Shakespeare in Louww

Due Apologies to the non-Tamil crowd. This post may not make sense to you. But you can participate in the contest though.

Final Update: Bikerdude, Farkandfunk and Ramsu win the contest. Please send me an email with your address, and a pathbreaking CD containing groundbreaking music shall be shipped to you.

I saw this on Anantha’s blog and it got me thinking. What if we superimpose Madras Bashai (The holy, exalted, pure and divine tongue of the wise citizens of Chennai) on Shakespeare? Click on the title links to see the original scenes.

King Lear

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Hamlet

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Julius Caesar

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On a serious note, my personal favourite part of this speech is when Antony is overcome by tears in between and he says “Bear with me, my heart is in the coffin there with Caesar and I must pause till it come back to me”. If that isn’t eloquence, tell me what is.

On a frivolous note, here’s the contest. There’s 2 parts.

Part 1. Desi (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu or Malayalam) dialogue (can be both filmy as well as original dialogue) superimposed on famous Shakespearean scene

Part 2. Shakespearean dialogue superimposed on famous desi movie scene.

Upload your entries to your blogs and paste the link in the comments section. If you do not have a blog, email your entry to me. My email address is krishashok [at] gmail [dot] com. Winning entries will get an mp3 CD featuring Bappi Lahiri’s greatest album of all time – Rock Dancer.

And to make this a little more challenging, only entries that do not rely on humour targeting specific individuals, groups or risque references will be considered.

Update: We have responses, and what responses they are! Bikerdude, Ramsu and Farkandfunk have gotten their creative juices flowing like the Yangtze river in spate.

Here are some. Go through the entire comments thread though. If you belong to this select lucky group of Indians who love Shakespeare and desi kitsch equally, you will enjoy this immensely.

Ramsu gives us a few more scenes from R&J, including this Blockbuster Balcony scene featuring Bappi da.

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(original: What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d )

Farkandfunk spices up Romeo and Benvolio with someT-Rajendar style rhyming dialogue.

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And one of my favourites. The Three Witches meet Macbeth,

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Bikerdude brings us some God’s own flavour,

KuttigaLey, pattigaLey,
MaakrigaLey, peerkrigaLey..
Ningakku ichchiriyengilum puththiyunda dei
Pombey chaettane polum arinjoodey?
Ninda montheykku orotta kuththu kuththiyaalundallaa..

You blocks, you stones,
you worse than senseless things!
O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
Knew you not Pompey? (Julius Ceasar 1.1.39)
Translated to Trivandrum Malayalam circa 2007

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  1. Here you go

    KuttigaLey, pattigaLey,
    MaakrigaLey, peerkrigaLey..
    Ningakku ichchiriyengilum puththiyunda dei
    Pombey chaettane polum arinjoodey?
    Ninda montheykku orotta kuththu kuththiyaalundallaa..

    You blocks, you stones,
    you worse than senseless things!
    O you hard hearts, you cruel men of Rome,
    Knew you not Pompey? (Julius Ceasar 1.1.39)
    Translated to Trivandrum Malayalam circa 2007 ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Ya chee! Per-la inna keedhu?
    Koovathukku per maathinaa gabbu adikkaadhaa inna?
    Adhu pola, Romeo-kku per maathhinaalum avan porampokku budhdhi maaraadhu.

    — R & J, Act II, Scene 2

  3. Maamu, Romeo-va konjam ittaandu va.
    Avan puttukinapparom, avana thundu pottu bajji panni viththa
    Oore Marina beach-ande koodum,
    Beasant Nagar beach-ula ee kaaka irukkaadhu.

    The original version (Act III, Scene 2) was more romantic and less Sweeney Todd, of course:

    Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
    Give me my Romeo. And when he shall die,
    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so
    That all the world will be in love with night
    And pay no worship to the garish sun.

    Incidentally, this is one of my favourite plays, simply for the poetry of the language. Claire Danes’ rendition of this soliloquy was one of the few memorable moments in the Baz Luhrmann version.

    More to come later. Gotta get back to work.

