Hindi drama film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and co-written by Basharat Peer and Bhardwaj. Starring Shahid Kapoor in the titular role, the film features Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor, and Kay Kay Menon in lead roles, alongside Irrfan Khan in a special appearance. Haider is the third installment of Bhardwaj’s Shakespearean trilogy after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006).
The film is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, that is set amidst the armed Indian-administered insurgency-hit Kashmir conflicts of 1995 and civilian disappearances. In this adapted play, “Haider” is a poet who returns to Kashmir at the height of the insurgency to find his disappeared father and ends up tugged into the politics of the state during this search. The film was screened at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, and released worldwide on October 2, 2014 to major critical acclaim, garnering wider attention from media due to its controversial backdrop. The direction, performances of Shahid Kapoor and Tabu, screenplay, film score and editing received positive response from film critics.