Trailer: Watch Shahid Kapoor's terrific act in 'Haider'

Director Vishal Bhardwaj has shown his brilliance in adopting Shakespeare’s work in putting them in an Indian context. After ‘Maqbool’ (based on ‘Macbeth’) and ‘Omkara’ (based on ‘Othello’), the director is now ready with the third installment of his Shakespearean trilogy, ‘Haider’, based on the tragedy ‘Hamlet.’  Shahid Kapoor plays the eponymous character. The film also stars- Shraddha Kapoor, Tabu and Kay Kay Menon. Irrfan Khan is also set to make a special appearance. The film is set in the background of rife-torn Kashmir. The director chose ‘Hamlet’ because of the political and emotional conflicts in it. The film is slated for a 2nd October release. Its first look and two posters are out now.

One poster shows a bloody Shahid Kapoor being embraced by a person whose face cannot be seen. The second poster shows Shahid alone, holding a human skull in his hand. The first look photo shows Shahid and Shraddha Kapoor locked in an embrace and about to kiss. This is the first time they are working together and their chemistry will be closely observed by critics and audience alike. 

Shraddha is playing a Kashmiri girl named Arshia, a reporter by profession and has been given a mostly traditional look. On the other hand, Shahid Kapoor’s look in the film became a matter of interest after there were rumors that the handsome actor will be cutting off his signature mane and go bald. For months the new look was guarded carefully. But now the actor as well as the production house UTV has released Shahid’s look. The actor posted one of his photos from the film on Twitter and wrote, “Morning all here's an image from #haider.” The photo reveals that Shahid has not gone bold but has trimmed his hair to a buzz cut. The look goes well with his complex, rugged character.

The entire shooting has taken place in the Kashmir valley with the major part being filmed in Srinagar area. Last year, during shooting in the Kashmir University, Hazratbal campus, the film’s crew faced protests from some students of the University who objected to the hoisting of the Indian national flag. They started raising anti-India slogans and the unit had to pack up. Later director Vishal Bhardwaj assured J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that they will not be hurting local sentiment during shooting. Since then the shooting for the film has stayed mostly trouble free and was wrapped up by February 2014.