Haider (film)

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Haider Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Written by Basharat Peer
Vishal Bhardwaj
Based on Hamlet 
by William Shakespeare
Starring Tabu
Shahid Kapoor
Shraddha Kapoor
Kay Kay Menon
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Cinematography Pankaj Kumar[1]
Edited by Aarif Sheikh
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • 2 October 2014 (2014-10-02)
Running time 162 minutes
Country India
Language Urdu/Hindi

Haider is an upcoming Indian drama film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and co-written by Bharadwaj and Basharat Peer. It is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, set in Kashmir.[2] The film stars Shahid Kapoor as Haider, and Tabu essays the role of his mother who marries her brother-in-law (played by Kay Kay Menon) after her husband mysteriously disappears. The film also stars Shraddha Kapoor as Arshia, a journalist by profession and Haider's love-interest.[3]

Haider is the third installment of Bhardwaj's Shakespeare trilogy after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006).[4] The film is scheduled for release on 2 October 2014.[5][6]


Actor Role Based on
Shahid Kapoor Haider [7] Prince Hamlet
Tabu Ghazala, Haider's mother [8][9] Gertrude
Irrfan Khan Haider's father[10] King Hamlet
Kay Kay Menon Haider's uncle [2] Claudius
Shraddha Kapoor Arshia [11] Ophelia
Narendra Jha
Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Lalit Parimoo
Ashish Vidyarthi
Aamir Bashir
Sumit Kaul
Rajat Bhagat



Initially, Bhardwaj and Kapoor were in talks of making a sequel to their blockbuster film, Kaminey.[12] In an interview with The Times of India, Bharadwaj was quoted saying, "I had always planned to start out with Macbeth. I had read Merchant Of Venice in school but Macbeth was the first play I read as a filmmaker. Taking several creative liberties, I adapted it as Maqbool, following it up with Omkara, an adaptation of Othello. I could have wrapped up the trilogy with either King Lear or Hamlet. I opted for the latter because it had a thread of sexual conflict running through it, which is there in the other two films too." The adaptation was made to portray the political intrigue and history of Kashmir as well as the play's sexual conflicts.[13]As per the story of the book Hamlet, an Oedipus complex exists that draws Hamlet (played by Shahid Kapoor) towards his mother (played by Tabu) that could have been interpreted both at a physical and psychological level, however Bhardwaj kept this reference subtle as the target audience was predominantly Indian and called it 'one of the aspects in this mother-son relationship.' In his previous outing of Othello's adaptation-Omkara he removed the last monologue because I felt it was too stagey but I retained the Hamlet's featured in Haider. Shahid Kapoor learnt a six-page monologue for the climatic scene where his character Haider turns mad. He put forth the delivery of that monologue in front of a crowd of 5000 listening. Just for the requirement of the scene whose filming was done for 3-4 hours, Shahid Kapoor was made completely bald.[14]

Kapoor, along with Bharadwaj and UTV Motion Pictures, each have a 33.3% share in the film. Kapoor reportedly became a producer for the film due to his trust and belief in the film's success. The budget for the film is INR37 crore (US$6.1 million), with INR22 crore (US$3.6 million) going into the production of the film and INR15 crore (US$2.5 million) for promotion.[15]Dolly Ahluwalia has designed costumes for Shahid Kapoor in the film.


Martand Sun Temple where the song "Bismil" was shot

Principal photography began at Dal lake in November 2013.[16]Haider was filmed at Pahalgam, Kehribal area in Anantnag, Mattan, Aishan Sahab Zaina Kadal Bridge in old Srinagar, Nishat Bagh, Dal Lake, Qazigund, Martand Sun Temple, Naseem Bagh (at Kashmir University Garden), Hazratbal and Sonamarg, all these places in the located Jammu and Kashmir[17][18][19]The very beginning of shoot, the portrayal of Kashmir and its people in some of the Bollywood movies had left the locals and the 2014 Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir Omar Abdullah furious. However, the director Vishal Bhardwaj assured the state Chief Minister that the film would have nothing to harm the local sensibilities and the political aspirations.[20]On 24 November 2013, during shooting of film, students of Kashmir University, Hazratbal disrupted the filming, objecting to the hoisting of the national flag atop a makeshift bunker. A few students objected to the shooting of a few scenes and started pro-freedom slogans, dismantling the stage. The youngsters also forced them out of the shooting location in Naseem Bagh (Kashmir University Garden) despite heavy security, claiming that they had no idea about the shoot happening on that location.[21][22] Students of University raised also objection to Irrfan Khan when he was spotted smoking inside the campus.[23]The last schedule of filming for 'Haider' began in Kashmir in January 2014.[24][25][26][27]For the song "Bismil" that was shot at Sun Temple in Kashmir, Shahid Kapoor was quoted saying, "It is one of the best shot songs of my career. The location, the elements like face paint to depict war situations, have been used in 'Bismil'. Then there are 100 feet tall puppets, which I have never seen in any song before."[28]For the choreography Bharadwaj was very keen that Shahid's character Haider doesn't have dance moves that Shahid already did in his previous films as this required the character’s angst and feelings. Bharadwaj recruited Sudesh from Norway for the choreography of this track.[28]The shooting of the film was also halted briefly for a second time in Zainakadal in Srinagar in January 2014, when a spectator threw a firepot towards the actors.[29][30][31][32]The shooting was completed by 24 February 2014.[33][34]


