Khoon ka Khoon (Hamlet), 1935, 122 mins


Produced by: Stage Film Company, Bombay
Language: Urdu
Color: Black and white
Type: Sound
Technical details: Nitrate
Story & Script: Mehdi Ahsan from his Urdu adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’
Music: Kanhaiya Pawar
Cast: Sohrab Modi (Hamlet), Naseem Banu (Ophelia), Shamshad Begum, Ghulam Hussain, Obali Mai, Fazal Karim, Eruch Tarapore, Ghulam Mohiyuddin, Rampiyari, Gauhar, B.Pawar
Director: Sohrab Modi


This was the first adaptation of a Shakespearan drama in Indian cinema. Largely a filmed version of a stage performance of the play, the film contains a towering performance by Sohrab Modi in the central role of Hamlet, and is an astute adaptation of the original Shakespeare play. The film marked the feature debut of Naseem Banu, as Ophelia.