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Legendary Author Ruskin Bond [/caption]
A dearly beloved author for children (and adults) everywhere, Ruskin Bond turns 83 on Friday. Over his decades long career as a writer he has written more than 100 books with majority becoming bestsellers. His books have earned him numerous awards including the Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri and the Sahitya Akademi Award. Several of his stories have been included in official school curriculums, such as The Night Train at Deoli, Time Stops at Shamli and Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra.
Here are some of Ruskin Bond's books that have been adapted for the big screen:
A Flight Of Pigeons - Junoon (1978)
Starring Shashi Kapoor and directed by the acclaimed Shyam Benegal, Junoon is based on Ruskin Bond's fictional novella A Flight of Pigeons which is set against the backdrop of the Indian Rebellion of 1857. A family of three 3 British women take refuge at the home of a wealthy Hindu family but are taken by a Muslim Pathan Javed Khan to his house. What happens in that house forms the rest of the story.
The Blue Umbrella (2005)
Ruskin Bond's novel The Blue Umbrella (1980) was made into a movie of the same name by Vishal Bhardwaj in 2005. Starring Pankaj Kapur and Shreya Sharma, the story is about a small village where a young girl acquires a novelty blue umbrella by trading in her necklace. The blue umbrella is dearly coveted in her village and gets stolen.
Susanna's Seven Husbands - 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)
Another production by Bollywood filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, he directly contacted Ruskin Bond to expand his short story Susanna's Seven Husbands. The expanded novella was then converted into a movie script by Bhardwaj himself and Matthew Robbins. Starring accomplished actress Priyanka Chopra in the title role, the movie gives a literal meaning to the term femme fatale as she murders her successive husbands in a quest for love. The movie 7 Khoon Maaf also marked the acting debut of Ruskin Bond himself who appeared in a minor role.
Chachi's Funeral (2014)
A short film directed by Gaurav Bal, Chachi's Funeral is based on Ruskin Bond's short story on the same name. A children's story, the movie is about a little boy Sunil who kills his Chachi only to realize how much he loves her. Thankfully, his Chachi comes back to life 20 minutes later.
Apart from the big screen, Ruskin Bond's life and stories were also adapted for the small screen in the Doordarshan tv series 'Ek Tha Rusty' which aired 3 seasons.