Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:00:00 GMT | By PTI

'Issaq' is a masala entertainer: Manish Tiwary

Director Manish Tiwary talks about 'Issaq', the Bollywood version of Shakespeare's tragic drama 'Romeo And Juliet'

'Issaq' is a masala entertainer: Manish Tiwary (© Movietalkies)

New Delhi: After making 'Dil, Dosti etc', Manish Tiwary is adapting William Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' but the director says his Banaras-based love story has all the elements of a typical Bollywood masala entertainer.

Manish, 40, said his adaptation will see the classic love story in a new avatar.

"I wanted to make a typical Bollywood masala film after 'Dil, Dosti etc'. When I decided to adapt the Shakespeare's classic, I thought I will reinterpret it in my way because it was not possible to adapt the complete text in today's time. I just redefined the things and gave more details and background," Manish told us.

Films like 'Ek Duuje Ke Liye', 'Ishaqzaade' and more recently 'Raanjhnaa' explored the story of tragic love but Manish is confident that his movie will stand out.

"Classics like these will always inspire filmmakers. The only difference will be how they interpret it keeping in mind the present context," Manish said.

Set in the backdrop of picturesque Banaras, the film will hit theatres on July 26.

Manish has managed to shoot actual Banarasi Ram Leela and Holi for the film.

"Being brought up in Banaras, you get added advantage that you know many beautiful places which are not explored by others. I penned my narrative around these exquisite locales. Ram Leela shows Banaras' unique cultural aspect and I managed to get the permission to shoot a scene of my film there," said Manish.

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