Bollywood filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj hopes to bring a moving theatre to Kashmir for the screening of his upcoming release Haider. A request for special screenings of his adaptation of Hamlet in the valley is now with the state's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in the lead up to its global release on October 2. The film was shot in Kashmir.
Vishal Bhardwaj arrives for the trailer launch of Haider with his wife Rekha. (AFP Photo)
"We have sent a proposal to Mr Omar Abdullah because there are no working theatres in Kashmir and I really want Kashmiris to experience this film on a bigger screen," Bhardwaj told PTI during a visit to London this week.Also read: Vishal Bhardwaj resumes work after protests stall Haider shoot
"We are proposing a kind of moving theatre which can be set up in an outdoor location where Kashmiris can catch maybe one show a day once it's dark. I really hope the proposal gets accepted," added the writer-director-musician.
Haider was shot during 'chillai kalan' (40 coldest days in December and January in Kashmir) with many of the locals doubling up as part of the crew. The film completes Bhardwaj's Shakespearean trilogy, following Maqbool (2003), adapted from Macbeth, and Omkara (2006) which was based on Othello.
"Hamlet is a very coveted part. It's a huge compliment just to be considered for it and very daunting to actually play it. You really do feel 'to be or not to be' as an actor towards the end of it," said Shahid Kapoor, who plays the lead role of Haider based on Shakespeare's tragic Danish prince.
He had to undergo a major transformation for his part, including going bald and wearing lenses to have a lighter shade of eyes to fit into the milieu of Kashmir. "I am very comfortable in uncomfortable spaces as an actor. My look is drastically different from anything I have done before but eventually it is the mental journey of the character that has to be interpreted besides the physical," he added.Watch: Haider trailer
The actor has been reunited with Bhardwaj after their 2009 box-office hit Kaminey and its sequel Maha Kaminey is expected to follow Haider.