Shahid Kapoor as Haider in the second half, etches an unforgettable performance. The support cast are brilliant, but the real protagonist of the movie is Kashmir.
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Ashish Vidyarthi,
Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
Producer: Vishal Bharadwaj, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Music: Vishal Bharadwaj
Rating : 3.75/5 (Watch for Shahid in second half, Kashmir, good cinema)
“Revenge begets revenge. Unless one gets freedom from a revengeful mind, doesn’t realize true freedom” is the big message from Haider.
Vishal Bharadwaj’s latest release is a painting of blood and gore over the serene and exotic Kashmir canvas. He does a fusion of two extreme schools of filmmaking – Anurag Kashyap and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Kashmir is shown as beautiful as Swiss alps and so chilly that I started feeling colder than usual in the movie hall. The pace is slow, the settings, dark, gloomy and grim; but await the timely jolts.
The improving state of Kashmir can be gauged by the number of movies being shot on location there and friends visiting the state in the last decade or so (compared to the situation before). To those who haven’t yet made it to Kashmir, including yours truly, our perception of the northern tip of our country is based on pictures shared by friends, Bollywood movies and news.
Location shooting in Kashmir brings that extra edge to movies – most movies shot in the picturesque locales range from good to brilliant – Henna, Mission Kashmir, 3 idiots, Yahaan, Dil Se, Fanaa, Lakshya, Roja, Highway to name a few. Haider doesn’t break that trend. Neither does it paint the army in bad blood as claimed by the few circulating “Boycott Haider” text messages.
Traditionally Bollywood has liberally painted negative images of political leaders, government officials and the police; but always showed the army in positive light. In Haider, the army are shown doing their job and following instructions of their seniors. If one senior employee is unscrupulous, it does not paint the whole organization black.