  4. Ellaathayum pottu oru kalakku kalakku…

    — To be rendered a la Janakaraj, more specifically like Mayilsaamy in Sirippo Sirippu

    The original, of course, being:

    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

  5. Here’s one that combines your post and Anantha’s:

    Insert picture of a victorious English team holding the 2005 Ashes, preferably with Michael Vaughan in the forefront.

    The caption reads:

    Now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this son of York. (Richard III)

    For all I know, someone in the English press has done this already. Seems likely.

  6. My apologies for multiple postings: this is quite an inspiring topic. Not to mention the fact that I’m getting a bit bored with work right now.

    Would you also consider variations on Part 1, such as the possibility of Petruchio singing Eei aatha aathoramaa vaariyaa to Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew?

  7. Whoa. This is awesome. Let me see if I can squeeze some photoshop time to convert your entries into images

    //Would you also consider variations on Part 1, such as the possibility of Petruchio singing Eei aatha aathoramaa vaariyaa to Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew?

    Absolutely. The contest works both ways.

  8. Even for a guy like me who is alien to the great literary works of ‘Seshadri Iyer’ except ‘Romeo & Juliet’ as it was made into a crappy movie starring Leanardo deCaprio.

    The comments in this post have been fantabulous. bikerdude, ramsu, farkandfunk take a bow!

  9. Thanks, folks!

    Here are a few more, this time involving the use of film music at crucial junctures:

    1. Romeo & Juliet: Instead of quietly drinking the potion and faking death for a while, have Juliet lock herself up in her room and soulfully sings Nee enge… enn anbe…. while the other Capulets frantically try to break down the door. Of course, before they get through, she drinks the potion and the story proceeds as before.

    2. More R&J: Introduce Romeo singing and dancing to Jab bhi koi ladki dekhoon mera dil deewana bole… Ole ole ole, just to establish his credentials as a womanizer, before having him meet Juliet and “reform” into a monogamous sort of guy. You could even set the song in Spain.

    3. Hamlet: How Shakespeare got away without having an item number in Claudius’ court, I will never understand. But having some local Danish hottie (maybe Helen Christensen’s ancestor) gyrate to Babuji zara dheere chalo, and suddenly have it interrupted by Hamlet standing in the doorway, unshaven and distraught, singing i>Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai… that would be a nice touch, I think. ‘Tis wondrous strange, I know, but like the man himself said, there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies.

    4. Twelfth Night: Have Viola and Sebastian sing Yaadon ki baaraat at multiple junctures.

    5. King Lear: Have Goneril and Regan sing O mere Papa the Great in chorus, while Cordelia looks on in disgust.

    6. Hamlet: A bit of an oldie, this one. Have Ophelia sing Maalai pozhudin mayakkathile naan kanavu kandein thozhi.

    7. Julius Caesar: When Brutus dies, have Vaanam thottu pona maanamulla saami play in the background. Or Ullathil nalla ullam from Karnan. You could do this when Hamlet dies as well. Maybe use the latter for Hamlet, given how Horatio says something about a noble heart cracking, and the former for Brutus, given how Anthony talks of him being the noblest Roman of them all.

    8. The Merchant of Venice: Not a song this time. Have Shylock use Rajni’s dialogue from his showdown with Sarath Kumar in Annamalai, vowing revenge on him for his misdeeds.

    9. One final R &J suggestion: Have Bappi Lahiri croon Lovers… Night lovers in the background in the famous balcony scene.

    KA>> Please note that, in compliance with your conditions, I have not put in any Himes-bhai songs.

  10. Ramsu, Bikerdude and Farkandfunk,
    I am Janakaraj’s assistant peering through the Hubble space telescope, seeing you guys as small distant specks, going “Saars. Engyoooo poiteenga”

  11. Ramsu,Bikerdude and Farkandfunk –

    I am like Janakraj’s assistant’s sidekick echoing the assistant’s reaction. “saars- neenga engiyo poiteenga”

  12. muhohohaha!!! thanks folks. Madras baashai in my opinion is highly complex and evolved, I’m far away from even being passable at it , unlike stalwarts like KA and Ramsu here. That’s why i had to employ TR’s help ๐Ÿ™‚

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