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On Wednesday night New York's prestigious Columbia University played host to Vishal Bhardwaj's Haider. The film was watched in rapt attention by over 2,000 students including a majority from America. The screening was followed by a definitive incisive and exhaustive interactive session helmed by the Haider writer Basharat Peer who is a former student of Columbia University. Interestingly, the guest of honour at the screening was eminent litterateur Salman Rushdie. Rushdie is himself of Kashmiri origin. I thought it would be interesting to know his opinion on Haider. When contacted Salman Rushdie said, "I liked the film and thought it used 'Hamlet' very well to illuminate Kashmir." It was Tabu's performance that enthralled Rushdie. Says the distinguished author, "Tabu's performance is what holds the film together and the use of Shakespearean motifs -- the play within the play, the revenge tragedy, the ghost -- is elegant and effective. »
The Mondo Genre had a selection of feature films of young or already successful directors this year and the festival gave priority to films that are world premieres. The movies selected were from countries like Italy, USA, Brazil and France. Out of the seven films that featured under this genre, Haider was the only Asian film selected across the globe.
“Haider is a classic Shakespearean tale retold with Kashmir in India as its backdrop, it’s a story that we would like to take to the world and to get this award now is a proud moment for the entire team of Haider,” says Director Vishal Bhardwaj. »
- Stacey Yount
Haider is continuing its amazing run raking in the accolades. The critically acclaimed film was recently screened at the prestigious Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma! Even more impressive is that the film won the People’s Choice Award Mondo Genre.
Starring Shahid Kapoor in the title role, Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, is the story of Haider – a young man who returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father’s disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces have detained his father for harboring militants, but that his mother is in a relationship with his very own uncle. Intense drama follows between mother and son as both struggle to come to terms with news of his father’s death. Soon Haider learns that his uncle is responsible for the gruesome murder, what follows is his journey to avenge his father’s death. »
- Stacey Yount
The recently released Vishal Bhardwaj film Haider featuring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu and Irrfan Khan opened to mixed response at the box office. While some have been appreciating the filmmaker's adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, others have been dissing him for the film's slow pace. Now we hear that the film that released last Friday has landed in trouble, with a migrant Kashmiri Pandit group staging protest demonstrations in Jammu for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Hindus by portraying the ancient Sun Temple of Kashmir as the devil's den in the 'Bismil' track. In fact torching the posters of Haider, activists of the All Parties Migrants Co-ordination Committee (Apmcc), the apex body of Kashmiri migrant Pandits, took to the streets in Jammu alleging that Bhardwaj denigrated the 1700-year-old Hindu temple. While the Censor Board and the Archaeological Survey of India to register their protest, the Apmcc has sought an immediate »
With glowing reviews Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider has been called a success. Doing fabulously in India, the film is also getting Bollywood fans overseas into the cinema. On Friday, the cumulative Overseas so far from those reporring their number for Thursday Evening Previews and Friday is approximately Half a Million Usd! That was a Super Start! With great word of mouth overseas Haider showed an impressive growth across the box-office from Friday to Saturday! North America shows a growth of over 50% from Friday to Saturday! Cumulative numbers at 375 K Usd reported so far with 17 screens yet to report (Thurs Paid Evening Previews 41K Usd, Fri 138 K Usd, Saturday 200 K). Gulf cumulative reported so far (with some missing screens) is at 320 K Usd (Th 79 K, Fr 115 K Usd and Sat at 126 K Usd) UK shows an amazing jump from Friday to Saturday of 108% with the cumulative at 94 K Usd (58 K Gbp »
- Stacey Yount
It.s hardly the ideal date movie but David Fincher.s lacerating portrait of a marriage gone sour drove ticket sales at Australian cinemas last weekend.
Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and based on Gillian Flynn.s best-selling novel, Gone Girl grabbed $4.7 million from Thursday to Sunday according to Rentrak.s estimates and $5 million with previews.
Pro-rata, that.s more potent than the Us 3-day bow of $US37.5 million, where the Fox film had to fight off a strong challenge from fellow debutante Annabelle.
Here The Maze Runner continued to run hard, taking nearly $2 million in its third weekend (off 34%), propelling its takings to $12.8 million.
