Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Saawariya is inspired by a short story, Le notti bianche (White Nights) written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and made into a film in 1957 by Italian director Luchino Visconti.
In 1971, French director Robert Bresson transformed the fable into a big screen movie, Quatre nuits d'un reveur (meaning Four Nights of a Dreamer) followed by another remake White Nights in 2005 by director Alain Silver.
The story (told over four days) is about a girl, who falls in love with a stranger and proposes marriage to him. He refuses citing lack of funds, and promises to come back after a year to marry her.
A year passes without any word from him. One night, she meets a stranger and tells him her story. The stranger is attracted to her, and finally tells her on the fourth night of their meeting. And then, her first love returns.
Whether Saawariya, which stars debutants stars Ranbir Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor follows the same plot, we'll have to wait and see.
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