Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider(2014) an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet and an adaptation of Bashrat Peer’s memoir Curfewed Night, set in amidst the insurgency -hit Kashmir conflicts of 1995 and civilian disappearances. Actor Shahid Kapoor, Tabu in the lead role along with Kay Kay Menon and Shraddha Kapoor. Irrfan Khan appears in an extended special appearance. Haider is the third installment of Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy after making Maqbool and Omkara. The film was screened at many international film festivals including Cannes.
Haider(Shahid Kapoor) comes back to his village in Kashmir after his father has disappeared. He finds out that his mother(Tabu) is romantically close to his father’s younger brother (Kay Kay Menon). His childhood sweetheart Arshi(Shraddha Kapoor), faced difficulties between her family and Haider. Haider spends day and night looking for his father. One day, Roohdaar(Irrfan Khan), a mysterious man, reaches Haider and sends him a message from his lost father. He is on a destructive path of jealousy, hatred, turmoil and doubt. His relationship with his mother leads to important events every time.
The casting of every character is impressive with Kay Kay Menon as a superbly calculating man, the villain in Haider’s mind, and Tabu is Ghazala. Shraddha Kapoor brings an earnestly fervent performance and Irrfan Khan is perfect as a quietly menacing presence. The film is an immensely effective reimagination of Shakespeare’s tragedy.