Hamlet goes Marathi

Feb 28, 2013, 01:24 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

Marathi theatre lovers can soon watch a desi version of Hamlet, directed by Madhav Vaze. The GUIDE chatted with the director about dabbling in experimental theatre

Shakespeare’s play Hamlet can now be experienced in Marathi thanks to Madhav Vaze’s adaptation that will be staged in the city in March. Vaze is a veteran actor who has worked in a lot of Marathi films and plays and also featured in the Bollywood film 3 Idiots.

Rehearsals of Hamlet 

“The experience of working with Aamir Khan was most enriching and satisfying,” says the child hero of the Acharya Atre-directed Marathi film, Shyamchi Aai, which had won the President’s Award in the 1950s. He is presently engrossed in directing the play Hamlet in Marathi which is based on the translated book by Parshuram Deshpande.

Evergreen theme
Hamlet is a play that never grows old as the problems mentioned in it are philosophical, physical and moral. Irrespective of time and space, these problems are the same even today and hence people can relate to Hamlet. We have decided to stage Hamlet and we didn’t have to change anything in it as it is contemporary in itself and there was no need to change it.

Language not easy
The language of the play is poetic and it was a struggle for the youngsters (most of the actors are aged between 20-30) to recite it. They had to work a lot on it. We also struggled with the short span of time we had to put the play together. We faced monetary pressures as well.

About serials
TV serials exploit youngsters a lot; there are no proper working hours. The importance of the script is taken over by jokes. Keeping up with the changing times  As times are changing, one should learn to adjust to it. People prefer plays of shorter duration as they don’t have time to sit for hours to see a play. That’s why short plays have come into fashion. We need to fight to preserve experimental theatre.  

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