Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj did Haider for free!

Director Vishal Bhardwaj and actor Shahid kapoor did not charge a single penny for Haider.

The film is so special for the actor and director that they both forgo their remuneration to save the movie from going over-budget or compromise on quality.

Bhardwaj told a tabloid, “When he started planning the film, both Shahid and I agreed that it had to make money from day one. But, we also knew that Haider was a big film with a huge budget, an ensemble cast and lavish action pieces. Filming in Kashmir added to the costs. The only way we could succeed in our endeavour was not to burden the film with our remunerations. We kept the secret between us for a long time but it’s finally out.”

 First trailer of Haider is out now and from the look of it we can understand how special the film is for the actor-director duo.

Infact the director believes Shahid is the finest ‘actor in his age group’.

Praising his lead actor, Bhardwaj told the tabloid, “Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, has some really long monologues and so does Haider. Listening to Shahid deliver those wordy pieces on my headphones I was reminded of Naseer (Naseeruddin Shah) and Pankaj Kapur”.

Shahid and Vishal have worked before in Kaminey, where Shahid played double-role of twin brothers, one having lisp and the other stammered.

Haider, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is the third in triology after Maqbool (MacBeth) and Omkara (Othello).

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