Birthday Special: These Are The Most Unconventional Films Of Ace Director Vishal Bhardwaj


Vishal Bhardwaj is one of the most well-known directors in B-Town. He is the Filmmaker who has championed the art of storytelling. He narrates the story with intricate detailing. Vishal is also a musician. has also composed some of the most memorable and melodious songs. And veteran lyricist poet Gulzar has been his partner in quite a few of such endeavors.

As director-composer turns 55 today, his social media is flooded with best birthday wishes for him from his aficionados. Vishal is a multi-talented versatile person. He is the filmmaker who takes a lot of inspiration from eminent playwriter William Shakespeare.

In his long career span, he has made many films that are acclaimed by the people. He touches on various topics through his films. Today on the occasion of his birthday we list 5 best films of Vishal which are unconventional in nature and his best work!

Makdee (2002)

Vishal Bhardwaj’s directorial debut, Makdee, is arguably one of the finest children films that are made in Bollywood. The film has children as the main protagonists, Makdee was a breath of fresh air in the manner that it treated characters and the story.  The film makes a compelling point about the widespread superstition and blind faith in witchcraft in Indian villages. The movie was screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2003. The film features Shweta Basu Prasad, Shanaba Azmi, and Makrand Deshpande.

Maqbool (2003) 

The film was an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth. He has rediscovered Macbeth in our times and conditions. The story is based on the mafia world of Mumbai, Maqboolis a story of a man (Khan) by the same name. Maqbool (Irrfan Khan) is the right-hand man of Jahangir Khan (Pankaj Kapoor), a powerful underworld don. Like the three witches of Macbeth, two corrupt cops, (Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah) predict that one day Maqbool will rebel and claim the throne for himself. Nimmi (Tabu), is Jahangir Khan’s mistress and Maqbool’s secret lover. She instigates him to kill Jahangir -The central act of crime. But murder hangs heavily on his soul and he keeps seeing visions of Jahangir’s ghost. Nimmi too goes mad by guilt and the two lovers are tragically killed when the opposition unites against them. The film is intriguing.

Omkara (2006)

The popular film Omkara was adapted from Shakespeare’s play, Othello. The story revolved around how a politically-minded enforcer’s [played by Ajay Devgn] misguided trust in his lieutenant [Saif Ali Khan] led him to suspect his wife [portrayed by Kareena Kapoor Khan] of treachery. Vishal Bhardwaj has once again proved his skills in providing Othello with a modern Indian context. Omkara is a commentary on the rampant lawlessness and gangster feuds of Uttar Pradesh. Vishal has very well executed the script and dialogue.

7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

7 Khoon Maaf is an intensely dark film that unfolds in shadows. It is the story of a lonely and wronged woman who wanted love and only love from life.  The film is based on a seven-page story by Ruskin Bond. Vishal not only fleshes out the characters and adds immense details to the plot and the narration. Serious, sensitive and stirring, 7 Khoon Maaf is a whole new cinematic experience. The film stars Priyanka Chopra Vivaan Shah, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan Aleksandr Dyachenko Annu Kapoor Neil Nitin Mukesh Naseeruddin Shah in the lead roles.

Haider (2014)

Highly acclaimed by the critics and loved nationwide, Haider is the film that won the hearts of spectators. The director has made the modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and completed his Trio of Shakespearean drama. Haider takes place in 1995 during the Kashmir conflict but it is a lot more than just transpose Shakespeare’s narrative to a new place and time. More than about politics or Kashmir, Haider was, to Bhardwaj, about his father. It was a perfect film altogether with an exceptional cast like Shahid Kapoor, Irrfan Khan, Kay Kay Menon, Shraddha Kapoor, and more.

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