The intrigue of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Macbeth' is transposed to the Mumbai underworld.


Vishal Bhardwaj


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Irrfan Khan ... Maqbool (as Irrfan)
Tabu ... Nimmi
Pankaj Kapur ... Jahangir Khan (Abbaji) (as Pankaj Kapoor)
Naseeruddin Shah ... Inspector Purohit
Om Puri ... Inspector Pandit
Piyush Mishra ... Kaka
Masumeh Makhija ... Sameera (Abbaji's Daughter)
Ajay Gehi ... Guddu (Kaka's son)
Abbas Tyrewala ... Sadik Chikna
Deepak Dobriyal ... Thapa
Gyanchand Rikki Gyanchand Rikki ... Mughal
Manav Kaushik ... Asif
Ankur Vikal ... Riyaz Boti
Pubali Sanyal Pubali Sanyal ... Boti's wife
Raj Raj ... Boti's son


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Primacy of semi artistry !
30 January 2005 | by akanshimaSee all my reviews

Yes!yes! that it is.The film came as a fresh breeze of air when Hindi cinema is experimenting with all sort of stuff.With probably one of the greatest star cast in the world ; the film is worth spending a premium.People who neglect the role of Hindi cinema in world entertainment or who don't like Hindi cinema at all should look at this film.The plot goes as follows Abbaji ( Pankaj Kapoor ) the underworld kingpin of Mumbai has two faithfuls helping him in his business Maqbool ( Irfan Khan )and Kaka ( Piyush Mishra ).Nimmi ( Tabu ) Abbaji's younger wife loves Maqbool and wants him to take the place of aging Abbaji.One day on Abbaji's daughter Sammera's ( Mausami ) wedding to Kaka's son Guddu ( Ajay Gehi ) Maqbool and Nimmi secretly kill Abbaji.The throne of Abbaji is open whom Maqbool is intent on occupying with hook or crook.The two inspectors Purohit ( Nasseruddin Shah ) and Pandit ( Om Puri ) serve as bribed workers to this family. All an all a powerful five star.Hats up ! to Vishal Bhardwaj who won accolades from Karan Johar , Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan for this film.

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