OmkaraEven though Vishal Bhardwaj has made a trilogy based on Shakespeare’s work already, the director doesn’t mind making a few more films based on the bard’s work.

During a short chat up at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival, the filmmaker revealed that while he hasn’t planned his next film yet, he would like to take up more of Shakespeare’s work for films. “Perhaps a comedy next based on one his plays,” quips Bhardwaj.

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. 

Malaysia’s Hafiz Hamzah has embarked on a monumental project to translate Shakespeare: The Star Online

Hafiz Hamzah publisher“If you are talking about literature alone, specifically Malay literature, I think it is very stagnant, if not worsening. Malay literature no longer resides in the heart of readers,” Hafiz feels.

His aspirations finally manifested late last year when Obscura: Merapat Renggangwas published. The slim volume offers translated snippets of works by great writers like Shakespeare, Hemingway and Homer to name a few, as well as original works by Ibrahim Yaakob, Alina Abdullah and Hafiz himself from the local front.