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Maqbool (2003)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  30 January 2004 (India)
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Macbeth meets the Godfather in present-day Bombay. The Scottish tragedy set in the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital; two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the ... See full summary »

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Maqbool (as Irrfan)
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Pankaj Kapur ...
Jahangir Khan (Abbaji) (as Pankaj Kapoor)
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Piyush Mishra ...
Masumeh Makhija ...
Sameera (Abbaji's Daughter)
Ajay Gehi ...
Guddu (Kaka's son)
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Sadik Chikna
Deepak Dobriyal ...
Thapa
Gyanchand Rikki ...
Mughal
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Asif
Ankur Vikal ...
Riyaz Boti
Pubali Sanyal ...
Boti's wife
Raj ...
Boti's son
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Macbeth meets the Godfather in present-day Bombay. The Scottish tragedy set in the contemporary underworld of India's commercial capital; two corrupt, fortune telling policemen take the roles of the weird sisters, and "Duncan" is Abbaji, the head of a crime family. Abbaji's mistress and Maqbool plot and carry out his death; the sea plays the role of Birnham wood. Written by James McLeod

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Maqbool was officially Irrfan Khan's first lead role as a Hero in a Bollywood production. The Warrior, released a few years earlier in film festivals, was a International British film in Hindi. See more »

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Best contemporary mainstream Indian movie
5 September 2005 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Fascinating movie. A perfect adaptation. Since I saw the Indian adaptation before the Scottish original; it actually made me appreciate how seamlessly the story has been adapted. Pankaj Kapur as Abbaji is sensational. Note his expression when he is stopped and told that the cops are waiting for him after his arrest warrant is issued. He controls his anger and sense of injustice with humor. A classic moment. Also his revenge in the police station is well written. Full marks to Vishal for the screenplay. The casting is superb and the best example of getting a consolidated cast absolutely right. Irfaan as Mia gives a steady performance but this helps the surrounding cast to shine. Tabu is first rate. So is Om Puri. And watch for the characterization of Abbaji's silent right hand man. His devotion to Abbaji and then to Allah (watch his movements first to the song being played at Eid and then when he is asked to consume alcohol) comes across very real. As real as it gets . I am a big fan of this movie and VB to me is a sensational directorial find.


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