William Shakespeare’s popular play Hamlet was dated wrongly, causing scholars to overlook a message that has hidden in plain sight for centuries, new research has claimed. Until recently, academics believed that Shakespeare wrote Hamlet in early 1601, when Elizabeth I was still on the throne after more than 42 years.
Researchers have found that this is the wrong date and that the Bard did not produce the finished version for another two years.
According to them, Shakespeare may have used the play to win the favour of the newly crowned James I in 1603. In 1603, Shakespeare would have been working on his play immediately after the coronation of James I and after the death of his own father, John, in late 1601. Read more
Source: The Indian Express
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kashmir drama is a beautifully acted but sloppily assembled adaptation of the Shakespeare classic.
Haider is Vishal Bhardwaj’s third attempt to map William Shakespeare’s texts, characters and plotting patterns for India’s social and political realities. The English playwright’s brooding tragedies have vastly helped the ambitious filmmaker chart new directions for well-travelled themes. Macbeth reoriented the mafia movie (Maqbool), while Othello seemed perfect to explore caste and power relations in Uttar Pradesh (Omkara). Read more
Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has a fetish for Shakespeare. Earlier, he had adapted Macbeth as Maqbool and Othello as Omkara. Both were box office hits as well as critically acclaimed.
This year, the director is back with a new adaptation, Haider. The film is an adaptation of Hamlet, written by Basharat Peer and Bhardwaj. Basharat Peer is an Indian journalist of Kashmiri ethnicity, based in New York. He is also an author and political commentator.
The film stars actors Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon. Co-produced by Siddharth Roy Kapoor, Haider is slated to hit the screens on October 2 this year. You can watch the trailer here.