7 Top-Notch Characters in Vishal Bhardwaj Films

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Makdee - Makdee (2002)

Bhardwaj's directorial debut gave us this stunning performance from Shabana Azmi as Makdee, the "evil witch". Her transformation from village outcast to vengeful force of nature is a masterclass in acting, balancing terror with unexpected moments of vulnerability.

Nimmi - Maqbool (2003)

In Bhardwaj's first film in his Shakespeare trilogy, inspired by Macbeth, Tabu embodies the fiery ambition and cunning manipulation of Nimmi (Lady Macbeth), Maqbool's lover and catalyst for his downfall, showcasing the complexities of female ambition in a patriarchal world.

Nandkishore Khatri - The Blue Umbrella (2005)

Vishal Bhardwaj's playful adaptation of the Ruskin Bond novel of the same name features Pankaj Kapur as an envious shopkeeper, an interesting contrast to the childish innocence of Biniya, the central character.

Langda Tyagi - Omkara (2006)

This unique adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello gives us Saif Ali Khan's bone-chilling portrayal of the underworld's manipulative puppet master whose sly grin and hidden motives add intrigue to the narrative.

Charlie/Guddu - Kaminey (2009)

Vishal Bhardwaj's cult favourite action flick featured eccentric central characters, identical twins with speech impediments both played by Shahid Kapoor in a brave departure from his usual roles.

Susanna - 7 Khoon Maaf (2011)

Vishal Bhardwaj's second Ruskin Bond adaptation brings to life this controversial character of an unhinged woman who murders each of her husbands who mistreat her, challenging the audience's moral compasses.

Roohdaar - Haider (2014)

Bhardwaj's adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy Hamlet presents us with another beautifully grey character, who is actually the heart of the film- the quiet Roohdaar, Haider's deceased father's close friend with ambiguous intentions, portrayed by Irrfan Khan.

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