Haider as we all know is Vishal Bhardwaj’s version on Hamlet. Well at the very onset one needs to applaud Basharat Peer and Vishal Bhardwaj for writing such a fantastic script. Vishal Bhardwaj take a bow.
Haider is set in the year 1995 in the picturesque locales of Kashmir. The film begins with Haider (Shahid Kapoor), returning home from Aligarh.
His father, Doctor Hilal Meer (Narendra Jha), who tries to save a militant’s life, has been imprisoned by the army. His house has been razed. His mother Ghazala (Tabu) has moved into his uncle Khurram’s (Kay Kay Menon) house. Haider the poet slowly transforms into Haider the murderer. Haider learns the truth behind his father’s death, he’s plunged into grief and rage and wants revenge.
Haider unwittingly finds himself being targeted by the different political forces tussling for power in Kashmir. In all of this Haider meets his childhood sweetheart Arshid (Shraddha Kapoor) and they fall in love.
The film boasts of some superlative performances. Kay Kay Menon as Khurram is effortless while Shraddha Kapoor as Arshid delivers a rock solid performance as a girl who is torn between familial pressure and her childhood sweetheart Haider.
Irrfan Khan, who plays the mysterious Roohdar and has what can only be described as a rock star’s entry. Roohdaar is the one who eventually incites Haider to avenge his father’s death.
Narendra Jha who essays the role of Doctor Hilal Meer leaves an impression. Full marks to Shahid Kapoor for getting Haider right as he fits into the role perfectly.
But the film belongs to Tabu, you just cannot get enough of her. She is overpowering as gorgeous and is the heart of the Haider. You cannot imagine anyone else as Ghazala.
Pankaj Kumar’s cinematography is sensitive and brilliant and deftly expresses the good, bad and ugly. The camera is handheld at times, the mild shake making the scenes throb with intensity.
The only thing that one could not figure out was the mission announced by an army chief (Ashish Vidyarthi), or what happened to Kulbushan Kharbanda who turned up in one scene as Ghazala’s father-in-law, never to be seen or referred to again.
Haider is a must watch as it’s a ode to the art of filmmaking.
Before we start to write the review of Haider; one needs to applaud he entire team of the film as this one just leaves to speechless and proves that c...4.0