What an experience! I had expected this film to be interesting because it has been touted as being based on the Bard’s Hamlet and I had also seen the trailer in theaters a couple of times. Despite some minor variations from the Hamlet story to fit into the situation in Kashmir where the story unfolds, the experience was more satisfactory than I had expected. That I had a companion who saw it for the second time, it was released here just three days ago, and only told me about it after we had seen the film together reinforces my own assessment that it is an amazing film.

Among the other factors that led me to assess this film so high is a very significant fact that is completely new to me. One individual, Vishal Bhardwaj, has written the script, directed the film, produced it, and also written the music score for the film

The actors, without exception all of them have given amazing performances and it is another factor that I had not expected to be of such high caliber.

The story set in 1995 in Kashmir is poignant, totally believable and clearly depicts the then reality there. The beauty of Kashmir has been captured wherever open air filming has taken place and the cinematography is also of a very high caliber.

Overall an amazing movie and I recommend it to all my readers without any reservations with a[rating=6] rating.

17 thoughts on “Haider.”

  1. You do seem to enjoy your visits to the cinema Ramana. Don’t people eat, drink, chat and use their smartphones during the movies in India ? I stopped going years ago because of that.
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    1. Big John, here the theaters request on the screen that mobile phones are turned off or not used and the request is mostly heeded. We do have the odd instance of someone rushing out of the hall to attend to some call or playing with the silent phone with the glare from the lit panel disturbing the seats in the back but these instances are rare. Eating and drinking takes place but chatting too is rare. We have a culture of Paisa Vasool you know! (http://rummuser.com/?p=8438)

  2. it was better the second time around. At the first viewing i was just flinching at all the violence, so couldn’t pay attention to the story

    1. You never have to do this in the future. If you had forgotten your commitment and had seen a movie, you can also tell me that and I will find my own way to the film if I want to see it. The point however is that you enjoyed it the second time around.

      1. Hadn’t forgotten. realised before hand that i would be watching it twice, but that’s ok for a good film. Besides, the company is important as well

  3. Hi Rummy,

    Your reviews are enticing: they always make us want to actually watch the movies. Have you considered writing for magazines or something? You’d be quite an asset.
    Kashmir is a beautiful region, from what I have seen on TV and in pictures: magical. No one would ever think about the tensions caused just by looking at it. May it one day reach peace.

    Thank you for the gem.

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    1. No thank you. I would rather not write than write professionally. Yes, Kashmir is a beautiful place but as a statement in the film stays, when two elephants fight on the same turf, the grass gets trampled on.

  4. RR, Vishal Bhardwaj is an incredible talent – as both a director and a musician. He is a Shakespeare afficionado and turns classic Shakespearean tales into film scripts that are beautifully integrated into the Indian milieu without compromising the original tales. Watch Omkara (based on Othello) and Maqbool (based on Macbeth) as well – both Bhardwaj films.

  5. Few pointers for your secondlast para…

    That link contains info about the goofups as well.

    No doubt acting is very good, Shahid Kapoor performed well.
    Personally, I prefer watching realistic (art) cinema over commercial ones. After watching this and Bang Bang (totally commercial movie), I would prefer watching Bang Bang again over Haider.

    Did you pay attention to Ashish Vidyarthi’s dialog? It is not about JUST 8000 missing people, it is about lacs of Kashimiri’s displaced also. But anyways.

    After watching sad endings and weird story line of almost all Shakespeare novels – I am sure I am not going to read them.

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