'Haider' starring Shraddha Kapoor & Shahid Kapoor

'Haider' official poster starring Shahid Kapoor
'Haider' starring Shraddha Kapoor & Shahid Kapoor

Terming the chance to play the pivotal character in Vishal Bhardwaj’s next as once in a lifetime opportunity, Shraddha Kapoor says that she feels happy to be part of ‘Haider’ at such an early stage in her career

‘Haider’, which is an adaption of William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy Hamlet, completes Bhardwaj’s trilogy of the famous writer۪s tragedies. It features Shahid Kapoor, Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan in the pivotal characters besides Shraddha.

“I still can’t believe that I am a part of Vishal sir’s ‘Haider’. It’s such a surreal experience for me. I am lucky that he has given me this opportunity at such an early stage of my career. It has an ensemble starcast of veteran actors like Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Irrfan. I feel it’s an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Kapoor, told PTI.

Kapoor will be seen essaying the character of Hamlet’s tragic lover Ophelia. “Vishal sir has adapted the play brilliantly with an Indian setting. I am playing a press reporter Arshia, which is am amalgamation of Shakespeare’s Ophelia and Horatio (a friend to Hamlet). I read ‘Hamlet’ in my school but I don’t remember it well. Sir’s (Vishal) script was enough to understand all these characters,” she said.

After grand success of Galiyan in ‘Ek Villain’ (2014) Kapoor has once again voiced a Kashmiri folk song in ‘Haider’. “Arshia is a Kasmiri girl and the role is different. I need to understand the way a Kashmiri girl behaves and Vishal sir helped me with that. Tabu ma’am and I sang for the film but we didn’t sing together,” she said.

‘Haider’, which has been mostly shot in Kashmir, will hit the theatres on 2nd October along with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif starrer ‘Bang Bang’.