A student of English most probably may find an adaptation of Shakespeare always interesting. Because it is from Shakespeare, the bard, and purists imagine him with a halo! Although, my most vivid memory of Shakespeare is the clue of “the shaking of the hand and throwing a spear” for our dumb charades practice sessions in school. For all you know, Hamlet may have been written by Marlowe. (Gaiman does some mind twisting scripts with the Sandman series bringing in marlowe, shakespeare and dream together in one platform.)
Therefore, haider becomes something of value, haider becomes one of those must watch films not to be missed. It may also be counted as a level of obsession.
If you have parents who have studied English academically, you may have grown up with Shakespeare.
Initially, we read stories with pictures, those paint the picture and read the story kinds; then we graduated into the abridged prosaic versions and finally to the drama proper in the original. This may have been preceded by bed time stories. Reading and trying to understand old English is a pain, worse when the text at hand is in blank verse. However, read we must, for that is the prescribed text and marks come with answers to questions based on an exercise in annotation for the boards!
Shakespeare is one man who has created a deep impression in many souls. When I started college, the syllabus had undergone a change. We were taught just one play from the bard! Sacrilege!!! Othello. Therefore, watching and critiquing Omkara is always an exercise in smugness.
Was it something to mourn about, may be may be not, but my teachers later focused on the minor plays of Shakespeare as the major ones were something we would any way read and study.
Have I read all of Shakespeare, no. Have I read Hamlet, yes. Do I own a copy of the complete works of the bard, yes. Have I seen the originals, yes and no.
It becomes something of a trump card to watch Haider, even to talk about it. Aaargh. One because it is inspired from Hamlet. Two, it is from Vishal Bhardwaj. In a day and age when most of us associate films with the director, the production house alongside the on screen cast, Bhardwaj is a big name in Bollywood with reference to Shakespeare, and commercial yet not main stream cinema. Even the use of the word cinema is profoundthe terms, film and movie seem too commercial to be tagged along with this director. It somehow seems to rupture the halo he has inherited from the English Bard.
Haider then is a must watch, for such pursuits. I picked up Vishal Bharadwaj’s original screenplay of Maqbool recently.. he wrote with Abbas Tyrewala. (that latter part is fyi :), if you wanted to now what I was reading these days :P) And, I have been addicted to this song .. Vaanam Parthen from Kabali (2016), the song, the lyrics, the love, the intensity, the emotion! Have a hear..