From pages to reel: Do Bollywood and literature make good partners?

haiderThe jury is still out there over the ultimate philosophy propagated by director Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare-inspired film Haider. While the argument continues, here’s a look at Bollywood’s ever lasting love affair with literary classics. Bhardwaj himself brought to celluloid two other Shakespeare masterpieces: Maqbool and Omkara. While the former was based on Macbeth, the latter found its cue in Othello. 

The point is, are there enough filmmakers and screenwriters in Bollywood who can think globally but act locally? It’s not that Bhardwaj is the only one to adapt Shakespeare in Hindi. His close associate and efficient filmmaker Gulzar used the basic premise of The Comedy Of Errors for his 1982 venture Angoor.

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