Release Date: 2nd October 2014
Genres: Action, Drama & Romance
Star Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan
Director: Vishal Bhardwaj
Runtime: 2 hours 40 minutes
Haider, an adaption of Hamlet written by William Shakespeare’s was published in 1604. After Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006), Haider is the final part of Bhardwaj’s Shakespeare trilogy. The story is of Haider (Shahid Kapoor), who’s poetic doctor father disappears mysteriously and how he tries to find him and take revenge. Ghazala (Tabu), mother of Haider, after his husband’s disappearance marries her brother-in-law, Khurram (Kay Kay Menon). Haider learns that his uncle, Khurram is responsible for his father’s disappearance. There is a nice love story between Arshia (Shraddha Kapoor), a journalist and Haider.
Soul touching performance from Tabu, probably her best till date, she can surely make you cry in few scenes shot with Shahid. Shahid Kapoor as Haider, is incredible, one of the most remarkable performance in his acting career. Haider’s role has given Shahid a new shade to his acting portfolio which he can be proud of. Shraddha as Arshia is graceful and looks at ease, does her part with utmost brilliance and again proved that she has a long way to go in Bollywood. Kay Kay Menon, looks the best fit for the assigned role. Can’ think of any better replacement. Irrfan Khan as Roohdar, the man with Charismatic screen presence, has a very short appearance, but you can’t get him off your mind, after watching Haider.
Haider is stacked with emotion, betrayal, conspiracy & suspense. The relationship between Tabu and Shahid as Mother and son, is soul touching, a top notch performance filled with love, hate & dilemma. Vishal Bhardwaj has done most things perfect, just the screenplay could have been fine-tuned a notch better. One of the let down of the movie is music and songs, Haider surely deserved a better number. The climax is amazing, it leaves you on high.
The Bottom Line: Haider Movie is blessed with brilliant performances from the lead actors. But its surely not a Bollywood masala. It is for audience who can appreciate a thrilling story, brilliant acting and a touch of social message.