SHAKESPEARE

  • New song 'Aao na' from Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' is a great mix of moving lyrics and modern pulsating beats August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: This will make your Wednesday afternoon a little brighter. The first song for the eagerlyanticipated Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' was released yesterday on YouTube. The song, titled 'Aao na' has been composed and sung by Vishal Dadlani. The lyrics have been penned by Gulzar. The latest film in the...
  • 'Haider': From dark themes to spinechilling acting, here are 5 reasons why we're looking forward to the film July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: It is finally here. 'Haider', an adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' is the third in the series by noted filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj. Boasting of a brilliant star cast that includes Shahid Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor, the film is set against the backdrop of modernday Kashmir....
  • Watch: 'Haider' trailer shows Shahid Kapoor consumed with revenge July 8, 2014

    The latest film in the Shakespeare influenced trilogy by filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj, the first trailer for 'Haider' was released today. Featuring an impressive starcast including Shahid Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor, the film is an adaptation of Bard's 'Hamlet', and set to hit the theatres on October...
  • Should Shakespeare's language be blamed for social stigma associated with imperfect skin? July 2, 2014

    Shakespeare may be partly to blame for the social stigma associated with disfiguring skin conditions, experts say. Plays written by the Bard of Avon contain insults that refer to skin blemishes and scarring, reflecting an Elizabethan obsession with flawless complexions, experts said. They argue that Shakespeare's language has helped to perpetuate negative...
  • 'Gone Girl' author Gillian Flynn signed up to write a novel based on 'Hamlet' May 31, 2014

    London: American novelist Gillian Flynn, author of the bestselling "Gone Girl", will write a novel based on Shakespeare's "Hamlet" for a series commissioned by The Hogarth Press employing contemporary writers to reinterpret the Bard's plays. Hogarth announced this week that Flynn had been recruited for its "Hogarth Shakespeare" project which will...
  • Scans reveal Britain's Richard III not a 'bunchbacked toad' as depicted by Shakespeare May 30, 2014

    The Shakespearean depiction of notorious British king Richard III as a "bunchbacked toad" is a "complete fabrication", according to results of scans of the monarch's recentlydiscovered skeleton that were published Friday. Scientists said the scans showed that Richard's spine has a "wellbalanced curve" that could have been hidden under clothes or...
  • Jo Nesbo to retell William Shakespeare's Macbeth in new novel January 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Jo Nesbo, the famous crime writer whose thrilling Harry Hole novels are a worldwide bestseller, has been commissioned by Hogarth Press for the retelling of one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies. The tenth of the Harry Hole thrillers, Police is Nesbo's most recently released novel. The nailbiting, attentiongripping...
  • 'Shakespeare in Kabul' is repetitive but deserves a dekko September 18, 2013

    To say "Afghans don't do tragedy", after having witnessed three decades of war and subjugation as a society and continuing to suffer, is to say that the Afghans have a darn good sense of humour. And that's exactly what sticks in Stephen Landrigan's, a former American journalist, and Qais Akbar...
  • Watch: Vishal Bhardwaj turning back to Shakespeare for his next film September 5, 2013

    After 'Maqbool' and 'Omkara', filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is turning back to Shakespeare again. He is adapting 'Hamlet' on the big screen and this one is tentatively titled as 'Haidar'. Set in Kashmir, the film will star Shahid Kapoor in the lead and he is expected to don a new look...
  • Shakespeare's school enrolls girl students for first time September 3, 2013

    The British all-boys school that famed English playwright William Shakespeare attended has opened its doors to girls for the first time in its 460-year history. Over 30 girls have started the September term taking their A-levels at King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon. More than 200 girls from 38 different schools...
  • Vishal Bhardwaj to set Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' in Kashmir September 1, 2013

    London: Filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj has revealed plans to set his next film based on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' in strife-torn Kashmir. The film is in its final stages of scripting and set for release in 2014 to coincide with the 450th birth anniversary celebrations of the world famous English playwright. "I need a...
  • 'Issaq' Tweet Review: Poor screenplay and editing hampers the film July 26, 2013

    New Delhi: Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' has been adapted quite a few times in Bollywood. This time round, director Manish Tiwary gives the famous love story his own interpretation and shifts the story to the ancient town of Varanasi. The film's main protagonist are played by relative newcomers. While Pratiek is...
  • I have learnt a lot from the directors I have worked with: Ravi Kishan July 23, 2013

    Bhojpuri superstar Ravi Kishan's two Hindi films 'Bajaatey Raho' and 'Issaq' will release on July 26. While 'Bajaatey Raho' is a revenge comedy, 'Issaq' is a desi adaptation of William Shakespeare's play 'Romeo and Juliet'. Actor Ravi Kishan joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on his upcoming movies...
  • Prateik hopes 'Issaq' proves to be his turning point July 13, 2013

    Mumbai: Actor Prateik believes that the muchawaited turning point of his life can come with his upcoming release 'Issaq'. "Turning point of my life hasn't come yet. If you (audience) help me, then that turning point will come with 'Issaq'," the 26yearold said while addressing a young crowd at a college...
  • Was Shakespeare a taxdodging food hoarder? April 1, 2013

