Bangalore: Vishal Bhardwaj’s ambitious rendition of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, ‘Haider’, has become the latest victim of the sharp scissors of the censor board, with 41 cuts before getting a U/A (Unrestricted Public Exhibition-But With Parental Guidance) certificate.
A truck load of corpses, wire being inserted inside a naked man, a shot of a bloody dead body, Shahid Kapoor crying on seeing flames, are some of the scenes deleted from the movie.
Interestingly, the Vishal Bhardwaj-Basharat Peer scripted movie, was the last film to be censored by CBFC’s suspended CEO, Rakesh Kumar, who is currently in judicial custody after being accused in a bribery case.
Haider, the latest in Bhardwaj’s list of adaptations of Shakespeare, has Kashmir at the heart of the story, with Peer’s acclaimed international bestseller, ‘Curfewed Night’ as its source.
“The film is an attempt to answer the stereotypical, jingoistic films Bollywood has made about Kashmir. Every character in the film is a Kashmiri—a doctor, a lawyer, teacher, a research scholar, a police officer. These are people who have agency and they’re not just victims,” Peer has said about his debut entry.
Haider, which also stars Tabu and Kay Kay Menon, is set for release on October 2.