Even 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. Read more
The 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. Read more
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.