Shahid Kapoor: Lover boy turns tragic hero . From Ishq Vishk to Haider, Shahid has surely come a long way. For the man who loved his hair more than anything else, it's hearteneing to see the man go bald for the role, invest so much emotionally and physically. Haider as an innocent Kashmiri student to Haider as youth leader swelled up with revenge, Shahid has managed to hold pathos of the degenerating character intact.
Vishal Bhardwaj: This maverick director has never failed to surprise us. From children-fantasy film Makdee to dark and edgy Haider, we have seen him portray almost all colours of human nature on silver screen with perfection and finess. Vishal is the only director who can recreate Shakespearean tragedy for Indian audience. Remember Maqbool and Omkara?
Vishal's characters remain with you forever. Can you forget Makdee the witch, Abbaji, Maqbool, Charlie, Bhope Bhau, Omkara or langda Tyagi? Besides Shahid, Haider has a number of potentially memorable characters in Tabu, Kay Kay Memon and Irrfan, whose character has not been revealed yet.
Kashmir: We have seen lush greens of Kashmir in Yash Chopra movies. Balmy Sun, colourful shikaras on Dal lake and flower soaked valleys. Kashmir is equally beautiful when it is buried under snow, watch Haider for it. Story of the film unfolds in the peak of winter season. Despite being covered with snow and gloom, India's Paradise touches your heart for its pristine soul.
Tabu: This reclusive actress would never understand why we want to see more and more of her. Haider is her second collaboration with Vishal Bhardwaj after Maqbool. Like in Maqbool it is again she who triggers the series of events in Haider bringing about doom for all. She is the classic Shakesparean heroine, the classic Vishal Bhardwaj heroine.
Shakespeare: He may be an icon of the 16th century but he remains relevant still. His plays are classic and timeless. No wonder he is a popular choice of film-makers across the world. In Bollywood several films have been made on Romeo-Juliet. However, Vishal Bhardwaj for the love for grey, has attempted much more complex works of Shakspeare. Haider based on Hamlet, is the third in the Shakespeare series after Maqbool (Macbeth) and Omkara (Othello).