Synopsis: Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Haider - a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father's disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces have detained his father for harboring militants, but that his mother is in a relationship with his very own uncle. Intense drama follows between mother and son as both struggle to come to terms with news of his father's death. Soon Haider learns that his uncle is responsible for the gruesome murder, what follows is his journey to avenge his father's death.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Vishal Bhardwaj
Production: UTV Communications
  14 wins & 32 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
160 min


Mother! Oh mother!!

Hang on... Commander...


It's a case of severe appendicitis.

We need to operate immediately.

He is the face of our movement.

We cannot risk going to the hospital.

We will have to

take the risk, Zahoor.

Or tomorrow the press will report...

that Commander Ikhlaq Latif died...

of a terrifying explosion

of his appendix.

I'll arrange an ambulance and

will meet you by the lake in an hour.

Where will you operate?

At home.

- "What is a home?"

"It is brothers and sisters..."

- And sisters.

"And fathers and mothers."

- And mothers.

"It is unselfish acts and kindly sharing."

- Sharing.

"And showing your loved ones

you're always carlng..."

- Caring.

"What is a house?"

Doctor, how are you?

- I am fine.

- You got delayed today...

- Another surgery.

Let the doctor go...

Lower the heat a bit...

And the flames within you...

They can burn this house down!

You'll have the

village burnt to ashes.


- Yes.

Do you know what you're doing?

Exactly what a doctor

should be doing.

Which side are you on?

I am for life.

- Move.

Salam Alaikum! This is Gul Khan.

It's a cordon and search operation.

Every man and boy is ordered to assemble

in the school grounds immediately.

Women and children may stay home.

It's a cordon and search operation.

Every man and boy is ordered to assemble

in the school grounds immediately.


There's a crackdown in our village.

Every man and boy is ordered to assemble

in the school grounds immediately.

- This crackdown may go on all day...

This before meals, this afterwards.

If the pain gets worse, inject this.

Be careful...

If they suspect something...

no one will survive.

Neither you...

nor I...

And Haider?

God is his guardian.

He will take care of him...

- Save me... Oh, Lord!

- I don't know!!

- Ikhlaq Latif...

Surrender yourself...

- Indian law will give you a fair trial.

Lay down your weapons

and come out.

- You don't have a chance.

Surrender or die.

Sir... Ikhlaq Latif is alive...

We have killed the

other two millitants.

Shall we send in reinforcements?

No bloody militant

dead or alive...

is worth my soldier's life...

In the name of Allah

most merciful...

- Load...



Everybody line up outside

with your IDs and bags.

Where are you going?


You are coming from?

- Aligarh.

What do you do there?

I'm a student.

College ID?

Subject of research?

Revolutionary poets of British India.

Which town do you belong to?


- The captain is out at the check post...

Any message for him?

Salam Alaikum!


- Sir, I want to interview you...

Go ahead... interview me now...

Ah, thanks!


I'll thrash you!

Your love for Kashmir...

is expressed as Islamabad?


Sir, Islamabad is another name

for Anantnag.

I know.

But for us...

there's just one Islamabad.

In Pakistan...

Nice poems

Rather difficult though.

Be careful with such beautiful inspiration.


Take this.

Haider, that burrito

wouldn't budge.

I told him that you are a poet,

not a militant.

And we are engaged to be married.

He wanted proof.

I told him to read your diary.

You wrote your poems for me...

since childhood.

Where are we going?

To see your mother.

Where is she?

At your uncle's.

Stop the car.

I have to go home.


There isn't much of a home

left in what remains...

Father, wait...

I'm running late...

- Won't take long...

Let the petals fill with colour...

Let the breeze ruffle the spring...

Let the breeze ruffle the spring.

The next verse?

Let the breeze ruffle the spring...

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Basharat Peer

Basharat Peer (born 1977) is a Kashmiri journalist, script writer, author, political commentator, and separatist, hailing from Kashmir and currently based in New York City. He is currently an Opinion editor at The New York Times (International).Peer is a fellow of the Open Society Institute in New York, a George Soros initiative. He maintains that both India and Pakistan are occupying forces in Kashmir and often calls the Indian-administered part of Jammu and Kashmir as Indian-occupied Kashmir. more…

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