Despite mostly withering reviews, Dracula Untold, the origin story of the man who became Dracula, »
- Don Groves
“19 January 1990 was a very cold day despite the sun’s weak attempts to emerge from behind dark clouds…’Naara-e-taqbeer, Allah ho Akbar!’ I looked at my father; his face was contorted. He knew only too well what the slogan meant. I had heard it as well, in a stirring drama telecast a few years ago on Doordarshan, an adaptation of Bhisham Sahni’s Tamas, a novel based on the events of the 1947 Partition of India and Pakistan. It was the cry that a mob of Muslim rioters shouted as it descended upon Hindu settlements. It was a war cry…The crowd wanted to turn Kashmir into Pakistan, without the Pandit men, but with their women…Ma rushed to the kitchen and returned with a long knife. It was her father’s. ‘If they come, I will kill her,’ she looked at my sister. ‘And then I will kill myself. And »
- Amitava Nag
To celebrate the release of Haider, director Vishal Bhardwaj released something that every fan of his Shakespeare adapations is going to want to own: three books based on his Shakespearean trilogy that includes Macbool which is Macbeth, Omkara/Othello and finally Hamlet made into Haider. Each book is the screenplay of the film.
The launch of the books saw many stars come out in support including the stars of Haider Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, as well as Vivek Oberoi, Konkana Sen and more. Check out these pictures.
- Trupti Kantilal
Haider collects 6.14cr on day one. The film has been raved by media and critics worldwide and audience word of mouth is Excellent! Haider has performed extremely well in metros and specifically in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi Ncr, Bangalore, Hyderabad.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, Haider – a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father’s disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces have detained his father for harboring militants, but that his mother is in a relationship with his very own uncle. Intense drama follows between mother and son as both struggle to come to terms with news of his father’s death. Soon Haider learns that his uncle is responsible for the gruesome murder, what follows »
- BollySpice Editors
“To be, or not to be: that is the question…” To watch Haider, or not: that is the question.
‘Hamlet’ is a Shakespearean tragedy adapted countless times, on stages and celluloid throughout different nations, cultures and times. Now the sir who adapted ‘Macbeth’ (Maqbool) and ‘Othello’ (Omkara) previously, presents his interpretation of ‘Hamlet’ as Haider. Enter filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj and his actor Shahid Kapur as Hamlet. This is the third part of Vishal Bharadwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy and we can tell you beforehand, his best was saved till last.
Opening Act: The exposition
The greatest achievement of Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of Hamlet, lies in its setting – Kashmir. (The tragedy of) Hamlet was set in the dark and cold Kingdom of Denmark and tells the tale of Hamlet, a young prince out the avenge the death of his father, the King of Denmark. The King is killed by his own brother Claudius, »
- Anjum Shabbir
Hrithik Roshan has been giving the 'Bang Bang Dare' to all his Bollywood friends right before the film's release and most of the celebrities are more than happy to accept the challenge. And now the recent entrant for this dare is Shahid Kapoor.
When Hrithik Roshan had started the #bangbangdare on Twitter, Shahid Kapoor was quite upset that the actor hadn't given him any dare. Right after Ranveer Singh posted his dare on Twitter, Shahid too had taken to the micro blogging site asking Hrithik Roshan about his dare saying, "Hai der @iHrithik after seeing @RanveerOfficial video just have to say .. Why no bangbangdare for me .." In fact, at that time, the news circuit was abuzz with the clash between Hrithik Roshan and Shahid Kapoor on October 2 as their films Bang Bang and Haider hit the silver screen.
Today, when the two films are competing at box office and audience's attention, »
This weekend will be one of the biggest weekends at the Bollywood box office, as two of the most awaited films of 2014, Haider and Bang Bang, will be released on the same day October 2nd, and will have to “fight” to get the biggest chunk of the audience collections. However, are these two films really rivals? Considering that they are completely different in terms of genre, budget and probably targeted audience, it does not seem very fair to compare both films, as trade analyst Komal Nahta recently told Ians.
In any case, what do these two films have to offer? Keep reading to find out everything you need to know!
Haider is Vishal Bhardwaj’s third approach to Shakespeare’s work after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006). An adaptation of Hamlet, the director takes the story to the snow-covered valleys of Kashmir. One of the biggest appeals of the film is the cast, »
- Núria Bonals Hidalgo
In Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider, the classic tale of Hamlet comes alive in the mesmerizing locales of Kashmir. The riveting drama, takes the audiences through the extraordinary life of the protagonists, epic characters, dramatic turns, compulsive plots, and enthralling performances from Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon. The film is set to release on October 2nd and a special screening attended by the stars and directors of Bollywod was held in Mumbai and the film was received with Rave reviews.
Check out these pictures from the event!
The post Pictures! Haider Screening appeared first on BollySpice. »
- Trupti Kantilal
A still from Haider
Haider by Vishal Bhardwaj will be screened at the Rome Film Festival to be held from October 16-25, 2014. The film, starring Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan Khan, will have its Italian premiere in the ” Mondo Genere” section.
