The Movie: Haider
Caption: Misfired adaptation
Savvy’s Rating: 2.5/5
Zephyr: Shahid’s acting, couple Songs, Shraddha Kapoor
- Taboo’s acting was so confusing
Vishal Bhardwaj is an eccentric Director and Music Director. His movies and songs haunt you. He has a passion of bringing notable Novels, Adaptations and Stories from Western world to India. I appreciate his efforts.
However, anything over the limits leave you with bad taste. Honestly, I did not watch or read Hamlet before. As a novice audience, I would have expected more from the movie.
Even if I had watched earlier, I would have not liked the screen adaptation of this movie. Thought process might have started off good, but Screenplay had marred the goal.
To cut the story short, I do NOT recommend Haider movie. Because of controversial scenes shown where India was put on odd spot over the neighbor Country. And also, the Direction was not up to the mark. Individually, each actor competed with other and gave their best. Overall Direction was so-so.
Story in a nutshell (spoiler alert):
Kashmir background → Sensitive time due to Insurgency (Indo/Pak relations)
Father → Mother (Tabu) → Son (Haider aka Shahid)
Son → sent to another Country for studies to avoid getting his life onto bad track (Mom responsible)
Uncle (Father’s bro) (Kay Kay Menon) → Reputed political person, who’s in love with his Brother’s wife
Father dies (due to Uncle’s plan) → Uncle marries Mother
Son wants to take revenge on Uncle as he feels betrayed. His emotions are caught between lost Father and loving/living Mother. He can’t stand seeing his Mother with his Uncle.
Haider wants to fulfill his Father’s last wish of killing his Uncle. Haider leaves no stone unturned to kill his Uncle. His Mother always try to pacify him and takes him to the path of forgiveness. Haider doesn’t heed to his mom’s words till he loses her. In the end, Forgiveness wins over Vengeance and Haider leaves his Uncle alive and walks away from the battle field.
Movie had so much violence and deaths. Just to sustain his vengeance, Haider kills many people and story takes away key roles like Haider’s mom, lover, lover’s brother and his friends. Haider’s erratic behavior in the story was confusing but you need to stick to him to understand his motives, too intriguing. I guess, Tabu misunderstood her role. Her emotions in the movie are bit unreasonable. I’m baffled.
There are some sensitive issues in the movie about how Muslims were treated by Indians in Jails. I don’t think that was required and was not dealt well. If story demands such kind of scenes, Director failed to show the two sides of the coin.
What worked well:
1) As I mentioned, individually each Actor did well; Shahid and Kay Kay were life support tools of the movie. Shahid just lived in the character
2) Songs are good
3) Shraddha is cute and did her role well
Savvy is NOT recommending this movie. Watch at your risk!
P.S. I understand it’s already a Return On Investment for Producers but I still stick to my final Punch.