Friday, August 17, 2007

Vishal Bharadwaj: Leery of Lear?

Will it be King Lear or Hamlet? After Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello), fans are wondering which Shakespearean play will filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj attempt next.

Speculation had been rife that the Indian filmmaker would choose King Lear as the basis for the third and final film of his Shakespeare trilogy. But Bharadwaj told Toe Knee Unplugged he hasn't decided yet.

"I do have to complete my trilogy but many filmmakers are making films on Shakespeare's plays so I haven't decided yet."
Was Bharadwaj referring to Rituparno Ghosh's take on King Lear? Ghosh's The Last Lear has Amitabh Bachchan playing a failed and ageing Shakespearean actor. The film premieres at the Toronto film festival in September.

Perhaps, Bharadwaj should stick to his original plan - that of making Julius Caesar. He had even thought of having Sanjay Dutt and Irrfan Khan play the pivotal roles of Caesar and Mark Antony. But with Dutt's incarceration, that plan seems to have fizzled out.

For now, Bharadwaj is revelling in the success of his award-winning children's film The Blue Umbrella and busy working on his next film - a docudrama.

So is the Bard of Avon on hold for now? Yes, but you guys can help Bharadwaj out. Should he go in for a Shakespearean tragedy, comedy or tragi-comedy?

Bharadwaj's next film should be based on
King Lear
Julius Caesar
Hamlet
Antony and Cleopatra
Romeo and Juliet
Coriolanus
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
The Tempest
The Taming of the Shrew
  
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