered part of Bengali literature. The concept of a world where women rule the world with the aid of technology would make an interesting script for movie. The author had portrayed science fiction of future where electrical technology which enables labor less farming and flying cars; the female scientists have discovered how to trap solar power and control the weather. There is no room for men in this world.
7. The Cleft
Author: Prajwal Parajuly ‘The Cleft is the first story in the collection of 8 stories by Prajwal Parajuly in his book named ‘The Gurkha’s Daughter’. The center of attraction in the story is Kaali, a very important part of Indian culture – a domestic help. Unfortunately Kaali is born with a deformation in her face, yet that does not stop her from dreaming of a life in Bollywood. The author has smartly used the character of Kaali and her cleft to highlight the caste problems and prejudices in the society.A good theme for movie.
6. An Astrologer’s Day
Author: R.K. Narayan It is amazing how R.K. Narayan has packed thrills, suspense and human psychology in a short story so effectively. It shows how the wits, power of observation and insight into the human mind can work wonders for a man who is not trained to be an astrologer. With an amazing twist in the end, this short story has everything that can make it into blockbuster movie if handled by good hands.
Author: Premchand Already adopted as drama and tasting success, this enthralling short story which tells how the madness to get money in short-cut can bring out a drastic change in a family’s way of living and cause differences among friends, can make an amazing movie.
Author: Mrinal Pandey ‘Girls’ is a story that shines light on the hypocrisy of our gender biased society. Carrying the narration through the innocence of an 8 year old girl, it challenges justification of our traditions where the girls are worshipped as goddesses on one hand and humiliated as unwanted beings on the other. This story could develop into a movie on social awareness for our society.
3. Interpreter of Maladies
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri The genius Jhumpa Lahiri is, the drama unfolding in this short story is enough for movie and more. Mr.Kapisi, Mr. and Mrs. Das and their children form interesting characters that go on unraveling themselves as the story progresses. With some extra masala thrown in the story can churn out either as an art film or commercial cinema depending on the screen play.
2. A Tiger in the House
Author: Ruskin Bond Ruskin Bond is a name close to the heart of people who love to read, be it short stories or novels. Ruskin Bond’s beloved short story “A Tiger in the House” is a good script for movie, not just because it has good theme, but also because Bollywood has a perfect actor – Amitabh Bacchan – to play the role of Grandpa.
1. The Political Murder
Author: Shashi Tharoor The short story about a self-important police inspector who bungles a homicide investigation shows the satirical talent and the sharp observation of Indian culture and lifestyle of Shashi Tharoor. It is a wonder why movie makers have not made a bee-line to make the story into a book, because that would catch the attention of masses as the story has become relevant to real life of the author after his wife’s death.