Vishal Bhardwaj Adaptation of Hamlet 2014 Haider It is amazing in many ways. After reading the play when I was in college, I was excited to see how it would turn out on screen and, needless to mention, I was thrilled with the result. How the director spoke about the difficult social and political aspects of Kashmir, while subtly turning this remarkable tragedy into cinematography, still raises goosebumps. No one has been so bold about Kashmir in mainstream Hindi cinema since then.
Haider Many breathtaking moments, but the one that caught my attention was the song “Bismil”. Google defines the Urdu word as slaughter of a wounded man or sacrifice, and it is interesting how Haydar Mir parallels with his deceased father. In Shakespeare’s original play, something similar happens when Hamlet directs and acts in a play called Mousetrap and essentially points a finger at his uncle to kill his father. In this Sukhwinder Singh song, our anti-hero danced and criticized his mother (Tabu), and fingered Kai Kai Menon (the Uncle’s character in the movie) for his father’s death.
Talking about how it was the first time the famous singer got a chance to perform a genre song, Sukhwinder told Indianexpress.com, “It’s a song, the song tells a story, something that used to happen in the V Shantaram movies. You could say this song is Example for Indian opera.So when Vishal was reciting the song to me, I quickly realized that this kind of expression is something I’m going to do for the first time in my career…so I usually sing effortlessly, but in Bismil, I had to be more subtle on the way, could To say. It wasn’t easy. In the middle, the song goes down and reveals its depth to the audience. It’s about the murder mystery that lies at the core of the film. And she does so through the onscreen visuals, through her poetic lyrics, and through her music and vocals.”
Sharing his reaction when he saw his hard work come to life on screen, the National Award winner said, “First of all, I want to say thank you Vishal Bhardwaj, for giving me the opportunity to sing a song like this. He believed in me. And for that, I really touch his feet. The song made me I feel like I was once again sitting in one of my dreaded math class, but the end result was like “Qiyamat“And when I finally had the chance to see him on the big screen, I was dumbfounded. Also, I must commend Shahid Kapoor, whom I couldn’t help but ask:tom nacht ho ki udte ho bhai?(Did you dance or fly?).
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The last highlight of the song is its poetic lyrics that subtly tell the listener, but tell the listener everything they need to know about the story, and where Haider’s primary concern stems from. Veteran Gulzar, a longtime collaborator of Bhardwaj, did an amazing job of summarizing the entire film into a one-of-a-kind six-minute revenge dance track. The unusual choreography, as well as the use of puppet characters, added that additional, almost theatrical value to the song.
Speaking of choreographer Sudhesh Adhana, who won the National Award for his work on ‘Bismil’, Sukhwinder Singh said, “There was another unique thing about Bismil that you can confirm later with Vishal Bhardwaj. The man who choreographed this choreography had never choreographed anything in his life before.He is from Kashmir.He has no film background or connections.He had some talent.The thing he imagined, the fragrance of that imagination picked up by our filmmaker.There is an Urdu term for this, visualization. ”
This magical fragrance that all these artists wove together has apparently been around long after the movie was released.
You can watch Haider on Netflix.