Bollywood Flims adapted From Classic Literature
Haider is a critically acclaimed Indian movie released in 2014. It is a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, Hamlet, set in the turbulent region of Kashmir in the 1990s.
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and starring Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, and Kay Kay Menon, the film tells the story of Haider, a young man who returns to Kashmir from studying in Aligarh, only to find that his father has disappeared and his mother is having an affair with his uncle. Haider sets out to uncover the truth about his father’s disappearance, and his journey takes him deep into the heart of the conflict between the Indian army and militants in the region.
The film received widespread critical acclaim for its direction, performances, and cinematography. It won five National Film Awards, including Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design, and was also selected as India’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.
Hamlet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. It tells the story of Prince Hamlet of Denmark, who seeks to avenge the murder of his father, King Hamlet, by his uncle, Claudius, who has seized the throne and married Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude.
The play explores themes of revenge, betrayal, madness, and mortality, and is widely regarded as one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. It is also known for its famous soliloquies, including “To be or not to be” and “What a piece of work is a man.”
Throughout the play, Hamlet struggles with his grief over his father’s death, his anger, and desire for revenge against his uncle, and his own existential crisis. He pretends to be mad in order to hide his true intentions, but this eventually leads to his own downfall and the tragic ending of the play.
Other notable characters in the play include Ophelia, Hamlet’s love interest who is driven to madness and suicide; Polonius, Ophelia’s father and a counselor to the king; and Laertes, Ophelia’s brother who seeks revenge against Hamlet for his role in her death.
Hamlet has been adapted and interpreted in various ways over the centuries and continues to be a popular and influential work in literature and theater.