Haider = Kashmir > Beautiful But Haunting
Beauty can be Haunting. Vishwal Bhardwaj prove this with a very rare kind of film – Haider. Everyone knows that vishal Bhardwaj has given brilliant films such as Maqbool, Omkara and Kaminey in past. His love for William Shakespeare’s work is not hidden from the world. Two of his popular movies Maqbool and Omkara were adapted from Shakespeares’ work Macbeth and Othello. His film Haider is also adapted from William Shakespeare’s work Hamlet and complete his Shakespeare trilogy. Vishal is known for making movies with dark themes and offbeat music and Haider atop his list of dark films.
To Say in one shot Haider is a perfect drama thriller. I will give credit to Vishal Bhardwaj. Not only he brings out the best of Shahid Kapoor but also worked even on minute details of house paint and Kashmiri attire. Haider would have been just another Shakespeare’s inspired film but Vishal brilliantly placed the tragedy of Hamlet into Kashmir. Not many directors in Bollywood dare to make films on such controversial topic as of Kashmir – the center of dispute between India and Pakistan.
Director – Vishal Bhardwaj
Star Cast – Shahid Kapoor
Kay Kay Menon
Screenplay Writer – Vishal Bhardwaj
Run-Time – 162 Minutes
Release Date – 2nd October 2014
Genre – Drama | Thriller
FilmSchoolWTF Rating – 4.5 Out of 5
Plot of Haider
The story of Haider opens with Indian army taking Dr Hilal Meer (Narendra Jha) as prisoner. His son Haider (Shahid Kapoor) returns home as soon as he hear the news. He start searching for his father who is now missing. He finds out that his mother have relationship with his uncle and they are not at all worried about his father being missing. Haider with the help of his love Arshia (Shraddha Kapoor) and a man named Roohdhar (Irrfan Khan) finds out the truth of his father’s fate. His father was killed by his uncle (Kay Kay Menon) due to his lust for Haider’s mother.. He marries Haider’s Mother (Tabu). Haider pledge to take revenge from his uncle and fulfill his father’s dying wish. Will Haider be able to take revenge? Is the revenge necessary for Haider to cross the lines of humanity?
First of all i would really praise Vishal Bhardwaj for focusing and bringing out the ever burning issue of Kashmir and the life of people in Kashmir. Haider took the darker turn right from the first scene. It was hard to imagine that one of the most beautiful place on earth is also one of the most haunting places in the world. Death and murder are so common that it kills all the emotions of a man.
The films gives you a strong vibe of loneliness and fear that Kashmiri people feels everyday. The story is slow before the interval but it get back on the track after the interval. It was clear from the beginning that Haider won’t be an easy ride and you might not like it for its visual content and theme. Vishal was determined to make it much more darker and stunning. You can understand this by the fact that the Salman twins who were introduced as comedic relief were actual cold hearted murderers. I consider that the scene where Haider kills them both is the most defining scene of the movie.
Shahid kapoor gave the best performance of his career. His expressions were outstanding. His character transformation was superb and the life of the film. The second actor who impressed me the most was Tabu. Her role as Haider’s mother was what made the film’s plot more intriguing and interesting. Tabu’s character had many layers and Tabu was able to pull all the threads perfectly. Kay Kay Menon, I seriously doubt why Bollywood neglect such brilliant actors as him. He is a great method actor and Haider is perfect example of it. Irrfan Khan, just his screen presence was enough to ensure that the film is worth watching. Ironically it was Irrfan khan’s character that gets the background theme music (Aao Na) every time upon his enterance. Shraddha Kapoor was impressive in most parts.
PS – Watching Haider’s mother (Tabu) kissing Haider (Shahid Kapoor) on lips made me quiet uncomfortable.
1. Aao Na By Vishal Dadlani:
2. Bismil by Sukhwinder Singh:
The track Aao na is very good and has received huge positive response from fans. The track is alternative rock song which is kind of rare for Bollywood movies.
Haider Shooting Locations and Production
Haider is mostly shot in Kashmir.The shooting began in November 2013. There were some controversies too during the shooting of the film. Kashmir University Students disrupted the shooting. The film is shot on a budget of 37 Crore rupees.
The Good Of Haider: Vishal Bhardwaj’s master adaption of William shakespeare. Shahid’s brilliant acting. The ending was Chutzpha from Bollywood point of view. But it was necessary to perfectly justify the story.
The Bad of Haider: The film is slow before Interval. Vishal kept the film straight instead of branching out; so it should have been 2 hour 10 minutes film.
Should i Watch Haider?: Dont you Dare to Miss it.