Friday, January 21, 2022

Shakespeare in India

An American's Guide to Bollywood podcast is partway through their coverage of films which are Indian adaptations of Shakespearean plays.

I love all these films, both for how they interpret the plays and for how they incorporate key parts of Indian life and culture. So far they have covered Omkara (Othello) and Haider (Hamlet).

Each episode has a brief coverage of the film and who would be a good audience for it. Then spoilers follow. So you can check out whether the film sounds interesting before watching.

Coming up they'll cover a Bollywood version of Romeo and Juliet (Ram Leela) and a South Indian version of Macbeth (Veeram) that I can't wait to watch again.

My reviews of Omkara, Haider, and Ram-Leela can be read here.

For those who follow A Good Story is Hard to Find podcast, Scott and I have covered Omkara and Ram-Leela (Romeo and Juliet). Our episodes are best listened to after watching the films.

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