Directed by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Shraddha Kapoor, etc.
Release date: October 2, 2014
Haider is the third installment of Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy after Maqbool (Macbeth, 2003) and Omkara (Othello, 2006). Adapted from Hamlet, Bhardwaj again sets Haider in contemporary India, this time in an insurgency-hit Kashmir of mid-1990s. In evidence of his growing stature as an auteur, Bhardwaj lays thick into the ample plot and characters of Shakespeare’s longest and complicated play, creating a movie that is as accomplished as it is ambitious. Though Bhardwaj the director is flawless, it is Bhardwaj the writer that surfaces as the tour-de-force of the movie – the screenplay and dialogues are top-notch, giving the movie a rich gravitas that its subject matter deserves.