7 Essential Vishal Bhardwaj Films

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Maqbool (2003) - Prime Video

Based on Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, Maqbool is a gritty crime drama set in the Mumbai underworld. Bhardwaj's adaptation skillfully transports the themes of ambition, power, and betrayal to the backdrop of contemporary Indian society.

Omkara (2006) - JioCinema

Inspired by Shakespeare's Othello, Omkara is a powerful tale of love, jealousy, and political intrigue set in rural Uttar Pradesh. The film boasts a stellar cast including Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan, and Vivek Oberoi.

Kaminey (2009) - Netflix

Kaminey is a dark comedy-thriller that follows the lives of identical twins, played by Shahid Kapoor, whose paths diverge due to circumstances beyond their control. Vishal Bhardwaj's direction, gripping storyline, and memorable soundtrack earned critical acclaim for the film.

Haider (2014) - Netflix

Adaptation of a Shakespearean tragedy, "Haider" is based on "Hamlet" and set against the backdrop of the conflict in Kashmir. The film stars Shahid Kapoor in the titular role, alongside Tabu, Kay Kay Menon, and Shraddha Kapoor.

Ishqiya (2010) - JioCinema

Directed by Abhishek Chaubey but produced by Vishal Bhardwaj, Ishqiya is a black comedy thriller that revolves around two small-time crooks, played by Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, who find themselves entangled with a femme fatale, portrayed by Vidya Balan.

Dedh Ishqiya (2014) - Prime Video

A sequel to "Ishqiya," this film con5tinues the adventures of Khalujaan and Babban, played by Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi, as they encounter a new set of challenges and romantic entanglements.

7 Khoon Maaf (2011) - Netflix

Based on Ruskin Bond's short story Susanna's Seven Husbands, 7 Khoon Maaf follows the tumultuous life of Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes, played by Priyanka Chopra, and her quest for love.

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