Just a week and you will be part of the official Valentine’s Day madness. And as you hum the Beatles, ‘love is old/love is new/love is all/love is you’, you cannot help but think about some of the brilliant adaptations of the Bard’s creations. The Bard has penned some of the timeless classics on love and a number of storytellers have adapted these stories; some were brilliant while others failed miserably. Let’s talk about 5 brilliant adaptations which should top your list of must-watch on Valentine’s Day.
Let’s begin with our own desi master storyteller, Vishal Bharadwaj. Omkara, a brillaint adaptation is not only famous for the story but also for its soulful music. The entire story is set against the rustic UP background where Othello takes the form of enigmatic, yet ruthless Omkara and Desdemona becomes Dolly Mishra. A local politician cum hooligan, a fight for the right hand position, an envious and jealous Langra Tyagi, a deadly plot and a suspicious lover and an innocent love story which struggles to survive amidst all these; Omkara makes a great movie which will retain its magic in ages to come.
Maybe, this movie is not great, but if you are talking about Shakespearean adaptations, ‘She’s the Man’ follows the Bard to the tee. The slapstick humour and the gender swapping thing works fine for the audience who love quirky things. Plus, the teenage element has been the saving grace for this movie.
One of the most well-made and popular adaptations of Shakespeare has to be 10 Things I Hate about You. This has a classic storyline where the girl is a badass and the boy makes a bet that he can win over her. But unfortunately, the boy falls in love with the girl and trouble ensues. A classic teen drama, this is one adaptation which had the talented Heath Ledger as the male protagonist.
And of course, you cannot discuss about the Bard without talking about Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s opulent Raam-Leela. Romeo Juliet is placed in war-stricken Gujarat where two of the ring leaders are fighting for supremacy, one played by the brilliant Supriya Pathak Kapoor. And of course, who could forget the sizzling chemistry of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh? Audience will remember this movie because of the amazing songs and larger-than-life sequences which of course bear the signature trademark of Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
Well this adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy cannot be called brilliant in comparison with the others, but nevertheless it made an effort. Based on the romantic comedy of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 10 ml love includes heavyweight actors like Rajat Kapoor, Neil Bhoopalam, Tara Sharma, Koel Purie and Manu Rishi. However, this directorial debut by Sharat Katariya sticks to Shakespearean basics throughout the movie. And if you have not read the book, you will love this movie.