The thing that’s wrong with ‘Haider’5 min read 06 Oct 2014, 03:48 PM IST
Haider is one of the most intelligent Hindi films I have seen in quite some time. And it left me totally cold
As I walked out of the hall while the end credits of Haider were rolling on the screen, the first thought that struck me was that director Vishal Bhardwaj’s problem is exactly the opposite of Jethro Tull’s opening lament in Thick As A Brick: “I can make you feel but I can’t make you think." Bhardwaj can make us think but he can’t make us feel. We are dazzled by his imagination as he transposes Hamlet on Kashmir and makes Shakespeare’s drama totally indigenous; we are impressed by his mastery over his craft—from cinematography to editing to his attention to every detail in recreating the milieu to the tight control he maintains over the pace of his film. But at the end, we empathize with none of the characters, even as they brood, weep, grieve, scream, lose their sanity.