"There is so much variety and depth in Shakespeare's text. I can pick up any play and make a movie on it. I can simply live my life on Shakespeare," Bhardwaj said during a session at the ongoing Jaipur Literature Festival.
The session titled "Hamlet's Dilemma" featured the filmmaker along with journalist and co-writer of his recent flick "Haider", Bhasharat Peer besides British theatre director Tim Supple and English professor Jerry Broton.
The session was moderated by Suhel Seth and mostly concentrated on the use of Shakespeare, and in particular, his tragedy "Hamlet" in Hindi cinema.
The 49-year-old filmmaker had made the first of his Shakespearean adaptation, "Maqbool," based on Macbeth in 2003.
"Omkara" marked the second of Bhardwaj's Shakespearean endeavours, this time an adaptation of "Othello". The third installment of Bharadwaj's Shakespearesque trilogy, "Haider" an adaptation of Hamlet, hit the theatres in October last year.
While the film received appreciation from all quarters, several questions were directed towards the filmmaker for only highlighting the plight of Kashmiri Muslims in the state and ignoring that of Kashmiri Pandits.
"The story of Kashmiri Pandits is not a less tragedy at all. But cinema gives you a choice and it was my choice to make a movie on this subject. Basically, my film's time period and the topic didn't allow me to focus on that tragedy," Bhardwaj said in reply to a question.
"Why only ask me? When Vidhu Vinod Chopra, a pandit himself, made 'Mission Kashmir' no one asked him anything. The film was made in 2000 and the exodus happened much before- he could have made a film as well. I would like to make a film on that issue as well, but at my own time," Bhardwaj said.