Bharadwaj to now feature Shakespearean comodies

PTI, PANAJI | 23 November 2014 14:32 IST

After completing the trilogy of William Shakespeare's tragedies, 'Haider' director Vishal Bhardwaj is keen to give a big screen spin to Bard's comedies.

The 49-year-old director first adapted 'Maqbool' (2003) from Macbeth, then 'Omkara' based on Othello and more recently 'Haider' on Hamlet. 

"I can live my whole life working on Shakespeare's plays. I was very tempted to make King Lear ( a tragedy) but I chose to make Hamlet over it. I have a plot of King Lear with me but if I go back to Shakespeare, I would like to do three comedies now," he said on the sidelines of NFDC's Film Bazaar.

The ace director said unlike today's slapstick comedies, his light-hearted films will be different.

 "I will be doing serious comedies. I will do it seriously. I won't be joking around. I will do it very passionately," he said.

Vishal said Shakespeare played a very important role in his life because he read the playwright late in his life. "People find Shakespeare's plays boring at times because they read it in their school.

And during that period, it's too heavy for a kid to understand. But my first introduction to Shakespeare was during the grown up years of my life," he said.

Basking in the success of his latest release, which dealt with the insurgency period in Kashmir, Vishal said he desired for such a huge response. 

"I desired such a response. More than expectation, I was desiring it. It was very natural to desire such response," Vishal said.

After working with Shahid Kapoor in 'Kaminey' and 'Haider', the filmmaker plans to work with the actor again. 

"Shahid is a fine actor and a good friend too. It's a rare combination of a friend who is a good actor. That is the best thing that can ever happen," he said. 

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