Rajnikanth would be first choice for role of ‘King Lear’ says Bhardwaj

Vastavam web: Superstar Rajnikanth would be the first choice for the role of King Lear if Vishal Bharadwaj decides to make a fourth film on Shakespeare’s tragedies.Bhardwaj has successfully adapted Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, “Othello” and “Hamlet” into “Maqbool”, “Omkara” and “Haider”.Asked why he chose Shakespeare’s tragedies to make his signature films, the filmmaker said that while “Maqbool” was an accident, the other two films were his attempt to complete the trilogy.
“For my second film, I was looking for a story when I decided to make ‘Omkara’, an adaptation of ‘Othello’, and finally there was a pressure to make the third of the trilogy.” Next on Bhardwaj’s wishlist is a trilogy of Shakespeare’s comedies but there is nothing on the horizon as of now.”I will not direct any films but will compose music for three films. I along with many of my well wishers feel that I have neglected my role as a music composer and for the next year, I am going to concentrate on music.”
Asked whether the legacy of filmmakers like Satyajit Ray was now lost, Bhardwaj said that was not true as a generation of filmmakers have emerged watching his films and “many different kinds of films are being made”.The director, who made his debut with the children’s film “Makdee” and went on to make “The Blue Umbrella”, regretted that hardly any films were being made exclusively for children.”There is hardly any creative effort on the part of adults to make films for children and even films made by the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) are not commercially viable,” he said.