Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Vishal Bhardwaj not yet ready to give up on Shakespeare, may direct a comedy next based on bard's play
Vishal Bhardwaj has made a trilogy based on Shakespeare's work already.
Jaipur: 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.
The director has been credited to bring out the best in Shahid Kapoor who is right now sweeping all the best actor awards in various award ceremonies- because Shahid's acting prowess has been best exhibited in Bhardwaj's films. "He is definitely a good actor. No doubt about that. Plus we share mutual love for each other, which makes the working experience smooth. He feels comfortable working with me, I guess," says Bhardwaj.
At the festival, Bhardwaj was part of panel discussion which talked about how his film 'Haider' adapted Hamlet in the best possible way and even focussed on Kashmir's crisis. But apart from him, does Bollywood really interpret literature well? "In recent times, I would say it has. Anurag (Kashyap) made a brilliant 'Dev D'', Sudhir Mishra ji also came up with his version of 'Devdas', and now I am looking forward to Abhishek Kapoor's 'Fitoor' which I'm sure will be a good interpretation of 'Great Expectations'.
Ruling out the possibility of making a sequel of 'Kaminey', Vishal said he is still looking for a good subject to make his next film. The director though feels overwhelmed by the appreciation 'Haider'has received from all quarters. " 'Haider' is the first film that has been profitable for me. I have actually made money from the film. So, inspite of the criticism, I'd say the film has been received well."
Bhardwaj, who is known for his love for Shakespear, said that how they took liberty with the story of 'Hamlet' while making 'Haider'. "We were true the soul of the story, not really to the text," and added, "I am surprised that we got away with so much."
Before signing off, we asked him whether he felt cinema gets undue importance in literary festival like these. "It may, but it will always get importance because of the medium is such. Its glamorous and helps in getting in the crowds so why not," said the director.
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