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Maqbool (2003)

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

Director:

Vishal Bhardwaj

Writers:

Abbas Tyrewala (screenplay), Vishal Bhardwaj (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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
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Storyline

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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Naseeruddin Shah conducted a workshop for all actors in the movie for a few days before start of filming, to get everyone in character and for natural interactions. Director Vishal Bhardwaj requested him to do so, after he knew how well this method worked for Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding (2001). See more »

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Inspector Pandit: Shakti ka santulan chahiye sansar mein. Aag ke liye paani ka dar hona chahiye.
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Cinematic Poetry
1 February 2004 | by bn0809See all my reviews

Here is a movie that makes you sit up and take notice of a brilliant director, who entered the film stream as music director. Vishal's progress as a director is astounding!

The film is adapted from Shakeaspere's "Macbeth", using Mumbai underworld as the backdrop. Charecterizations are brillaint, with the witches in Macbeth, being metamorphosed into two corrupt cops.

The screenplay, cinematography, sound design are dialogues are brilliant. The performances from all the 5 key players, Irrfan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, and the two cops, Naseer and Om Puri are out of the world. Music is imaginative with captive visualizations.

Credit for the entire movie should go to Vishal, for his outstanding conceptualization and execution. A special word, for cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi. His final shot of Irrfan falling on the ground in the hospital, with a slow motion of a pigeon, followed by a changing color from normal light to serene green, followed by the fall with a tilted camera is worth going miles for! Bravo!


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30 January 2004 (India) See more »

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