    London: Bad Bard! William Shakespeare was repeatedly dragged before the courts and fined for illegally hoarding food during times of shortage, and even threatened with jail for evading his taxes, a new study on the famous English playwright has claimed. "There was another side to Shakespeare besides the brilliant playwright...
  • Reading Shakespeare may help autistic kids communicate better March 31, 2013

    Washington: Teaching strategies based on texts by English poet and playwright William Shakespeare may boost communication and socialising skills in autistic kids, scientists say. Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Nisonger Center are allowing children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to study with the university's student actors who...
  • Shakespeare's works now in Punjabi March 6, 2013

    Mohali: It took a retired history professor two decades of meticulous effort to bring William Shakespeare closer to Punjab. Eighty-two-year Surjit Hans has finally translated all the works, including 38 plays, of the 16th century Bard of Avon into Punjabi. Hans, who taught history at Amritsar's Guru Nanak Dev University and...
  • Reading Shakespeare, Wordsworth can boost morale January 14, 2013

    London: Reading writers like Shakespeare and Wordsworth can give a 'rocketboost' to your morale and provide better therapy than selfhelp books, a study of the human brain has found. Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that serious literature catches the reader's attention and triggers moments of selfreflection. Using scanners, scientists...
  • '10 ML Love': A Shakespearean adaptation November 28, 2012

    It's yet another Shakespearean adaptation to be churned out of tinsel town '10 ML Love' that's inspired by the Bard's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. Love makes the world go around and a love potion makes the title of this film, '10 ML Love'. It is a tale of magic and madness,...
  • '10 ml Love' will attract audiences: Tisca Chopra November 27, 2012

    Mumbai: Actress Tisca Chopra will soon be seen in '10 ml Love', a film based on a William Shakespeare classic. She says the quirky title will draw viewers to theatres. "It is a comedy based on one of Shakespeare's fabulous works, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. The unusual title of the...
  • Giving Indian language writers their place under the sun October 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Come November and Delhi will turn into an intellectual delight for readers who like to immerse their souls into the rustic writings of India and its multiple languages. A festival that celebrates Indian writings and their very own Shakespeares and Spencers is returning to the capital for a...
  • Ishaqzaade: Why RomeoJuliet inspires filmmakers May 16, 2012

    New Delhi: When I was watching 'Ishaqzaade', the first thing that crossed my mind was 'Oh God, not another RomeoJuliet story!' Why is it that centuries later Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet still sounds alluring to filmmakers? Romeo and Juliet in a nutshell is the story of two young starcrossed lovers whose...
  • Thai film based on Shakespeare's Macbeth banned April 4, 2012

    Bangkok: A Thai film, based on a well known Shakespeare's play, has been banned by censors on the grounds that its content may cause disunity among the people. 'Shakespeare Tong Tai' (Shakespeare Must Die) directed by Ing K and Manit Sriwanichpoom is reportedly the first Thai rendition of Macbeth, a...
  • Pranab quotes Hamlet during Budget 2012 speech March 16, 2012

    New Delhi: When it comes to quoting from literary masterpieces in budget speeches, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday made a quantum leap to quote the great modernera playwright Shakespeare, after invoking words of ancient Indian economist Kautilya at least thrice in the past. "I must be cruel only to be...
  • Friday Release: 'Coriolanus' is a bloody reminder January 20, 2012

    Berlin: At a time when revolution is once again in the air around the world, Ralph Fiennes delivers a ferocious reminder of the perils in store when a warrior becomes the head of state. He directs and stars in 'Coriolanus' as William Shakespeare's Rambo, an invincible soldier who survives odds so...
  • 'Shakespeare In Love' to become play October 23, 2011

    London: British playwright Tom Stoppard has teamed up with Disney studio bosses to adapt his Oscarwinning 1998 romantic comedy 'Shakespeare in Love' script into a play. Stoppard, who shared the best screenplay Oscar award with Marc Norman for 'Shakespeare In Love', will revamp the screenplay for the stage, reports Variety magazine. No...
  • The Tempest 'was intended as a musical' August 22, 2011

    London: William Shakespeare's final stage masterpiece, The Tempest, was intended as a musical, according to a leading theatre director. The Tempest first performed in November 1611 is sprinkled with so many songs and melodic phrases that it clear that the playwright intended it to be read to music,...
  • Oxford academic finds 'tantalising' clue to Ophelia June 9, 2011

    London: An Oxford academic has found a 'tantalising' link between Shakespeare's tragic heroine Ophelia and a reallife girl who died at the age of two in 1569, when the Bard would have been around five years old. Admitting his discovery could be pure coincidence, Steven Gunn of the university's Faculty of...
  • Oriental Shakespeare, Ravi Shankar at Edinburgh March 24, 2011

    Edinburgh: The EIF, running from Aug. 12 to Sept. 4, combines with the Fringe and the city's International Book Festival and military tattoo to offer the world's biggest annual extravaganza of the arts. Mills unveiled the EIF programme on Wednesday in what he called "an attempt to make very mainstream the...
  • Book Talk: Three sisters in a house of Shakespeare March 17, 2011

    These three heroines of Eleanor Brown's debut novel, "The Weird Sisters," grew up in a house dominated by their professor father, who specializes in Shakespeare studies, named his girls for Shakespearean heroines and communicates sometimes hilariously, often cryptically through Shakespeare quotations. Written in a mix of collective voice "we"...