Shakespeare is a genius and everyone knows that his plays have been played across the globe. Same way many of the bollywood adaptations of Shakespeare novel are blockbusters today.
1. The Tragedy of Macbeth
Tragedy of Macbeth was written in April 1611 was turned into a movie, Maqbool. The movie did fail in Box Office but there is no comparison when it comes to the story, direction and acting of talented actors like Pankaj Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri and Piyush Mishra.
2. The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice
This was written in 1603, starring Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Vivek Oberoi and Bipasha Basu. This was Vishal Bhardwaj’s second shakespeare adaptation after Maqbool. Unlike, Maqbool this one was a critical and commercial success.
3. Romeo and Juliet
Written in 1594, is one of the most popular and has inspired so many films like Bobby (1973), Ek Duje Ke Liye (1981), Sanam Teri Kasam (1982), Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak (1988), Saudagar (1991), Ishaqzaade (2012), Issaq (2013) and Ram Leela (2013).
4. The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Written in 1603, is tragedy that inspired none other than Vishal Bhardwaj to make an epic movie like Haider co- produced with Siddharth Roy Kapoor. Apart from a good film, the main lead Shahid Kapoor was well appreciated for his acting in this film.
5. The Comedy of Errors
This one is believed to be written in 1594 and had inspired literally six Indian movies, namely, Do Dooni Chaar (1968), Angoor (1982), Bhrantibilas (1963 Bengali Film), Ulta Palta (1997), Aamait Asal Eemait Kusal (2012 Tulu film) and Double Di Trouble (2014 Punjabi film).
6. The Merchant Of Venice
Zalim Saudagar (1941) is adaptation of this Shakespeare novel which was written between 1596 and 1598. The film is very difficult to obtain and few copies of it appear to exist.