After 41 cuts, the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) gave the film U/A certificate.[35]The scenes that were censored were a truck load of corpses, wire being inserted inside a naked man, a shot of a bloody dead body, abusive words.[35]Apart from this, a shot of a bare back during the song "Khul Kabhi To" was also considered offensive and censored. The Central Board of Film Certification demanded a scene where Haider (played by Shahid Kapoor) cries on seeing flames to be deleted.[35]A confusion arose when Kumar along with an examining committee saw the film and prescribed the cuts. After the film was re-edited, instead of sending it to the revising committee for reviewing, Kumar himself watched the film again and gave it a U/A certificate.[35]Nandini Sardesai, a member of the revising committee told The Times of India that Kumar saw Haider twice and passed it with a U/A certificate. She stated that director of the film Vishal Bhardwaj had apparently agreed to the cuts. Later, Bhardwaj clarified that the CBFC only demanded seven cuts but he himself, in order to tighten the script, gave his film 35 extra cuts.[35]Bhardwaj added that the film being set in Kashmir and associated troubled politics of the state, he knew the film would land in controversies.[35]


Soundtrack album to Haider by Vishal Bhardwaj
Released 15 September 2014
Recorded 2013-14
Studio Satya, Mumbai
The Pierce Rooms, London
Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 40:56
Language Hindi, Kashmiri, Urdu
Label Junglee Music
Producer Vishal Bhardwaj
Vishal Bhardwaj chronology
Dedh Ishqiya

The original songs and score are composed by Vishal Bharadwaj. The soundtrack has nine songs which are of different genres of music. The song, "Roshe Valle" was sung live at the shooting spot by actress Tabu as it was a part of her act.[36]Initially, Bharadwaj wanted it to be it the part of score, he included other version of the track in the album. The track's studio recording was completed in August 2014. Shraddha Kapoor has sung a Kashmiri folk song titled "Do Jahaan" along with Suresh Wadkar. The track "Aao Na" sung by Vishal Dadlani was released as a single on August 11, 2014. The composition dominates Electric guitar instrumnent with the drum kit providing background beats with upbeat rock elements.[37]The track is a narration of protagonist who breaks his own shallows and sets out in Kashmiri valleys for seeking revenge. The track was called "musically energetic, visually it’s vengeful" with composer Vishal Daldani's voice tones ranging from mild to vociferous.[38]The track "Bismil" sung by Sukhwinder Singh was the second single released on 20 August 2014.[28]Firstpost called lyrcist Gulzar's lyrical work richly embellished with tantalising symbols and innuendo that reflect the story of Haider. The song was stated as Bharadwaj's interpretation of the famous play within the play in the original Hamlet.[39]The track marks the point at which Haider (played by Shahid Kapoor) transforms from being conflicted and undecided to committed to the idea of avenging the injustice meted out to his father. At the crux, Hamlet is a young prince grappling with the knowledge that his uncle and mother have conspired to kill his father.[39]In the song, Gulzar's lyrics, (Ik joda tha nar-maada ka, Bholi thi bulbul, nar saada tha) cinematically, the song was made different from the regular song-and-dance routine, thus the choreography more of performance art than a dance number with Shahid Kapoor's angsty expressions and staccato dance steps.[39]The track employs heavy use of violins and oud with the tune infused with Middle Eastern musical influences while retaining a folksy sound.[39]The song has was shot at snow-capped Martand Sun Temple, near Anantnag in Kashmir under presence of over 6,000 locals gathered.[39]The third single "Khul Kabhi Toh" sung by Arijit Singh was released on September 8, 2014.[40]

Shahid Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor launched the music of the film along with Vishal Bhardwaj at Radio Mirchi studios in Mumbai in mid-August 2014.[41]The soundtrack had a digital as well as physical release on 15 September 2014.

Track listing[edit]

The track listing was released on 12 September 2014.[42]

All lyrics written by Gulzar, except Gulon mein rang bhare and Aaj ke naam which are written by famous and revolutionary Urdu poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Aao Na"   Vishal Dadlani 04:16
2. "Bismil"   Sukhwinder Singh 06:06
3. "Khul Kabhi"   Arijit Singh 06:09
4. "Gulon Mein Rang Bhare"   Arijit Singh 05:16
5. "Ek Aur Bismil"   Sukhwinder Singh 04:03
6. "Jhelum"   Vishal Bhardwaj 04:27
7. "So Jao"   Alaap Majgavkar, Sourabh Joshi, Mayukh Sarkar, Muzamil Bhawani, Bashir Bhawani, Bashir Lone 02:06
8. "Do Jahaan"   Suresh Wadkar, Shraddha Kapoor 04:25
9. "Aaj Ke Naam"   Rekha Bhardwaj 04:15


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