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Indian Shakespeares on Screen

Join us for three action-packed days of discussions and screenings exploring the relationship between Shakespeare and Indian cinema, the world’s largest cinema industry. We’ll be bringing together some of the most interesting minds working on Shakespeare today to establish what exactly is happening in India when it comes to the Bard – and what the Bard can tell us about India in turn. Below we have picked out several highlights. The complete itinerary can be downloaded here: Programme.  Tickets have sold out for Wednesday 27 April. To buy tickets for the other two days click here.

Shakepeare and Indian-Final Poster127 April 2016 

Talk – Shakespeare Meets Bollywood: The Bhardwaj Trilogy, 15.15 – 17:00

Join top Bollywood director Vishal Bhardwaj as he discusses his Indian Shakespeare trilogy Maqbool (2003) based on Macbeth, Omkara (2006) based on Othello and Haider (2014) based on Hamlet with his scriptwriters Abbas Tyrewala (Maqbool), Robin Bhatt (Omkara) and Basharat Peer (Haider). In an event chaired by Shakespeare expert Dr Varsha Panjwani, the four will discuss how they have been able to translate the 17th Century writings of Shakespeare into the context of contemporary India. London-based Dr Varsha Panjwani  lectures on Shakespeare, Drama, and Adaptation Studies at Fordham University (London) and Boston University (London), and is an honorary research associate at the University of York.

28 April 2016

Talk – The Hungry: The New Titus Andronicus, 13:30 – 15:00

Introducing some of the team behind The Hungry, the new Indian Titus Andronicus set to begin shooting later this year. Writer and academic Dr Preti Taneja will introduce the event, followed by a Q&A chaired by Film London Head of Talent Development and Production, Deborah Sathe. Come and meet Kurban Kassan (producer, Cinestaan), Briony Hanson (Head of Film, British Council) and Tessa Inkelaar (VP International Development Cinestaan), find out about the film’s ambitions and the place of Shakespeare on film in India-British relations. Hear more about the Microwave International production scheme and the development process which led to Film London and the British Council working with Cinestaan on this exciting UK/India co-production.

Workshop – The Merry Wives of Munnar: Shakespeare’s Love of Science, 13:30 – 15:00

Scriptwriter Carole Jahme, RSA fellow and winner of the 2012 Science and Technology Facilities Council Award for public engagement, will enact scenes from her new screenplay which sets Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor in Munnar, in Kerala, India. She will also lead a panel on Science, Shakespeare and India.

29 April 

Film Screening: Kaliyattam, 13:00 – 15:45

First shown in 1997, this acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello revolves around Kannan Perumalayan, a Theyyam artist who parallels Othello, and Thamara, the beautiful daughter of a village head in Kerala. The film went on to scoop up Best Actor for Suresh Gopi (Kannan) and Best Director for Jayaraaj at India’s National Film Awards. We will be joined by Jayaraaj, who will take part in a Q&A at the film’s end, led by Thea Buckley.

Tickets have sold out for Wednesday 27 April. To buy tickets for the other two days click here.

Download Programme here.

These events are presented in association with the project Indian Shakespeares on Screen set up by Thea Buckley, Koel Chatterjee, Dr Varsha Panjwani, Dr Preti Taneja






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