Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas :
1st Edition

Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas
"Local Habitations"

ISBN 9781138946927
Published August 6, 2018 by Routledge
358 Pages

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Book Description

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 understood.

Table of Contents

Introduction Poonam Trivedi and Paromita Chakravarti

Part I. Indigenising the Tragic

1. Woman as Avenger: ‘Indianising’ the Shakespearean Tragic in the Films of Vishal Bhardwaj   Poonam Trivedi

2. Eklavya: Shakespeare Meets the Mahabharata   Robert S White

3. Reworking Shakespeare in Telugu Cinema: King Lear to Gunasundari Katha   Nishi Pulugartha

4. Shakespeare in Malayalam Cinema: Cultural and Mythic Interface, Narrative Negotiations   C.S. Venkiteswaran

5. ‘Where art thou Muse that thou forget’st so long,/To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?’: Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988) – A Neglected Shakespeare Film   Koel Chatterjee

Part II. Critical Innovations: Historiography of Silence and Poetics of Rasa

6. The Indian ‘Silent’ Shakespeare: Recouping an Archive   Amrit Gangar

7. Shakespeare, Cinema and Indian Poetics   Anil Zankar

Part III. Between the Global and the Local

8. Such a Long Journey: Rohinton Mistry’s Parsi King Lear from Fiction to Film Preti Taneja

9. Cinematic Lears and Bengaliness: Locus, Identity, Language   Paromita Chakravarti

10. Shakespeare and Indian Independent Cinema: 8 × 10 Tasveer and 10ml Love   Varsha Panjwani

11. "Singing is Such Sweet Sorrow": Ambikapathi, Hollywood Shakespeare and Tamil Cinema’s Hybrid Heritage   Thea Buckley

Part IV. Reimagining Gender, Region and Nation

12. Gendered Play and Regional Dialogue in Nanjundi Kalyana   Mark Thornton Burnett

13. Not the Play but the Playing: Citation of Performing Shakespeare as a Trope in Tamil Cinema   A. Mangai

14. Indianising The Comedy of Errors: Bhranti Bilash and Its Aftermaths   Amrita Sen

15. Regional Reflections: Shakespeare in Assamese Cinema   Parthajit Baruah

Part V. Interviews

Part VI. Filmography

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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, India.