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Memoirs that were brought to life on screen

SNS | New Delhi |

Some lives have inspired millions around the world. While some have been captured in the cinematic medium others first appeared as biographies and autobiographies before their stories were made public. Whatever the medium be the biopics and biographies have the power to inspire and ignite minds. Here are five such stories that were adapted from Biography and autobiography. 

A beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar- The book traces the life of John Nash, one of the most brilliant minds in the mathematics field. He is credited to be one of the prime contributors in the Game Theory. The movie version was well received by the critics but was accused of not portraying some aspects of the genius’ life. Russel Crowe had brought Nash’s character to life onscreen. 

Catch Me If You Can by Frank W Abagnale and Stan Redding- The True Story of a Real Fake- Brought to life on screen by Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, the book is based on Frank W Abagnale one of the most notorious con man, imposter and escape artist to ever have existed. From posing as a Pan Am pilot to heading a hospital management team, Abaganale had done every deceitful thing possible in his lifetime before getting caught by the FBI. Both the movie and the memoir make an entertaining story. 

Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman- The book tells the story of a world champion athlete who recounts his journey in search of ultimate happiness. The movie version of the book was named Peaceful warrior and it traces the same subject as the protagonist struggles to understand the deeper meaning of success as he recovers from a career threatening injury. 

The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort- Jordan Belfort became one of the most infamous names in the finance sector in USA while working with the firm Strattan Oakmont. The author recounts the story of Belfort’s foray into the power game that was purely based on stocks and other profits that were earned through questionable means. The movie version saw Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role. 

Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges- Alan Turing made history as he decoded the German U-boat Enigma during World War II. Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed Turing in The Imitation Game as the story recounted the mathematical brilliance of Turing and the torture inflicted upon him due to his homosexuality.