‘Haider’ most challenging role for Shahid Kapoor yet

Raj Baddhan

Senior Editor

'Haider' official poster starring Shahid Kapoor
'Haider' official poster starring Shahid Kapoor

As the launch of the theatrical trailer for Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Haider’ gets underway, actor Shahid Kapoor has expressed how taking on the role inspired by William Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ (1603), has been his most challenging role yet.

Talking to the media,��NDTV��reported the actor talking of how he became rather insecure about his performance throughout the shooting of the film, “This is one role that makes you feel very inadequate as an actor. When I was on the sets, I used to run to everybody for assurance. I would ask Vishal sir and the cast members ‘Do you think I got it right?”

Bhardwaj has taken on adaptations of Shakespreare’s play before with ‘Maqbool’ (2004) (Macbeth) and Omkara (2006) (Othello). Set to release on October 2, this will be the second time Kapoor has working with the director, where he goes onto explain how this is a role of a lifetime, “Vishal sir gave me the best role of my life in ‘Kaminey’ (2009). It is amazing to work with him again. It is a rare opportunity and very few actors get to play Hamlet.”

“Very few filmmakers give you the opportunity to act which demands from them more than what they are used to giving. Vishal has been that filmmaker. When he calls for you a project, you know that it is not something regular or run-of-the-mill,” he went onto add.

Talking about his style of film making, Bharwaj was reported saying, “I am attracted to human conflict. Negative and positive are within us. These conflicts make stories. ‘Hamlet’��was written four hundred years ago and its beauty is that you can adapt the story in any situation or culture because it is about basic human conflict.”

‘Haider’ will also star Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan Khan, and is co-produced by Bharadwaj and Siddharth Roy Kapoor.