Who better than Vishal Bharwaj could portray Shakespeare’s characters on screen? We were expecting nothing less than magic when we heard about Haider, third installment of Bhardwaj's Shakespeare trilogy after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006).And we were not disappointed.
He has carefully taken characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and weaved them so beautifully in his Haider that one just flows with the story. It is undoubtedly Bhardwaj’s best film so far. The film will make you feel that Denmark’s Hamlet’s best place in India at this point of time can only be in Kashmir.
Another beautiful thing about Haider is that you can’t take your eyes off any of the characters in the film till the end.
How is the acting?
Haider will be remembered for Shahid Kapoor’s performance. Only Vishal Bhardwaj can bring out the best in Shahid on screen. Brilliant performance by other actors including Tabu, Narendra Jha, Irrfan Khan and Kay Kay Menon is an icing on the cake.
How is the direction?
No other director in Bollywood can adapt Shakespeare’s play so well on big screen. He is a painter, and Haider is his best painting so far. The film has been directed so beautiful that you might feel Haider should have been the Shakespeare’s Hamlet in first place.
The film has been shot in beautiful Kashmir, and one can’t take his eyes off the beautiful scenery shown in the film.
What’s the story?
Haider is a story of a guy, whose father was picked up by the armed forces because they believed him to be a militant. Haider discovered about the tragedy when he returns to his home in Kashmir. He starts searching for his father and also wants to take revenge from people who destroyed his home.
How is the music?
Haider’s songs have made it to the playlist of all music fans in India. Vishal Bharwaj, who is also the music director of the film, has taken inspiration from Kashmiri folk music for most of the songs. The music has a soul, and it grows on you.
Big Question- Why should I watch Haider?
If you are amongst those cinema fans, who wait for a good movie, and typical Bollywood masala is not your cup of tea, then Haider is the film for you. It is cinema on canvas.
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