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Indian decentrings of macbeth: Postmodern creativity in filmic adaptations by Vishal Bhardwaj and Jayaraj [Indiškieji makbeto perkeitimai: Postmodernusis kūrybiškumas Vishalo Bhardwajaus ir Jayarajaus filmų adaptacijose]
Published in VGTU
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Pages: 585 - 599
The never-ending contemporaneity of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is established by the experimental adaptations of the play that have transcended time and space. The filmic adaptations, in particular, have recontextualized the original dramatic text in several innovative ways. This paper sets out to analyse from certain postmodern angles the creative and innovative adaptation of a classic literary text from a Scottish setting to two completely different Indian settings (geographically, culturally and politically) and also from 16th century Scotland, United Kingdom to two different time periods in India – Maqbool (director Vishal Bhardwaj, 2003) being a reimagination of Macbeth set in the 21st century underworld of Mumbai, India and Veeram (director Jayaraj, 2016) being an attempt to link the play with 13th century Kerala, India. The transmutations occur at multiple levels and this lends new interpretations to the text in two entirely different temporal and spatial contexts, though both of these adaptations are Indian. © 2020 The Author(s).
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