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Second Indian Hamlet adaptation films in the UK and India

Shahid Kapoor as Hamlet in HaiderWilliam Shakespeare’s tragedy play Hamlet is to be remade as an Indian film, directed by filmmaker Onir and starring UK actress Wendy Glenn.

Onir’s upcoming feature Veda is currently shooting in Manchester in the UK, before moving to Stratford Upon Avon (the playwright’s birthplace) and India.

The film is funded by Mumbai-based Vistaar Religare Film Fund, which has recently invested in a new post-production facility based in Manchester, set up in order to become “a hub for Indian filmmakers” using the UK as a location.

WSG Pictures’s Bhavna Talwar produces the film, which is set for an autumn release.

Glenn, who thus far has had relatively minor roles in various film and television productions, such as CSI and Reunion, is playing Hamlet’s mother Gertrude.

This is not the first time the British playwright’s Hamlet has been adapted by an Indian filmmaker. Last year filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj released his feature Haider, which starred the very popular Shahid Kapoor (see picture) as the title character. Haider was set in Kashmir.

Onir’s directing credits include the film Nikhil, My Brother in which a famous swimmer deals with the repercussions of announcing the fact that he has HIV/AIDS.