Haider is a 2014 Indian crime drama film written, produced and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, and co-written by Basharat Peer. It stars Shahid Kapoor as the titular protagonist, and co-stars Tabu, Shraddha Kapoor and Kay Kay Menon. Irrfan Khan appears in an extended special appearance. The film is both a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet and an adaptation of Basharat Peer's memoir Curfewed Night, set amidst the insurgency-hit Kashmir conflicts of 1995 and civilian disappearances. Haider, a young student and a poet, returns to Kashmir at the peak of the conflict to seek answers about his father's disappearance and ends up being tugged into the politics of the state.

Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by Vishal Bhardwaj,
Siddharth Roy Kapur
Written by Vishal Bhardwaj
Screenplay by Basharat Peer,
Vishal Bhardwaj
(Also Dialogues)
Based on Hamlet
by William Shakespeare
Starring Tabu,
Shahid Kapoor,
Shraddha Kapoor,
Narendra Jha,
Kay Kay Menon
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Production Company VB Pictures
Distributed by UTV Motion Pictures
Release date2 October 2014
Running time162 minutes
Budget₹240 million
Box office₹690 million

Haider is the third installment of Bhardwaj's Shakespearean trilogy after Maqbool (2003) and Omkara (2006). The film was screened at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, and released worldwide on 2 October 2014 to wide critical acclaim, and garnered attention from the media due to its controversial subject matter. The direction, performances of Kay Kay Menon, Tabu and Shahid Kapoor, screenplay, film score and editing received praise and garnered several accolades.

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 AwardsBest Male Playback SingerBest DialogueBest choreographyBest Costume Design, and Best Music Direction.


Actor Role Based on
Tabu Ghazala MeerGertrude
Shahid Kapoor Haider MeerPrince Hamlet
Shraddha Kapoor Arshia LoneOphelia
Narendra Jha Dr. Hilal MeerKing Hamlet
Irrfan Khan RoohdaarGhost (Hamlet)
Kay Kay Menon Khurram MeerClaudius
Kulbhushan Kharbanda Hussain Meer
Lalit Parimoo Pervez LonePolonius
Ashish VidyarthiBrigadier T. S. Murthy
Aamir BashirLiyaqat LoneLaertes
Sumit Kaul(Salman 1) CourtierRosencrantzRajat Bhagat(Salman 2) CourtierGuildenstern
Ashwath BhattZahoor HussainFortinbrasMohommed Ali ShahArmy Major
Anshuman MalhotraYoung Haider


Awards and nominations


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