Bard's work in desi style

Friday, 15 February 2013 - 8:30am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Sharat Katariya's play is an urban Indian take on William Shakepeare's famous play.

William Shakepeare has inspired many, and his plays till today are a treat to a thespian’s imagination. Add a dash of Indian flavour to them, and a delicious recipe both for mind and eyes is ready.

In his directorial debut Sharat Katariya, who started out as an assistant director to Rajat Kapoor during the making of Raghu Romeo, brings out a heady mix of love, lust and desire, but in a lighter tone. Set against the backdrop of your everyday world, 10ml Love — a contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — is a light-hearted romantic comedy concerning the tribulations of a love quadrangle during a night of madness.

“The film is a funny take on romance and the city life. I wanted to make a funny movie, with a lot of magic and fancy.After reading Midsummer’s Night Dream, I knew I had to adapt it,” says Sharat.
But how was adapting the Shakespearian play into a screenplay, to this the writer-director says, “The adaptation was bit of a task. There are so many stories in the play. There is chaos, magic elements and a lot of romance. A lot had to be shown in 90 minutes, it was not easy.”

In his adaptation of Midsummer’s Night Dream, the story remains the same as the original. Mini loves Neel, who loves Shweta, who loves Peter. Enter the quintessential druid, Ghalib, with a concoction that promises to solve all their problems. Their various emotional, intellectual and sexual entanglements are brought to the surface by Ghalib’s misguided meddling. But what happens when Ghalib’s secret potion falls into the wrong hands? The cast of the movie includes Rajat Kapoor, Tisca Chopra, Purab Kohli, Koel Purie, Tara Sharma, Neil Bhoopalam, Manu Rishi and Rasika Dugal.

“The story was fascinating. We always want to help aspiring filmmakers, and as Sharat’s work is inspired by literature, I was happy to work on it,” says Sunil Doshi, producer of the movie.

Sharat has worked on Bheja Fry 1 and 2 and  has also penned the dialogues for director Rituparno Ghosh’s Sunglass. He has also co-written Titli with Dibakar Banerjee. Currently he is working on his directorial venture with Rajat Kapoor, Konkana Sen and Vinay Pathak.

There are so many stories in the play. There is chaos, magic elements and a lot of romance — Sharat Katariya, writer-director said.

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