Apr 12, 2020

Haider is a 2014 Indian crime drama, the film was written ,produced and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and  was co-written by Basharat Peer. It stars Shahid Kapoor and Tabu in the lead role, along with Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon. Irrfan Khan appears in an extended special appearance.

The movie was released on 2nd October 2014, the film was a success at the box office and garnered attention from the media due to its controversial subject matter.

Haider was the first Indian film to win the People’s Choice Award at the Rome Film Festival. Among several awards and nominations in India, the film won five National Film Awards like Best Male Playback Singer, Best Dialogue, Best choreography, Best Costume Design, and Best Music Direction.

The story of the movie tells: Haider Meer has returned back to his hometown in Kashmir after finishing studies and learns that his father Dr Hilaal Meer has disappeared thanks to the armed forces. As Haider tries to search for his lost father, he gets surprised as he finds the behaviour of his mother Ghazala and chacha Khurram and their closeness fishy. Haider faces a lot of obstacles as expected. How he unearths the truth and how it transforms him and also his loved ones is what Haider is all about.

Haider collected ₹536.9 million (US$7.5 million) from domestic screens after its third week in theatres

Pankaj Kumar’s cinematography is stunning and has done a great job as some scenes of the film are a visual treat, the beauty of Kashmir fills up the screen while you get lost in the fragrance of Gulmohar and icy waters of Jhelum However, the beauty and mysteries of Kashmir are brilliantly captured by the lensman.

There’s no doubt that Shahid Kapoor gives his best performance and he proved his versatility in romantic and comic avatars. But with Haider, he proves that he’s an all-rounder. Give him any role, guide him well and he can ROCK big time! Haider is no easy role but Shahid slips into the character effortlessly.

Tabu has given outstanding performance. Her conversations with Shahid are brilliant, Kay Kay was get recognition and loads of praise by this role, he’s so awesome, Shraddha Kapoor was lovely and though she was a supporting role, she leaves a mark. Irrfan Khan was the most powerful character in the film, His heroic entry, with loud background score and all, is too good and performance-wise he is terrific.

Haider is a film you will never forget for all reasons from direction to star performances to dialogues to scenery, While a few bits are predictable, the film overall follows the ‘expect-the-unexpected’ formula. For most part of the film, one can never guess what’ll happen next. This applies especially in the climax

The Indian cinema should highlight such sensitive matter, to bring in focus the problems faced by our society. Kashmir is the part of us & the people out there are getting crunched between the military & the militants.