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Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Hamlet' adaptation to be set in Kashmir

Despite promising never to do a Shakespearean adaptation, Vishal Bhardwaj has revealed his next project will not only be a "re-imagining" of Hamlet but that the celebrated story about treachery, revenge and incest will also be set in strife-torn Kashmir.

The acclaimed director revealed the news at an interaction with the Indian Journalists Association at the Indian Club in London on Friday (30).

The as-yet-untitled project is in the final stages of scripting, Bhardwaj said, and will be released in 2014 to coincide with the Bard's 450th birth anniversary.

Bhardwaj's adaptation of Hamlet will be the filmmaker's third based on a Shakespearean tragedy, after 'Maqbool' (Macbeth) and 'Omkara' (Othello).

The unique locations chosen for both films played a major role in their success with the Mumbai underworld replacing Macbeth's Scotland and a bleak Uttar Pradesh village becoming the setting for Omkara's various intrigues. 

The Press Trust of India quoted Bhardwaj as saying: "I need a violent, political backdrop for `Hamlet`. Also, I believe that in the mainstream, we haven`t really made a film about what is happening in Kashmir."

Bhardwaj is in London as part of a celebration of his work by the South Asia Cinema Foundation (SACF) which will honour the director with a special award at a ceremony at the Nehru Centre on Saturday (31).

Past recipients of the SACF's 'Excellence in Cinema' Award have included Shyam Benegall and Gulzar.

Bhardwaj will also participate in a Q&A session after a special screening of Omkara at the British Film Institute on Sunday (1 Sept).



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