Chapter 8: The importance of highlighting the rotten state: a study of Vishal Bharadwajs Haider (2014) and its subversive strategies
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Unlike many other successful film adaptations of Hamlet, Haider does not limit itself to the narration of the story of its eponymous hero. Instead, it tries to depict the rottenness of its protagonist’s birthplace as the cause of the tragic end that he and the other characters meet at the film’s conclusion. Apart from giving this film a distinct position amongst adaptations of Hamlet, this approach makes the film a notable instance of portraying as well as analyzing problems in our contemporary world through the writings of the Bard. This chapter will explore how Haider engages with the difficult situation in Kashmir by highlighting the role played by problematic models of politics and leadership in this region.

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