The festival will also host a talk with Vishal Bhardwaj at the historical Teatro Argentina where an audience comprising theatre directors of various interpretations of Hamlet will be in conversation with the Indian filmmaker.
Bhardwaj’s modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, set in Kashmir, is set for an Indian theatrical release on October 2. The film will also be screened at the upcoming Busan International Film Festival.
Tami-language film The Crow’s Egg (Kaakkaa Muttai) by M. Manikandan will screen in Alice Nella Città – a parallel and independent sidebar of the Rome Film Festival. The film, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, »
In William Shakespeare’s original play, the Prince of Denmark invites his uncle and stepmother to a play he has created and from their expressions and tries to gauge what if the ghost had told him is true.
“It’s storytelling through a song, narration of a situation, the kind you see in a musical.” The filmmaker, who drew it from his experience of collaborating on a Broadway musical with Mira Nair, points out.
Sukwinder Singh who has sung it, says, “Bismil is like a ballet you see on the European stage. Only this one is set in reel life Kashmir.”
The filmmaker-composer was very clear that he wanted Kashmiri folk music as it’s rooted in the Valley. He hired local musicians to play the »
- Trupti Kantilal
We have six new looks into Haider, Vishal Bhardwaj’s adaptaion of Hamlet starring Shahid Kapoor. Hitting theaters on October 2nd, the film also stars Shraddha Kapoor, Kay Kay Menon, Tabu, Irrfan Khan.
This reimagining of the classic tells the story of Haider – a young man who returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father’s disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces have detained his father for harboring militants, but that his mother is in a relationship with his very own uncle. Intense drama follows between mother and son as both struggle to come to terms with news of his father’s death. Soon Haider learns that his uncle is responsible for the gruesome murder, what follows is his journey to avenge his father’s death.
Check out the drama and the amazing performances that this film has in store for audiences!
- Stacey Yount
The #bangbangdare now replaces the Ice Bucket Challenge fever in the world of Bollywood. While it was Nargis Fakhri who initiated a fitness challenge of sorts to her colleagues in the film fraternity, Hrithik Roshan seems to have jumped at the opportunity in order to promote his upcoming film Bang Bang. The actor has been challenging his friends in Bollywood, asking them to perform stunts, exercise etc. on his Twitter handle. A recent video of Ranveer Singh performing funny antics in the middle of a street in suburban Mumbai for the #bangbangdare has gone viral. Shahid Kapoor seems to be very impressed with the kind of guts Ranveer Singh has showed in not only accepting the challenge but fulfilling it with aplomb, that too amidst the crowded street of Mumbai. Hence, Shahid Kapoor decided to request his friend Hrithik Roshan for the #bangbangdare. Appreciating Ranveer's efforts, Shahid took to Twitter and said, »
Kaminey had been a path-breaking film in Shahid Kapoor's career and the actor has once again collaborated with Vishal Bhardwaj for his upcoming film Haider. Though speculations about Kaminey 2 have been doing rounds for a while, it is only now that Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj decided to reveal about their third outing together.
While Haider is the Indian adaptation of the famous Shakespearean play Hamlet, Kaminey 2 will be a genuine pulp fiction. Kaminey had tasted critical acclaim and audience appreciation. Also, the music had gained popularity, especially the club number 'Dhan Te Nan'. An excited Shahid Kapoor also revealed that this time around too, Kaminey 2 will have an amazing re-interpretation of the same song but in the form of a romantic version.
“I think originality can only come in spaces which are unexplored. So if you want to try and do original work you have to learn to take risks.” – Shahid Kapoor
Exploring Haider, the upcoming Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, we delved further on the significance of Kashmir as the backdrop, what it took to prepare for the challenging role of Hamlet, why Shahid Kapoor was specifically chosen to play the part and much more!
Haider completes Vishal Bhardwaj’s Shakespearian Bollywood trilogy, the former two being Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello). Haider stars Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor in the lead.
Press: Why did you choose to shoot the film in Kashmir? You’ve already been asked that question a hundred times!
- Aashi Gahlot
In Kashmir, Salman Khan has a huge fan following. As Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider is set in Kashmir, the filmmaker has included not one, but two characters in the film, who dress exactly like Salman did in his 90s blockbuster, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..!
When asked the filmmaker about it, Bharadwaj explained, “In the 90s in which our film is set, Salman Khan’s fan following was massive after the success of Hum Aapke Hain Kaun..! And many young people sported clothes and hairstyles like his, in the film. These two characters, both called Salman, are his fans.”
- Press Releases
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