The Sandip Roy Show

What makes people tick? What are the stories they carry with them? In a world of shouting heads, veteran journalist, radio commentator and novelist Sandip Roy sits down to have real conversations about the fascinating world around us and the people who shape it. Catch these engaging interviews every other Sunday

Episode 17 February 10, 2019

Discovering Shakespeare in Bollywood, with Jonathan Gil Harris

Today Shakespeare is considered as part of highbrow literature but in his own day it was the quintessential ‘masala’ entertainment. This is why when author Jonathan Gil Harris was watching the film Lagaan in 2001, he came to realize that a lot of Bollwood’s masala films resonated deeply with Shakespeare’s work. In this episode Harris talks to Sandip Roy about his book, Masala Shakespeare: How a Firangi Writer Became Indian, explains to us the ways in which Indian films are closely related to the work of Shakespeare and how the ‘masala’ genre celebrates India’s cultural diversity.


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Discovering Shakespeare in Bollywood, with Jonathan Gil HarrisToday Shakespeare is considered as part of highbrow literature but in his own day it was the quintessential ‘masala’ entertainment. This is why when author Jonathan Gil Harris was watching the film Lagaan in 2001, he came to realize that a lot of Bollwood's masala films resonated deeply with Shakespeare's work. In this episode Harris talks to Sandip Roy about his book, Masala Shakespeare: How a Firangi Writer Became Indian, explains to us the ways in which Indian films are closely related to the work of Shakespeare and how the 'masala' genre celebrates India's cultural diversity. You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on http://www.indianexpress.com/audio.