Bollywood Hamlet
July 28, 2014 3:41 AM   Subscribe

Welcome to Haider, a Bollywood version of Hamlet set for a controversial, much anticipated release this autumn. Vishal Bhardwaj's latest Shakespearian adaptation turns the Prince of Denmark into a philosophy student from Kashmir, the former Himalayan princedom, who returns home from university after hearing that his doctor father has disappeared and his mother is in a new relationship. View the trailer here - captions available.

Vishal Bhardwaj's previous adaptation of the Bard, Omkara (Othello), reviewed in Variety. View the trailer here (no captions).
posted by Ziggy500 (19 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

god, that looks amazing
posted by Sebmojo at 4:16 AM on July 28

hello.. hello... hello....
posted by Sebmojo at 4:16 AM on July 28

Agreed. Looking forward to seeing this.
posted by GrammarMoses at 4:42 AM on July 28

This does look good. I'm not a big fan of the singing and dancing interludes in general, but this looks interesting enough to be worth it. Added to my Netflix queue.
posted by Dip Flash at 5:16 AM on July 28

Beedi jalaile from Omkara because its Bollywood themed thread, and this must be Cassio
posted by infini at 5:34 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]

I'm back... because I just had to say it... the last thing I expected to see on the blue was a link to Omkara... too many memories of my first college love who danced with me to its soundtrack a quarter of a century later...
posted by infini at 5:36 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]

We live in the middle of a huge South Asian community here in Atlanta, and our local theater regularly sets aside 2 screens for Bollywood. I'm looking forward to this tremendously.
posted by hydropsyche at 5:54 AM on July 28

What! This looks awesome.
posted by Lutoslawski at 6:16 AM on July 28

Vishal Bhardwaj also previously made Maqbool, an adaptation of Macbeth.
posted by Awkward Philip at 6:37 AM on July 28 [2 favorites]

hydropsyche, which theater is that? I would totally go see this on the big screen.
posted by Maaik at 7:01 AM on July 28

Hi, neighbor. The AMC at North DeKalb Mall. It's pretty great.
posted by hydropsyche at 8:24 AM on July 28 [2 favorites]

Oh man, I hope this makes it to one of the art houses in Austin so I don't have to wait for Netflix.
posted by immlass at 8:42 AM on July 28

I'm hyped about this. I loved both Maqbool and Omkara, and Vishal Bharwaj is consistently one of the most interesting Bollywood filmmakers.
posted by bookish at 9:24 AM on July 28

I second that Vishal Bhardwaj is definitely one of the most interesting current Bollywood filmmakers. If you think you know what Bollywood movies are like or have written them off, I recommend taking a look at his to try a different style of Bollywood movie. I particularly liked 7 Khoon Maaf, which had gorgeous cinematography and some great performances.
posted by yasaman at 10:23 AM on July 28 [2 favorites]

If you think you know what Bollywood movies are like or have written them off, I recommend taking a look at his to try a different style of Bollywood movie.

Not directed by him, but I highly recommend Kahaani for anyone who wants to experience a different side to Bollywood. Cannot for the life of me find a trailer with subtitles but there's enough English in there to get an idea of what's going on. It's absolutely brilliant.
posted by Ziggy500 at 10:28 AM on July 28 [1 favorite]

The movie that made me think that Bollywood masala had finally changed its potboiler script was Dil Chahta Hai. Sure they had to kill Dimple off in the end because Auntieji might not like it but she was still a romantic lead who was an alcoholic and divorced older woman who was not a vamp.
posted by infini at 11:53 AM on July 28

So hesitant to open my heart again when all the ones that came before who claimed to be different were just the same script altered slightly for a more international audience... But it does look compelling, albeit a little formulaic and overwrought... Oh I'm so torn...
posted by Mooseli at 2:24 PM on July 28

Wow. I'm there. Greensboro also has a movie house that has a screen or two for Bollywood pretty regularly.

posted by allthinky at 6:54 PM on July 28

This looks fabulous. I have a huge weakness for Shakespearean adaptations in different historical periods. (I blame my parents for taking me to a version of the Tempest with rocket ships.)
posted by korej at 3:55 PM on July 30

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