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Haider Rating: 3.55/5

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Haider Hindi Movie Review

Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN

A few such hiccups aside, Haider is an elegant, thrilling film that casts a brave, unflinching eye on the Kashmir struggle. In deviating from the original ending of Hamlet, it also makes a necessary point about the cyclical nature of revenge and violence.Its deliberate pacing may not work for all, but this is a solid, well-acted movie that deserves your time. I’m going with three-and-a-half out of five. To see or not to see? Do you really have to ask?

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Hindustan Times

There is much in Haider that deserves a standing ovation The result is a film that is problematic and far too long, but also thrillingly ambitious and powerful. But I can guarantee that you will emerge from Haider shell-shocked. And when was the last time a Hindi film did that to you?

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Hungama Network Site:Bollywood Hungama

HAIDER is interesting only to a certain extent. The film, that starts off on a promising note in the first half slowly losses its fizz as the story progresses. On the whole, HAIDER is targeted more at niche multiplex audience and not for the masses, which may work against the film. Add to that, the lesser number of screens available for the film and its release alongside the gigantic competitor film BANG BANG may just see the film struggling at the Box-Office.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Shibani Bedi Site:NDTV

Haider, directed, co-produced and co-scripted by Mr Bhardwaj, is about making sense of chaos, finding sanity in insanity, and sympathising with the sinners. Shot amid the breath-taking beauty of the valley, Haider glorifies gore. It makes you justify death and it leaves you speechless. Missing it will not be the best decision of your life.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times Of India (TOI)

Haider is a brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet where a new character – Kashmir – joins the drama’s kings and queens.Sometimes, Haider wanders – elaborate background music frames some scenes too richly while the second half could’ve been tighter. But these are tiny ripples on this filmi lake. For the most, Haider is superb, witty, violent, tragic – magic. To see or not to see is no dilemma here. Don’t miss Haider – he’s got chutzpah like none other.

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Ratings:5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff

This is not a simple adaptation, this takes not a simplistic stance; Haider is a remarkable achievement and one of the most powerful political films we’ve ever made, a bonafide masterpiece that throbs with intensity and purpose.The result is a knockout, a film that makes you smell corpses, that makes you shudder with melancholia, and a film that points accusing fingers. A film that doesn’t flinch. Is Haider Vishal Bhardwaj’s best film? 

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express

Vishal Bharadwaj’s third Shakespearean adaptation,` Haider’ urf `Hamlet’ is a spectacular looking film, each little detail of set and setting perfect. Where it falters is in telling the story it sets out to : the result is a gorgeous but choppy film that you cannot take your eyes off for fear of losing another exquisite piece of detailing; it is also one that fails to fully keep you with it.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Koel Purie Site:India Today

Vishal had all the ingredients right but is terribly let down by a confused and meandering screenplay. I wanted to shout Hara-kiri. He has always made films that the audience has to play catch up with. In Haider he treats us like fools – over narrates and goes into flashback to explain every little point.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Shubha Shetty Saha Site:Mid Day

While Vishal Bharadwaj brings alive the ecstasy, pain and passion of Hamlet on screen, he also reminds us of the harsh truth in our own backyard, the man-made mayhem in the God-made jannat that is Kashmir. All this done with his classic poetic touch intact. The second half dips a bit before it picks up again with an unforgettable climax. Please watch this film. It has chutzpah  and a lot of soul too.

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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi

Haider is rare film that will go down in cinematic history as a bold move that detaches Kashmir from the its usual depictions and dares to lay it bare. Even if you are fluent with Hamlet, there will be alot you can take away from Haider. I guess, this film is the best all those who are associated with it can get.

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  1. this movie has done injustice to sacrifices done by Indian Army and has glorified a wrong cause

  2. Well known for offbeat films, Vishal Bharadwaj is one of the most established directors of hindi cinema. The man left the world drooling with films like ‘Omakara’, ‘Maqbool’ and ‘The Blue Umbrella’. Not only this, the director has also gained international recognition with several international film festival awards. No matter, your expectations already increase with each and every film of his.
    An adaptation to Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, ‘Haider’ is Vishal Bharadwaj’s latest offering to you.

    Haider (Shahid Kapoor) returns home, from Aligarh, on being told that his father has been picked up by army and gone missing. As soon as he reaches home, he also finds out that his mother Ghazala (Tabu) has moved to his uncle Khurram’s (Kay Kay Menon) house. Haider, obviously, does not approve of this because he still believes that his father is alive somewhere. Haider begins to search his father in almost every possible military and detention camp.
    One fine day, Haider is visited by a stranger named Roohdaar (Irrfan Khan) who tells him about his father and asks him to take revenge of his death from Khurram. What happens next?

    Haider depicts the story of Kashmir, its people and their survival. The film not only captures the scenic beauty of Kashmir but also the terror and fear of the people living there. A perfect irony on what we call ‘India’s most beautiful place’.
    Nevertheless, Haider has a long running time of 165 minutes which remains the only cause of concern. The first half is slow and the film only picks up 10 minutes before the interval.

    Haider is supported by some very strong performances. Shahid Kapoor has delivered his best performance till date. He would sure leave you mesmerized. Tabu is outstanding and equally compliments Shahid. Wow, it’s good to see her after so long. Kay Kay Menon is terrific. Irrfan Khan, though in a cameo, is excellent. Shraddha Kapoor is okay.

    If you wish to watch some meaningful cinema, Haider is for you. Go watch it now! You don’t get to see such films in Bollywood very often.

    Rating- 3.5/5

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  3. 1. Kay Kay Menon is fabulous
    2. background Music is too harsh in many sequences
    3.Last 40 minutes is all crap
    4.Irfan Khan role is botched
    5. Haider's Father is a traitor.. that aspect is glossed over by Bharadwaj.
    Haider is never shown as confronting that truth.
    .This is the fundamental flaw none of the reviewers and bloggers want to address.

  4. Actually all the people cursing 'Haider' and praising bang bang are intersted in watching salman khan and south action type movies;

    They must understand that cinema has to show other types of issues also than just delivering mind bursting entertainment.

    Haider is a quality film……those who disagree,they don't have mind of thier own and just spoonfeeding films!!!!!

  5. For Haider I can say itzz a intelligent cinema boss jo har kisi ki samajh mein nahi aata bas entertainment mv dekh lete jismein dimag ghr rakh ke jana hota lolzz anyws haider has clltd for abt 90cr wrldwide n declared hit as well n itzz still cllctng.
    Grt performances spclly shahid kapoor ab koi bachcha ya choclate boy nahi kahega, intelligent way of syry tllng n screenplay, aswm locations n over all 1of the bst mv of bollywood till yet who also won ppl choice awrd in rome film festival wch has hppnd frst tm in the history of indian cinema :-)..
    4/5 ratings..

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