Haider

Haider

3.9 2,665 Ratings

Directed by : Vishal Bhardwaj

Release Date : | Length : 165 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 4.5/5
  • MJ Rating 4.0/5
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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 d...more

Verdict

“Vishal Bhardwaj has created a spectacularly dark and melancholic rendition of Shakespeare's Hamlet. Shahid, Tabu and the magnificent locales of Kashmir elevate this intense political thriller to a whole new level of brilliance. Haider is a masterpiece.”

Haider Credit & Casting

Shahid Kapoor

Haider Box Office

  • Gross: INR 49.19 cr.
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Haider Audience Review

Blood soaked love letter to Kashmir!

| by Inspector VIjay |
Rated 4.0 / 5
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Lets be honest, no one does Shakespeare like Vishal Bhardwaj. He's had 2 brilliant outings earlier, with Omkara being my personal favourite. I loved the promos of Haider & had very high expectations from it. How did it fare?

When I came out, I had mixed emotions because though its a great film, VB gets self-indulgent & makes a film that could have been brilliant but ends up being a great film that is 15 minutes too long.

 

Pros:


1. Visually this film is flawless. Full marks to Pankaj Kumar.

2. This one is for the performances. Shahid (career's best), Shraddha (career's best), Tabu & KK Menon (outstanding) & the show stealer in a special apperance, Irrfan Khan.

3. Kashmir. You can feel the pain making the location a character in itself.

4. Love how, for the first time, India-Pakistan-Kashmir angle looks real & not ridiculouslt filmi. Its possibily the best told political angle of Kashmir depicted in an Indian film.

5. The climax, darker than anything I have seen in a long time.

6. Salman & Salman, 2 Salman Khan fans, who make for the comic relief of the film. Great!

 

Cons:


1. The length, at almost 2hrs 45min is really long. Could easily be 15-20 minutes shorter.

2. There are various moments where the director romanticizes Kashmir & gets carried away, thereby slowing the pace down considerably.

 

 

Let me just say, this one slowly simmers to a boil. If you are looking at a quick, fast-paced watch, this is not your fare. If you are looking at an experience, similar to Maqbool, this will hit the spot. 

In my view, dont think about it just go watch it. Haider stays with you long after you've left the theater & makes it by 2nd favorite VB film after Omkara. Yes, better than Maqbool & Kaminey.

 

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