It is a well-known fact that filmmakers have often been inspired by celebrated novels and made them into movies. While some of them are official remakes, many others are suggestive of a story you’ve heard about or read at some point of your lives. Two such novels that have time and again churned the creative juices in many filmmakers’ brains were written by Bengali author Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay, the stories of love, lies, pride and honor. Yes, I am referring to the timeless classics, Devdas and Parineeta. Written during the time of the British rule in India, these stories were set in Bengal before Partition. This is also where you get two of your favorite couples in the history of Indian Cinema – Devdas-Paro and Shekhar-Lolita. It is only when you read the two books and watch the films made on the Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s literary works, is when you realize the similarity and the difference between the two stories, most importantly, the characters that became epochal.
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