Monday, October 27, 2014

16 | 25 October 2014

Bollywood is back at the Rome Film Festival: the celebrated Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj to present Haider and walk the red carpet with star Shahid Kapoor,
along with dances and choreographies to the sounds of the film’s score

Bhardwaj meets the Festival audience and is the protagonist of an onstage conversation on “Shakespeare and Cinema” at the Teatro Argentina

Bollywood takes another bow at the Rome Film Festival: today, Friday October 24th, at 9:30pm, the Festival hosts the premiere of Haider, the new film from Vishal Bhardwaj, Indian writer-director-producer as well as composer and singer, renowned for his masterful and innovative screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays. Maqbool (2003) was based on “Macbeth” and Omkara (2006) on “Othello”; the two, which met with critical and popular acclaim in India and abroad, make up the first two parts of the trilogy which concludes with Haider, based on “Hamlet”.

The film, which will be screened in the Sala Sinopoli at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, features an impressive cast of Bollywood stars: Shahid Kapoor, honored at the Filmfare Awards, the Indian film industry’s most important accolades; and Tabu, considered one of the best actresses in Hindi cinema today, who has won the prestigious National Film Award for many of her film roles, and also starred in The Namesake, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

It’s going to be a crowded red carpet at 9 p.m. as Vishal Bhardwaj and Shahid Kapoor file down the aisle with the dance troupe “BollyMasala Dance Company”, which specializes in Bollywood dance. The troupe, directed by Ambili Abraham, a dancer and choreographer for Cinematic dance and a Bollywood dance icon in Italy since 2000, will sway to the rhythms of the film’s soundtrack. The film has already met with overwhelming success in India, a hit with audiences and critics alike.

Earlier in the day, at 6 p.m., Vishal Bhardwaj will be at the Teatro Argentina for a talk with the Festival audience devoted to “Shakespeareand Cinema”. The conversation will take place in the Sala Squarzina, which hosted the screenings of Maqbool and Omkara last Monday. The Indian filmmaker will be dialoguing with theater critic Attilio Scarpellini and directors Andrea Baracco and Veronica Cruciani, who have already devoted two stage productions to “Hamlet”.

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October 16-25, 2014

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