Haider (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 31 Critic Reviews | Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu


Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Narendra Jha, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Ashish Vidyarthi, Lalit Parimoo, Rajat Bhagat, Aamir Bashir, Sumit Kaul


Haider (2014) PosterVishal Bhardwaj


'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare


Basharat Peer, Vishal Bhardwaj


Vishal Bhardwaj


Pankaj Kumar


Vishal Bhardwaj

produced by:

Vishal Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy Kapur


Weird Aggregate Rating Haider 7.1/10Hindi


Crime, Drama

release date:

Top Rated Bollywood Moviesrun time:
161 minutes
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Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Times of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-8
So, Haider is a brilliant adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet where a new character - Kashmir - joins the drama's kings and queens. Vishal Bhardwaj's Kashmir isn't shikaras and Shammi Kapoor though. Set in 1995, amidst militancy and martial rule, this Kashmir is gray smoke

  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-10
Something is rotten in the state two countries call their own. Not that we've really let that show on screen. Hindi cinema hasn't looked into Kashmir, preferring to gaze at it instead. Haider changes all that, with filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj probing into the valley nimbly and incisively

  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-9
Rejoice. The sensitive storyteller is back in his element. After two memorable films (Maqbool and Omkara), Vishal Bharadwaj completes his Shakespearean trilogy with Haider that’s inspired by Hamlet. The film is set in 1995 in Srinagar, at a time when Kashmir was suffering the most with

  •  India Today -Koel Purie Rating-5
Haider is an adaptation of Hamlet and the final film of Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespearean trilogy. It is the story of a Kashmiri student who's doctor father "disappears", which is a euphemism for the authorities picking up people they believe have information about militants.

  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-4
Given the kind of films that have been releasing recently, what one sees is that there is a certain 'talking point' about every film that is coming out from Bollywood lately. Be it the hero's much-hidden secretive hairstyle, or the suspense of the film or maybe an integral cameo by a

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-9
A humanitarian doctor finds himself fighting for life in Kashmir. When his wife asks why is he treating a militant, he smiles. She asks, “Kiski taraf ho aap”, he replies, “Zindagi Ki.” The doctor goes missing and his son Haider, a poetry student from Aligarh returns to find his realities transformed.

  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-8
While watching the recently released documentary on the National Film Archive Of India founder P. K. Nair (Celluloid Man), they mentioned the list of lost important films Mr. Nair had identified. One of them was 'Khoon Ka Khoon', which was released in 1935 and was based on William

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-7
There is much in Haider that deserves a standing ovation. Let’s start with the courage of director Vishal Bhardwaj. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare’s most difficult and ambiguous texts. It’s also his longest— it takes over four hours to deliver. Hamlet in itself is a beast to be tamed.

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Kusumita Das Rating-8
For years now our filmmakers have let their cameras romance Kashmir. Even when they have tried to capture the violence in the valley, they didn’t stop themselves from highlighting her beauty. But Haider’s Kashmir is not seen from touristy eyes. Set in the mid-90s insurgency

  •  Book My Show -Navin Noronha Rating-7
William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ has been deemed as having a story that is open to endless adaptations. It is also one of the most tragic plays the Bard ever penned down. In the capable hands of Vishal Bhardwaj, the story comes alive once again in the form of Haider.

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-8
Watching Vishal Bharadwaj's HAIDER is like watching a classical concert on stage with 'live' musicians. There's a Violin, Viola and Cello (all stringed instruments from the same family); all these instruments perform in perfect harmony. A flute renders its soulful melody whilst

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-6
Most of William Shakespeare's work is based in a world plagued with constant conflict and strife, a carnal sphere where, ultimately, everything burns. Vishal Bhardwaj's most substantial victory with Haider-an adaptation of Hamlet-lies in his ability to identify such an environment (Kashmir, 1995)

  •  DNA -Sarita Tanwar Rating-7
It is Vishal Bhardwaj's adaption of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The story of a revenge. Haider (Shahid Kapoor) wants to kill his uncle Khurram (Kay Kay Menon) for having his father Hilal (Narendra Jha) killed and marrying his mother Ghazala (Tabu). Haider's love interest is played

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-7
Broadly, there are usually three types of viewers when it comes to a Vishal Bhardwaj film. The first that nonchalantly says they don't understand anything about his films and don't care to. The second that follows and reveres his work. The third that enjoys his films in bits, eager to sample

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-4
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

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-7
In the first few minutes, Vishal Bhardwaj manages to transport you to Srinagar. The stunning visuals captured get all the attention, it just looks mesmerizing. The story of Haider, as we, know is inspired by Hamlet, which completes the filmmaker's Shakespearen trilogy. It's set in 1995

  •  Zee News -Ritika Handoo Rating-8
William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' is a masterpiece in literature, and Vishal Bhardwaj's 'Haider' will be talked about in the same vein as one such artistic product in cinematic history. Without mincing many words, this adaptation is no less than Vishal's earlier credible works such as

