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Vishal Bharadwaj to cast Rajnikanth if he makes King Lear


Filmmaker Vishal Bharadwaj recently revealed that he would cast south superstar Rajnikanth if he ever makes a film on Shakespeare’s stories.  Bharadwaj is known for his successful adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Othello and Hamlet into Maqbool, Omkara and Haider.

During a film festival in Guwhati, Bharadwaj said, “Before making Haider, I had worked on the script of King Lear and visualized Rajnikanth in the lead role. He will be my first choice, if and when I decide to make the film.”

About his attempt to make movies on Shakespeare’s stories, he said, “…for my second film, I was looking for a story when I decided to make Omkara, an adaptation of Othello, and finally there was a pressure to make the third of the trilogy. Haider, the third in the trilogy, was a very difficult film for me. I was under pressure to ensure that the film matches up to the first two films and at the same time, I wanted to make a film in Kashmir against the backdrop of conflict.”

On crafting movies on Shakespeare’s comedies, he said, “I will not direct any films but will compose music for three films. I along with many of my well wishers feel that I have neglected my role as a music composer and for the next year, I am going to concentrate on music.”

Adding further he said that these days the filmmakers are crafting different kind of films and that the legacy of Satyajit Ray is not lost.

“Ray was a master story-teller and many of his stories can be made into great films,” said Bhardwaj.

The director who garnered fame for children films like Makdee and The Blue Umbrella, said that there are barely any films made on that genre.

“There is hardly any creative effort on the part of adults to make films for children and even films made by the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) are not commercially viable. This must change and we as members of the society must ensure that more such films are made and children get to see these in cinema halls,” he said.