Marking the 400th death anniversary of Shakespeare, an UK-Indian co-production "The Hungry" is set to bring the legendary figure to a larger audience. One of Britain's most renowned Shakespearean actor-directors, Sir Kenneth Branagh has been announced as the patron of "Shakespeare on screen", a year-long programme which forms part of the global celebrations marking 400 years since the playwright's death, according to a statement.
"The Hungry" has marked the partnership of Asian film-makers from India and the UK. The movie has been written and directed by Bornila Chatterjee, co-written and produced by Tanaji Dasgupta and Kurban Kassam.
Cinestaan Film Company and Film London's India-UK co-production, "The Hungry' is a contemporary retelling of Shakespearian tragedy "Titus Andronicus". Made in the surrounding of an Indian wedding, the movie digs out the role of patriarchy and corruption in Indian politics and the business world.
"The Hungry" is a part of a number of new commissions, to showcase some of Shakespeare's greatest creations. Talking about the project, Branagh said, "Much of my work has involved bringing Shakespeare to the stage and on the screen, so I am looking forward to working with Film London as their patron for Shakespeare on Screen. This celebrates the fascinating, ever-evolving relationship between Shakespeare's work and film. Storytellers at every stage of their careers continue to draw from the playwright's work, so it is fitting that this project â€“ through an ambitious series of brand new commissions â€“ showcases emerging and established talent alike. It is a pleasure to be involved with a project which aims to bring his work to countless new audiences, inspiring as many people as possible along the way."