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Haider (2014)

Genre: Crime/Drama/Action/Romance
Starring: Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor, Narendra Jha, Lalit Parimoo, Irrfan Khan
Re-creating a legendary story is a task not for the faint hearted. Vishal Bharadwaj has earned a reputation of turning around Shakespere’s legendary plays and making them into cinematic brilliant movies. Haider (Kapoor) learns of his fathers arrest by the Indian Army on accounts of aiding and abetting terrorist activities in his house in Srinagar. He returns from University to see his house charred and destroyed and his mother being wooed by Khurram (Menon) his fathers younger brother. He confides in his girlfriend Arshia (Kapoor) and uses her help to track his father and find his fate. Roohdaar (Khan) is a messenger who claims to have been imprisoned with his father who also informs Haider of his fathers demise. These shocking events drive Haider to the brink of insanity who vows to fulfill his fathers dying wish, ‘to shoot his brothers eyes out of his head for selling him out to the army so that he could lay those lustful eyes on his mother’. The movie doesn’t seem like a cut-paste job from Shakespere’s screenplay but a very clever adaptation of the story set against the backdrop of Pakistan and India’s conflict of Kashmir. Apart from simply narrating the story, the movie has also brought to light the ground reality of the people living there, the constant threat to life, people questioning every motive and the regular interference by security forces. Shahid Kapoor has bought himself a place in list of actors who have lived the character to the bone. The sudden transformation from sane to insane and all the antics that come along with it is a job easier said than done. The support cast with Kapoor has also played an immense role in ensuring consistency and Shraddha Kapoor has proved that she can do contemporary character roles apart from the regular Bollywood movies.

Thumbs up: Brilliant acting and a super adaptation
Thumbs down: Perhaps some songs could have been done without
Rating: 8.5/10


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