The most striking aspect of the movie is that the makers managed to find a 
setting in the Indian history 
to fit the need to the Shakespearean play. It is based in 1995, 
Kashmir, among much unrest between 
India-Pakistan militia and politics.







Watch this movie for three main aspects:


Three scenes that were wonderfully showcased:

  1. Haider’s monologue in the town center.
  2. The portrayal of the song Bismil
  3. The last dialogue between Haider and his mother Ghazala.

The movie guides us through the story of Haider, who returns to Kashmir only to discover that his father is missing, arrested by the Indian militants,in 1995. His search for his father, and the truth that will lead him to understand the events before the arrest occurred, is a rather amazing ride for both the audience and the protagonist himself.


Three particular members of the cast:

  1. Haider (played by Shahid Kapoor) is immaculate! He perfectly draws out the characteristics of an individual who is born in a landscape full of trouble, who was sent away to Ali Garh by his mother Ghazala (played by Tabu) in order to be protected. There is an instant character change in Haider once he discovers the death of his father (played by Narendra Jha) which is beautifully executed. The dramatic amusement that shadows the pain that Haider feels, waiting for vengeance, is breathtaking! At the same time, the creators managed to not play his character all the way over the top, as one would expect from a typical Bollywood blockbuster. You’d be surprised at Shahid Kapoor’s skills, I bet. 
  2. Kay Kay Menon deserves an award for his performance as Haider’s uncle Khurram in the movie. He naturally seems to have played a role of the double-sided character, who would solely commit any act for the loyalty of his country and Ghazala. He just is too damn genuine all over!
  3. Tabu is an absolute delight to watch on screen. Her character manages to stay true to the personality of a protective mother, who would go to any lengths to see the welfare of the child. Ghazala is torn between her loyalty for her husband, her love for her son and the respect for Khurram.

The psychology shift in characters depending upon the situation and environment. At certain points in the movie, you would realize that the characters are driving the plot than otherwise. The nature of the mindsets of the characters is hair raising!

Haider, in a hindsight is a complete Bollywood package, yet with many novelties that Bollywood movies genarally themselves lack. The dark humor, gut wrenching gun-battles and cruelly marvelous dialogue delivery is worth applauding. Go watch it in a movie theater.
– Shaun D’souza
(I study forensics, play beats with my fingers and sometimes take a nap.)
Say hi to me @hunchbakdsouza

Book Review: A Question Of Blood – Ian Rankin

No Spoilers

This 2003 release is the fourteenth novel in the Inspector Rebus series. The book begins with Detective Rebus in the hospital, his hands wrapped in bandages. While Detective Sergeant Siobhan Clarke speculates the cause of the injuries, the author leads us to two cases that Rebus, quite literally , involves himself in.

For Rebus, this crime is personal

An ex-army soldier named Herdman walks into a schoolroom and shoots two of the students, injures another before killing himself. At the same time, Shiobhan’s stalker, Martin Fairstone, seems to have been murdered just moments before a drunk Rebus was seen visiting his residence.

To add to the mayhem, one of the victims of the shooting, Derek Renshaw, is the son of Rebus’s cousin Allan Renshaw, making the whole act even more obsessive for the detective, where he himself begins to see no difference between himself and Herdman.

Of all the books in the series that I have read (including the short series) this plot is indeed the most riveting. The setting seems very lifelike yet random in a very realistic way. Ian Rankin successfully manages to bring every character to life, giving the readers an opportunity to empathize with every one of them. There are times when I could easily feel the relentless exhaustion the characters felt trying to unearth evidence, trying to find a motive behind Herdman’s acts.

The plot leads to a series of various scenes, from drugs to diamonds, music and politics and airplanes (sort of reminds me of a classic Bollywood blockbuster).

In my opinion, the only drawback of the novel is that it is way too long. Rankin doesn’t necessarily provide a justified ending to a novel that took him at least quite a while to set. Furthermore, the biggest answers of the novels were answered thanks to some general blood spatter analysis and crime scene reconstruction, which is presented only in about the last sixty pages or so. There are also some parts that the novel could have done without, those that did not entirely contribute to the plot.

A superb attempt and a definite page turner. The plot is definitely worth the time spent!

– Shaun D’souza

(I study forensics, play beats with my fingers and sometimes take a nap.)

Say hi to me @hunchbakdsouza