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Vishal Bhardwaj’s Best Shakespeare Trilogy (Maqbook, Omkara, Haider), Indian Versions at its Best!

A still from Maqbool

If there’s any Indian filmmaker who nearly did justice to Shakespeare’s work, then it’s definitely Vishal Bhardwaj. It’s not an easy task to adapt masterpieces like Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet, further setting them across Indian land and creating characters accordingly. And Bhardwaj has proved it that no one can beat him when it comes to Shakespeare’s adaptations. The filmmaker is widely appreciated for his brilliant inspirations and even it is a treat for the viewers as they enjoy these Indianised versions.

These three adaptations by Bhardwaj are popularly known as Shakespeare trilogy and today we will be talking about these three films and what made them so special that they are highly appreciated by critics as well as the viewers.

Check out the list:


A still from Maqbool

Inspired by Macbeth, Bhardwaj sets the story across the city of Mumbai exploring the underbelly of the Indian underworld in the commercial capital of the nation. The characters are very well written including the two policemen played by Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri, Irrfan Khan as Maqbool, Pankaj Kapoor plays the Godfather and Tabu plays his wife. The sea also plays an important character in the story. The story is thrilling and filled with great factors of human life. Maqbool is a great adaptation, it deserves a watch.


A still from Omkara

Omkara is my favorite one of this trilogy, the story set in modern-day India. A politically-minded leader’s misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife. The leader is played by Ajay Devgn as Omkara, Saif Ali Khan’s portrayal of Langda Tyagi steals the whole show with his cruel plans. The film also stars Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, and Konkona Sen Sharma. A must watch for powerful performances.


A still from Haider

Shahid Kapoor plays Hamlet in this Indian version. The story follows a young man returning to Kashmir after his father’s disappearance to confront his uncle, the man who is responsible for his father’s fate. How he seeks revenge is perfectly captured by Bhardwaj. The film also stars Tabu, Kay Kay Menon and Shraddha Kapoor.

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