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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)
Abbas Tyrewala ...
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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Vishal Bhardwaj's original choice for the role of Maqbool was Akshay Kumar. See more »

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Is Vishal Bhardwaj India's Best?
21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is, in short, a masterpiece. A unique interpretation on Shakespeare's "Macbeth", "Maqbool" features Irrfan in one of the most brilliantly executed roles of modern cinema. He remarkably inhabits the skin of a character who is muddled, murderous, and maniacal. Pankaj Kapoor, as the invincible Abbaji, is astonishing in his portrayal of the Muslim Mob Boss. Truly an incomparable performance. As for Tabu, she is PERFECTION. This is not Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth- she is equally fierce, but given a softer and more shadowy countenance. Tabu is officially a text book of acting (take note, screen queens Rani, Preity, Aish, Madhuri, and the rest- this is what a REAL actress can do). Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri give expert portrayals. Kudos to Bhardwaj for creating a film which is not only unconventional, but eerily radiant. Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam now have company as India's most innovative filmmakers.


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