Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas

Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas

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This book is the first to explore the rich archive of Shakespeare in Indian cinemas, including less familiar, Indian language cinemas to contribute to the assessment of the expanding repertoire of Shakespeare films worldwide. Essays cover mainstream and regional Indian cinemas such as the better known Tamil and Kannada, as well as the less familiar regions of the North Eastern states. The volume visits diverse filmic genres, starting from the earliest silent cinema, to diasporic films made for global audiences, television films, independent films, and documentaries, thus expanding the very notion of 'Indian cinema' while also looking at the different modalities of deploying Shakespeare specific to these genres. Shakespeareans and film scholars provide an alternative history of the development of Indian cinemas through its negotiations with Shakespeare focusing on the inter-textualities between Shakespearean theatre, regional cinema, performative traditions, and literary histories in India. The purpose is not to catalog examples of Shakespearean influence but to analyze the interplay of the aesthetic, historical, socio-political, and theoretical contexts in which Indian language films have turned to Shakespeare and to what purpose. The discussion extends from the content of the plays to the modes of their cinematic and intermedial translations. It thus tracks the intra-Indian flows and cross-currents between the various film industries, and intervenes in the politics of multiculturalism and inter/intraculturalism built up around Shakespearean appropriations. Contributing to current studies in global Shakespeare, this book marks a discursive shift in the way Shakespeare on screen is predominantly theorized, as well as how Indian cinema, particularly 'Shakespeare in Indian cinema' is more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138946923
  • 9781138946927

About Poonam Trivedi

Poonam Trivedi was Associate Professor in English at Indraprastha College, University of Delhi, India and is currently the vice-chair of the Asian Shakespeare Association. Paromita Chakravarti is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Jadavpur University, Calcutta, more

Table of contents

Introduction Poonam Trivedi and Paromita Chakravarti Part I. Indianising the Tragic 1. Popular Film and the Difficulties of Adapting the Shakespearean Tragedy M.K Raghavendra 2. Woman as Avenger: An Indian Turn to the Shakespearean Tragic in the Films of Vishal Bharadwaj Poonam Trivedi 3. Shakespeare Contextualized in Telegu Cinema: The Case of Gunasundari Katha Nishi Pulugartha 4. Shakespeare in Malayalam Cinema: Cultural Interface and Narrative Negotiations C.S. Venkiteswaran Part II. Critical Innovations: The Poetics of Silence and Rasa 5. Indian Silent Cinema and Shakespeare Amrit Gangar 6. Shakespeare, Cinema and Indian Poetics Anil Zankar Part III. Intertextualities 7. "Singing is Such Sweet Sorrow": Shakespeare's Star-crossed Lovers, from 1930s Hollywood to the Tamil Hit Film Ambikapathi Thea Buckley 8. Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: A Neglected Shakespeare Film Koel Chatterjee Part IV. Diasporic and Independant Cinema 9. Such a Long Journey: Rohinton Mistry's Parsi King Lear from Fiction to Film Preti Taneja 10. King Lear and the Quest for Bengali Identity: Second Generation, The Last Lear and Life Goes On Paromita Chakravarti 11. Hamara Avant-Garde: Shakespeare in Indian Independent Cinema Varsha Panjwani Part V. Regional Appropriations 12. Gendered Play and Regional Dialogue in Nanjundi Kalyana Mark Thornton Burnett 13. Shakespeare Appropriations in Tamil Cinema A. Mangai 14. Character in Universal Appeal: Shakespearean Themes in Assamese Cinema Parthajit Baruah Part VI. Interviews with Pankaj Butalia, director of the documentary Hamlet in Mizoram and Royston Abel, director of the play and the film In Othello Filmography of Shakespeare in Indian Cinemashow more