2003

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0521  Tuesday, 18 March 2003

From:           Richard Burt <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 17 Mar 2003 11:20:59 -0500
Subject: 14.0509 Bollywood Shakespop
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0509 Bollywood Shakespop

I've seen the film, and, in my view, the few Shakespeare references
don't save this rather horrible, entirely formulaic film.  Though made
in Canada, the film uses what is basically an American sit-com plot.
Bollywood films of the past decade or so have been deservedly trashed by
film critics (see the article by M Rao in the current Film Comment).
Reviews of Bollwood / Hollywood have, as far as I know all been
(justifiably) negative. I had thought of showing it to my Shakespeare
class, but it is so bad I couldn't imagine inflicting it on them.  I'll
show them 1942: A Love Story instead (it has lots of Romeo and Juliet in
it and is a decent film.)

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