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      Haider

      Released Oct 2, 2014 2h 39m Drama List
      89% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 86% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In Kashmir, a young man discovers not only that his mother is having an affair with his uncle but also that the man is responsible for his father's gruesome murder. Read More Read Less Watch on Netflix Stream Now

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      Lisa Tsering Hollywood Reporter With Haider, [Bhardwaj] wisely forgoes the rough-edged attitude in his other films to embrace a slicker and more sophisticated style; and some of the film's most effective moments are masterful in their visual storytelling skill. Apr 15, 2015 Full Review Anil Sinanan Time Out The result is a tense, well crafted drama that lacks the deep emotional intensity required in its disturbed characters. Rated: 3/5 Apr 15, 2015 Full Review Shubhra Gupta The Indian Express I doubt if I will be able to forget the stunning visuals which dot the film, but the sum is never more than its terrific parts. Rated: 2/5 Apr 15, 2015 Full Review Rahul Desai Film Companion There’s a lot to appreciate in the way the actor submits himself to a role that reminds the audience how the storytelling – the oedipal tension, the public outbursts, the moral conflicts – is just as big as the story being told. Feb 9, 2023 Full Review Film Companion Staff Film Companion [It] masterfully uses the Bard's work to explore insurgency and conflict. Throw in a career-best performance from Shahid Kapoor and our case is made. Oct 28, 2020 Full Review Anthony Kao Cinema Escapist Haider offers a rare combination of not only action-packed entertainment, but also literary panache and geopolitical enlightenment. Aug 14, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sarthak B "why do skulls keep grinning? because it is only after death that you know you never lived fully and it never stops even after death." Haider's got everything. Vishal Bhardwaj directing Shakespeare, Gulzar Saab writing lyrics, Tabu, hard-hitting monologues, breath-taking setting, Tabu, deep and dark political undertones that'll shake your beliefs and question what you know and what you don't until you deep dive through articles and articles and articles and realise how messed up the world really is and... Tabu. so, how does a film based on a play from 1599, set in 1995, released in 2014 and rewatched in 2022, still manage to be awesome? the answer is quite simple. TREATMENT. Instead of showing us the regular Kashmir Ki Kali that Shammi Kapoor would dance around in, the film takes the state's politics and history and wraps it up quite neatly in very very very high Shakespearian drama. In school, nothing was more boring than Shakespeare, but in the hands of veteran Vishal Bhardwaj, it all feels fresher than ever. the film does follow the basic storyline of Hamlet, but the meticulous craft with which Bhardwaj manages to inculcate the separatist situations and the nation's reaction to those situations is just brilliant. None of the subplots feel like they shouldn't have been a part of the film because frankly, all of them buildup to an explosive and satisfying climax which I've rarely seen in Indian Cinema. to summarise, the film follows a chain of events that is driven by one mission and one mission only. INTEKAAM (REVENGE). the acting is just phenomenal. it's in the film, that you notice, what an actor with a caliber of Shahid Kapoor can do in the hands of a good director. the हम हैं की हम नहीं? (Are We or Are We Not?) monologue is still etched in my brain due to the sheer impact of it's writing and the way Shahid delivers it in the film. he's always been good, just his film choices haven't been so "Shaandaar". Then comes in Kay Kay Menon. he is so good as the antagonist Khurram that even when he's acting all innocent, I wanna punch him in the face (he owes me a laptop btw). sometimes, you feel that Shakespeare wrote the part specifically for him. okay, let's talk about Tabu. she needs to be stored in a gold vault and protected forever. it is impossible to take your eyes away from her when she's in a scene. now, talking about the show stealer, Irrfan Khan. his character in the film is brief but, he still manages to steal every scene he's in (as usual). also, his entrance scene might just be one of the best entrances I've ever seen in out of all the 7 pieces of artform in existence. Vishal Bhardwaj also manages to sneak in the Oedipus Complex that was also quite evident in the original novel without making it seem cringe. this adds an extra layer to Haider's character in manifesting his hatred for Khurram. because, Khurram has done what Haider subconsciously always wanted. kill his dad and marry his mom, which essentially is the definiton of the Oedipus Complex. this also makes the ending somewhat open to your own interpretation as to why Haider chooses to do what he does? now, talking about the music. It's just mind-boggling. Bismil, Aao Na, Jhelum Jhelum, each and every song is just marvelous. Especially Bismil and a rendition of Aao Na before the very end of the film. Gulzar literally said, I'll take on Shakespeare and write my own version of the song sequence where Hamlet reveals his true desires to everyone. and my god, Dil Dhadke Dil DIl Dhadke indeed. I think everyone needs to watch this film atleast once in their lives not just to see the brilliance of Vishal Bhardwaj's adapting techniques but also to see the brilliance with which he does it. This also is my favourite among Bhardwaj's so called Shakespeare Trilogy each of which is a brillaint piece of work on it's own. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/13/23 Full Review Advaith R A wonderful adaptation of 'Hamlet' with its own twists that may not feel like the original play, but gives an alternate version of it. The main leads did a fabulous job. For me personally, I felt very few parts just dragged a little bit but the movie never failed to engage me. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/29/22 Full Review Audience Member Very Great & Very Good "Chutzpah" Movie... Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review yash b The most impressive thing about "Haider" is that it uses a story like "Hamlet" to portray something socially relevant. The movie is a well-made story that works because of its strong performances. The movie does tend to feel like it has a lot of things going on and sometimes I felt myself in and out of interest in the story. Nonetheless, it builds up to a very entertaining and engaging final act that makes it worth the journey. I admittedly have very little experience with "Hamlet" but I am certainly intrigued to watch another version of the classic story after seeing this Bollywood version. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Based on Hamlet, son of revenge to the father's death was murdered by his uncle Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Haider is a good movie but it has its own problems viz., the villain does not show the required emotional depth(is sometimes reflected on other characters) that story expects him to show, moreover, some issues with editing and sharpness of screenplay(at times) impair its quality. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In Kashmir, a young man discovers not only that his mother is having an affair with his uncle but also that the man is responsible for his father's gruesome murder.
      Director
      Vishal Bhardwaj
      Producer
      Rekha Bhardwaj, Vishal Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Amrita Pandey
      Screenwriter
      Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj
      Distributor
      UTV Motion Pictures
      Production Co
      UTV, Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures Pvt. Ltd.
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Hindi
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 2, 2014, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 17, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $901.6K
      Runtime
      2h 39m
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