Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider (his Hamlet adaptation)

Article and link to film song videos at http://www.firstpost.com/bollywood/watch-bismil-angsty-shahid-and-arabic-music-make-this-haider-song-a-treat-1674665.html

The writer comments:
Gulzar's lyric, richly embellished with tantalising symbols and innuendo, reflect the story of Haider (which is an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet). The song seems to be Bharadwaj's interpretation of the famous play within the play in the original Hamlet. It marks the point at which Hamlet, and perhaps Haider, transforms from being conflicted and undecided to committed to the idea of avenging the injustice meted out to his father.
At the crux of Hamlet is a young prince grappling with the knowledge that his uncle and mother have conspired to kill his father. In the song, Gulzar's lyrics, (Ik joda tha nar-maada ka,  Bholi thi bulbul, nar saada tha) recreate some of Shakespeare's most memorable lines from the play and show how Haider sees his uncle (played by KK Menon).

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