I do not feel capable of writing a review for an adaptation of Hamlet because I have not studied Hamlet that well and barely remember it. But I am making this post because I cannot stop myself from recommending this movie. If even one person reads this blog and decides to watch Haider, I will be happy.
Haider is fascinating. It’s Brilliant. The story starts of a little slow but sucks you in and you do not take your eyes off the screen after the interval. Those who have seen Hamlet will be forced to compare and judge this movie as an adaptation. But for me, this is Haider. Not Hamlet. And Haider is a very well directed film by Vishal Bhardwaj, who is undoubtedly one of the finest directors in our country. I am happy to know that directors like Vishal Bhardwaj are there to inspire the next generation of directors in India.
The performances are remarkable. Shahid, Kay Kay, Shraddha shine and all other local actors have done well. Shahid needs to do less of the Phata Posters and R Rajkumars and do some interesting roles. He has a lot of variety and has shown immense growth as an actor. Kay Kay is a fine actor and he does complete justice to his role. Shraddha is relatively new but holds her own in front of all the other experienced actors. Her songs and the music in general is another addition to Haider’s appeal. Irrfan Khan shows that you do not need a lengthy role to make an impact.
But Tabu just steals the show. Each and every scene in which she is present is a lesson for all other aspiring actors. You can be part of a 200 crore movie in which there is no substance to your role or look for challenging roles in which you grow as an actor. Tabu is too good of an actress to not get more meaningful roles. I really hope this is the beginning of a lot more good work for her. And I need to visit/revisit some of her previous work now.
I just lov-ed Haider. This is the kind of film that Bollywood should be known for. Not Slumdog Millionaire. Go watch it! Now!