A young man returns to Kashmir after his father's disappearance to confront his uncle - the man he suspects to have a role in his father's fate.



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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 is his journey to avenge his father's death. Written by Anonymous

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2 October 2014 (USA)  »

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INR 370,000,000 (estimated)

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$508,084 (USA) (3 October 2014)


$901,610 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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Haider: Chutzpah Monologue Hello? Hello? Mic testing 1,2,3... Hello...? Awaz aa rahi hai aap laog ko? Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello? UN council resolution no. 47 of 1948, Article 2 of the Geneva convention, and Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Bas ek sawaal uthata hai, sirf ek. Hum hai, ya ham nahi. Hum hai to kahan hain , aur nahi hain to kahan gaye ? Hum hain to kisliye aur kahan to kab? Janaaaaab... Hum thay bi, ya hum thay hi nahi? CHUTZPAH ho gaya hamare sath! Chutzpah jante hain aap ...
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Haider: A Masterpiece?
2 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Haider is a tragedy about vengeance, resentment, intricacies and relationships. Haider is an official adaptation of Hamlet set in the backdrops of Kashmir. Kashmir, a land of dispute, has been shown like never before.

Since the trailer of Haider is out it has created a mass hysteria. The audience has a lot of expectations from Haider because of its brilliant star cast including Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor and Irrfan Khan. On the other hand, Haider is also most anticipated movie of the year because it is the third Shakespearean adaptation by Vishal Bharadawaj. Vishal has proved his mettle with likes of Maqbool, The Blue Umbrella, Omkara and Kaminey. No doubt, Vishal has a robust hold over what he is doing. Will Haider live up to expectations? Will Shahid give his career's best in this movie? Will Tabu heat up the proceedings of movie with her anguish and charisma? Let's analyze.

Vishal, as the director, is the lifeline of Haider. Without Vishal's directorial finesse Haider couldn't have been the experience that it turned out to be now. Screenplay of the movie is pitch perfect without any loopholes. It couldn't have been better. The writers have transformed the idea on paper into a visually splendid movie with superlative script. The dialogues penned by Vishal strike the right chord. Cinematography is of astounding. The DoP depicts Kashmir in an exquisite way. The locations are breathtaking. The music by Vishal is soul touching. Songs like Aao Na and Bismil steal the show. Aao Na is just too melodious. Bismil has all the elements to be a chartbuster. Overall, the album is exceptional and distinctive.

Tabu comes into form after 'The Namesake' and 'Cheeni Kum'. She gives yet another scintillating performance. The flair that Tabu has is inimitable. No one could have played the role of Ghazala like Tabu. She owns every frame she appears in. Ghazala's role demands to show distress, magnetism and splendor at the same time. Tabu depicts every emotion with poise. It will not be inaccurate to state that performance wise Tabu is the master of this star cast.

Shahid Kapoor as the lead protagonist depicts the role of Haider with supreme dexterity. It is his career's best performance. Shahid brings in every emotion live on the screen. He performs his role with aplomb. Shraddha Kapoor looks ethereal and carries off a very difficult role on her shoulders very well. Kay Kay Menon appears in a different shade and steals the show every now and then with his acting skills. Irrfan Khan, though appearing in parts only, plays the role with composure. He is perfect.

On the whole, Haider is a 161 minute long engaging drama. Vishal doesn't let you get bored because of his fine writing skills. This one is for the cinema lovers. It is not an action masala flick but can easily be termed as Vishal's best work to date. There is no denying in this that Haider is a masterpiece. We don't get to see cinema like this so often.

Watch it for the captivating narrative, Tabu's mind boggling portrayal of a woman and Shahid's rise as an artist.

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