Internet Shakespeare Editions

Shakespeare in Performance: Film

Hamlet (1955, Kishore Sahu)

Release LocationsIndia
DirectorKishore Sahu
MediumBlack & white video
Audiencegeneral public
Play ConnectionsHamlet (interpretation)


Unfortunately I have been unable to locate a distributor for this film in the United States, as it offers an example of how the large and prolific Indian film industry would handle a Shakespeare movie. Not only as a result of British cultural imperialism but also, one hopes, because of his intrinsic merit, Shakespeare has long been a major literary figure in India. The journal, Hamlet Studies, for example, with a distinguished board of editors, is published in New Delhi

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

CastVenus Bannerjee
CastKamal Jir
CastHiralai S. Nazir
CastKishore Sahu
CastMala Sinha

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorKishore Sahu
ProducerKishore Sahu
ComposerHasrat Jaipuri
ComposerRamesh Nardu
Adaptor/TranslatorAmanot Hilal
ScreenplayKishore Sahu
Adaptor/TranslatorProfessor E. D. Verma
LightingK. H. Kapadia
SoundChandrakani Pandya

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell