Director Vishal Bhardwaj and the complete star cast including Shahid Kapoor, KK Menon, Tabu and Shraddha Kapoor and UTV CEO Siddharth Roy Kapoor,were present during the launch in Mumbai.

'Haider' completes Bhardwaj's trilogy of Shakespearean tragedies after he successfully adapted 'Macbeth' in 'Maqbool' and Othello' in 'Omkara'.

"Vishal sir gave me so far the best role of my life in 'Kaminey'. It is amazing to work with him again. It is a rare opportunity and very few actors get to play Hamlet,” Shahid told reporters during the trailer launch of the film, which releases on October 2.

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'Haider' made me feel inadequate as an actor: Shahid

Talking about his role, Shahid said that he felt insecure and uncertain as an actor while playing the character.

“This is one role that makes you feel very inadequate as an actor. When I was on the sets, I used to run to everybody for assurance. I would ask Vishal sir and the cast members 'Do you think I got it right',” he said.
Shahid and Bhardwaj worked together in 2009 film 'Kaminey'.
Bhardwaj on his part said he never thought that the long gestating project would see the light of the day. The director said he chose Kashmir as a backdrop because the family drama of 'Hamlet' fit into the situation.
"Once I imagined this film as an espionage thriller but Gulzarji scolded me, saying 'What are you doing to Hamlet?'. During that time I was reading  Basharat Peer's 'Curfewed Night' and it made a huge impact on me. 'Hamlet' is a family drama and the backdrop of Kashmir suited my story," Bhardwaj said.


The director, who has made beautiful children films like 'Makdee' and 'The Blue Umbrella', is equally famous for his gangster dramas but Bhardwaj does not believe that he is attracted to dark stories.

"I am attracted to human conflict. Negative and positive are within us. These conflicts make stories. 'Hamlet' was written four hundred years ago and its beauty is that you can adapt the story in any situation or culture because it is about basic human conflict," he said.
Shahid, who was last seen in 'R... Rajkumar', says for once it was exciting to play a character which was not black and white.
"Very few filmmakers give you the opportunity to actors which demands from them more than what they are used to giving. Vishal has been that filmmaker. When he calls for you a project, you know that it is not something regular or run-of-the-mill," Shahid said.
Vishal gives me creative freedom: Tabu

Tabu, who has reteamed with Bhardwaj after 'Maqbool', said that she was eager to work with him as he gives her creative freedom.

"I was waiting to work with Vishal again. He gives me the utmost creative freedom when I work," Tabu said.

"He just lets you do whatever you want to do. He just corrects you if he feels it is wrong, but I enjoy working with him," she added.

Further praising her rapport with Bhardwaj, the 42-year-old said, "I think we work very well together."

"We both understand each other very well. We have shared history, we have shared one of the most intense times of my life during 'Maqbool' and he will always be part of that,” she said.

"It was fantastic to work with him," she added.

Tabu has also sung a song in "Haider".


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