While the OTT platforms are spreading their legs worldwide, they are also experimenting with genres and content. However, it remains a challenge all the time to produce fresh and worthy content for viewers to watch, and to fill that void, the over-the-top (OTT) platforms are taking inspiration from the projects that are based on the books.
In recent times, we have seen many films and web series that are loosely based on widely regarded novels. Among those, Parineeti Chopra-starrer "The Girl On The Train" that was based on Paula Hawkins' bestseller of the same name along with the Riddhi Dogra-Monica Dogra-starrer web series "The Married Woman" is based on Manju Kapoor's book of the same name, got brilliant response.
Here are 5 notable OTT shows & movies that have been inspired from books -
BARD OF BLOOD [Netflix]
An espionage thriller series directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, Bard of Blood is based on Bilal Siddiqi's 2015 novel of the same name. Siddiqi penned the book while he was still a student at St Xavier's college in Mumbai. The book traces the life of Kabir Anand (Emraan Hashmi), a former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agent who gives up civilian life to return for a risky mission. Produced by Shah Rukh Khan's production house Red Chillies Entertainment, the series stars Emraan Hashmi, Sobhita Dhulipala, Danish Husain, and Jaideep Ahlawat. The first season of 7 episode premiered on 27 September 2019 on Netflix.
THE MARRIED WOMAN [ALT Balaji, ZEE5]
The Monica Dogra and Riddhi Dogra-starrer web series is based on Manju Kapoor's book of the same name. The series is about two women falling in love and the circumstances that lead to this. It is directed by Sahir Raza, and currently streaming on Alt Balaji and ZEE5.
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN [Netflix]
Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, The Girl on the Train is a murder mystery and a psychological drama, starring Parineeti Chopra, Kriti Kulhari, Aditi Rao Hydari and Avinash Tiwary in pivotal roles. This film is based on Paula Hawkins' 2015 novel of the same name. It was originally scheduled for theatrical release in 2020 but due to the covid-19 pandemic, it directly premiered on Netflix on February 26, 2021.
STATE OF SIEGE: 26/11 [ZEE5]
State of Siege: 26/11 is based on Sandeep Unnithan's book, Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11. The web series depicts the events of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai from the point of view of the NSG. Apart from showing the defense team in action, it also shows the planning that went into taking down the terrorists while ensuring the safety of the civilians. The web series has eight episodes and is created by Abhimanyu Singh. It stars Arjan Bajwa, Arjun Bijlani, Mukul Dev, Vivek Dahiya, Tara-Alisha Berry, among others.
SAMANTAR [MX Player]
Based on the novel of the same name by Suhas Shirwalkar, Samantar is a mystry thriller that follows the journey of a man who seeks to know his future, but his future is the past of another man. He leaves no stone unturned to find this man and change his life, but it is not easy to find someone who does not want to be found. Directed by Satish Rajwade, the series stars Swapnil Joshi, and Tejaswini Pandit in lead roles.