Many films from different languages have tried adapting the plays of Shakespeare. While some of them turned out to be successful, certain others flopped badly.
Up to some extent, Malayalam movies and the industry have best
explored the possibilities of cinematic versions of Shakespearean
With Jayaraj's Veeram, which is all set to hit the
theatres on February 24, 2016, Mollywood is all set to witness the
cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare's much popular play,
In fact, Veeram is a mix of Shakespeare's Macbeth and
the story of Chanthu, from the Vadakkan Paattu.
On this note, we take you through some of the Malayalam movies,
which were inspired by certain plays of William Shakespeare. Read
Kaliyattam - Othello
This has to be the best among the lot. The film was a direct
adaptation of William Shakespeare's play Othello with the
film being set around the life of a Theyyam artist. Suresh Gopi,
portrayed the lead role in this film, of the character named Kannan
Thirumalayan. Manju Warrier played Thamara, a character that
resembles Desdemona from the original play.
Kannaki - Antony & Cleopatra
Kannaki, directed by Jayaraj was loosely based on the
play Antony & Cleopatra, which is considered to be one of the
most intense and complex plays of William Shakespeare. In its
adaptation in Malayalam, Jayaraj casted Nandita Das as the main
female lead and Lal as the male lead. The film received wide
critical acclaim for its making style and performances.
Karmayogi – Hamlet
The story of Prince Hamlet and his revenge upon his uncle
Claudius, will definitely feature among the best works of William
Shakespeare. Malayalam film-maker V K Prakash tried his hands at
the cinematic version of the play with the film Karmayogi.
Indrajith played the lead role in this movie, playing a character
named Rudran Gurukkal.
Annayum Rasoolum – Romeo And Juliet
Romeo And Juliet, one of the most loved and talked
about plays of William Shakespeare has had many cinematic
adaptations. Such is the popularity that this love story holds. In
Malayalam, the film Annayum Rasoolum, directed by Rajeev
Ravi was loosely inspired from this play, with Fahadh Faasil and
Andrea Jeremiah stepping in to the shoes of the lead
Interestingly, it is film-maker Jayaraj who has made the best
use of the master's plays. With films like Kaliyattam and Kannaki,
the director has already set standards.
Hence, his upcoming film Veeram, is definitely high on expectations. The movie, which features Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor in the lead role, is expected to create the same magic as that of the director's previous movies.