  •  Filmi Beat -Priyanka Prasad Rating-6
Haider is the most anticipated movie of the year since a lot of efforts have gone into making this movie, from shooting in a risque location like Kashmir to Shahid going totally bald for his role. Haider has Shahid and Shraddha Kapoor pairing up for the very first time in this modern day

  •  CNN IBN -Rajeev Masand Rating-7
There's a sweeping, operatic quality to Haider, director Vishal Bhardwaj's robust staging of Hamlet against the troubled landscape of Kashmir at the peak of militancy in the mid-nineties. The ongoing insurgency, which has pitted militants and separatists against security forces for decades

  •  The W14 -Mayank Shekhar Rating-4
The word “chutzpah” gets repeated quite often here. It’s an interesting hook, much like that line, “Aife aife, kaife kaife” from Vishal Bharadwaj’s brilliant Kaminey. Besides the extra emphasis on the first syllable of “chutzpah”, making it sound like a Hindi cuss word, there is no real reason

  •  Now Running -Piyush Chopra Rating-8
Few films in India are capable of generating as much excitement as a Vishal Bhardwaj film does. Fewer have the ability to polarize audience reactions as a Vishal Bhardwaj film does. There couldn't be a better example than his 2013 rural rock-and-roll, political satire Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola

  •  India Today -Faheem Ruhani Rating-7
Hamlet is by far one of the most celebrated, most complex and most discussed and debated plays of Shakespeare. Director Vishal Bhardwaj has already adapted Macbeth as Maqbool and Othello as Omkara is his earlier cinematic ventures. Going purely by his past oeuvre, Bhardwaj

  •  Hindustan Times -Sweta Kaushal Rating-8
The movie tells the story of Haider (Shahid) who finds out that his peace-loving, life-saving doctor father (Narendra Jha) has been arrested by the Indian Army. He returns from Aligarh (where he was studying poetry, a passion he shares with his father) to realise that his mother (Tabu) and uncle

  •  Daily Bhaskar Rating-6
Who better than Vishal Bharwaj could portray Shakespeare’s characters on screen? We were expecting nothing less than magic when we heard about Haider, third installment of Bhardwaj's Shakespeare trilogy after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006).And we were not disappointed.

  •  Gulf News -Manjusha Radhakrishnan Rating-8
Chances are pretty slim, because most directors succumb to sanitising their stories to suit popular tastes. But not director Vishal Bharadwaj. He has stoically adapted William Shakespeare’s tragedy Hamlet and transplanted his hero (Shahid Kapoor) from Denmark to the troubled

  •  Rediff -Sukanya Verma Rating-8
By its very virtue, melancholy is a lonely, lingering, tedious and consuming emotional state. It simply cannot be hurried. Except if you persist sympathetically by the side of the man devastated by its grip, the upshot is more heartfelt than ‘words, words, words’ can articulate.

  •  Masala.com -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-8
Very rarely does a director justify the setting of his film. Paris and Prague are often used as pretty props with no thought or purpose. It takes a genius like Vishal Bhardwaj to boldly take William Shakespeare's greatest tragedy Hamlet and set his central character Haider amidst the chaotic

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-6
Starting with neatly told crime boss tale to a haunting effect in Maqbool (Macbeth), mixing desi liquor with Shakespeare wine in ‘Omkara’ (Othello) to a knock out effect, Vishal Bhardwaj’s third and final dip into the Shakespeare valley ‘Haider’ (Hamlet) is technically brilliantly crafted

  •  Manorama -Arathi Kannan Rating-7
Hamlet, roughly translated as ‘Haider’ in director Vishal Bhardwaj’s terms, rises above the banalities of cinema, to an extent. But then again, one wonders how it would have looked like if we weren’t forewarned that it was an adaptation of yet another one of the bard’s classics.

  •  Business Of Cinema -Udita Jhunjhunwala Rating-8
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a fallen hero and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Haider is no different. He is tragically flawed, vengeful and sometimes unhinged. Completing his Shakespearean trilogy with a unique interpretation of the classic play, Bhardwaj and co-writer Basharat Peer locate their film in Kashmir.

  •  Bolly Spice -Anjum Shabbir Rating-8
‘Hamlet’ is a Shakespearean tragedy adapted countless times, on stages and celluloid throughout different nations, cultures and times. Now the sir who adapted ‘Macbeth’ (Maqbool) and ‘Othello’ (Omkara) previously, presents his interpretation of ‘Hamlet’ as Haider.

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Ratings Breakdown-

Rating Scale - Out of 10
Weird Aggregate Rating(WAR) - 7.1/10 (31 Reviews)
Male Critics - 6.9 (15)
Female Critics - 7.3 (16)
Highest Rating - 10 (1)
Least Rating - 4.0 (3)
Most Given Rating - 8.0 (12)

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