This month marks 400 years of Shakespeare, and I thought to write about something with a twist. William Shakespeare‘s histories, tragedies, and comedies have inspired countless acclaimed adaptations but there are also some which you don’t have the slightest idea about and they owe the Brad their mighty thanks. So, here’s a list of 6 movies you didn’t know were based on Shakespeare’s plays:
1. 10 Things I hate about you – ‘ The Taming Of The Shrew‘.
All it took was singing 4 lines of ‘Cant take my eyes off you‘ with that charismatic body language and a cheeky grin from Heath Ledger (it’s a diff story it’s just hard to take eyes off him) to convince ladies from all over that maybe,just maybe being tamed isn’t the worst thing in the world. Okay, you don’t have to search for the song, I have embedded it right here. (yeah..I know.. Welcome ;))
2. The Lion King – Hamlet
Take Shakespeare’s most famous play about a prince(Simba) taking back the throne from his manipulative, conniving, murderous uncle(Scar), after the death of his father(Mufasa) ==> add the pitch perfect Savanna creatures replacing Africa for Denmark ==> add the wildebeest scene ….. and there you have it ==> The Lion King. Hamlet with a happy ending. #LifeIsSoGoodSometimes.
3. She’s the man – Twelfth Night
Before he was Magic Mike or trying to remind his wife that he’s her husband, Channing Tatum was a simple soccer player pursuing a girl, who was indeed pursuing another girl, Amanda Bynes who was dressed as a guy, a guy in love with Channing Tatum. Talk about #SimplerTimes. Although the movie was not a memorable one as the source material, Shakespeare really can’t be blamed for that!
4. Warm Bodies – Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s works are generally categorized to histories, tragedies, and romance, but the team behind this movie was really up for a challenge. You see two star-crossed lovers, Nicholas Hoult as R – a Zombie while Julie – a human but is a Scavenger in a futuristic world. Talk about #ForbiddenLove. It’s just Romeo and Juliet, just with Zombies and better considering the reviews.
5. Maqbool – Macbeth
Vishal Bharadwaj is one of our finest film-makers and his brilliant craftsmanship is apparent with his adaptation of Shakespeare’s plays like Othello – Omkara, Hamlet -Haider, but that’s known to everyone. Whereas the lesser known fact is his widely-applauded movie, Maqbool is a mafia-based adaption of Macbeth. The movie is said to be as audacious as it is ambitious and with striking performances from Pankaj Kapur, Irfan Khan, and Tabu.
6. Angoor – A Comedy Of Errors
Bharadwaj’s fascination with the Brad might have really something to do with his mentor Gulzar who is also fascinated by many of Shakespeare’s plays.
Gulzar has written Do Dooni char, an adaptation of a Bengali film Bhranti Bilas, based on the Shakespearean play, starring Kishore Kumar. It didn’t come out as good, though.
14 years later, Gulzar both wrote and directed Angoor, another Bhranti Bilas adaptation, starring Sanjeev Kumar. As fine a farce can be, this turned out to be a comedy for the generations to remember.
That be all of the movies based on Shakespeare’s plays. Until next time…. XOXO…