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  • This film is, in short, a masterpiece. A unique interpretation on Shakespeare's "Macbeth", "Maqbool" features Irrfan in one of the most brilliantly executed roles of modern cinema. He remarkably inhabits the skin of a character who is muddled, murderous, and maniacal. Pankaj Kapoor, as the invincible Abbaji, is astonishing in his portrayal of the Muslim Mob Boss. Truly an incomparable performance. As for Tabu, she is PERFECTION. This is not Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth- she is equally fierce, but given a softer and more shadowy countenance. Tabu is officially a text book of acting (take note, screen queens Rani, Preity, Aish, Madhuri, and the rest- this is what a REAL actress can do). Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri give expert portrayals. Kudos to Bhardwaj for creating a film which is not only unconventional, but eerily radiant. Ram Gopal Verma and Mani Ratnam now have company as India's most innovative filmmakers.
  • Give Vishal Bharadwaj a solid pat on the back, and sit back waiting for his next movie. This man seethes brilliance in his film-making. His dialogues, his script, his music, and his direction - all are top-notch, and as I said, this movie proves that Makdi was no fluke.

    The movie is based on Macbeth; and oh does it stay faithful to the story. For setting, Vishal trades the Lord & Lady for 'Bhai' (Gangster) and Mistress in today's Mumbai underworld complete with corrupt cops, loads of handguns and conniving politicians.

    The story follows Maqbool (Macbeth: Irfan Khan), the right-hand man of Abbaji (King Duncan: Pankaj Kapoor) - the most powerful and influential ganglord in Mumbai. Abbaji's mistress Nimmi (Lady Macbeth: Tabu) falls in love with Maqbool & inspires him to kill Abbaji and take-over his empire. What they did not expect was the surfacing of guilt, and loyals to Abbaji.

    Vishal projects the story from inside the crime-family, playing with the loyalties of the viewer. Every character is built deep; you can't find yourself rooting for or against anyone, so justified is each in his/her actions. Add to that the wonderful dialogues & screenplay hiding a mock to reality, society and movies. Watching this movie alone at home, I applauded on a regular basis - so fulfilling was the experience.

    The best 'character translation' of the play for me was morphing the three witches that haunt Macbeth into the two corrupt cops, as played by the brilliant-to-a-fault Naseeruddin Shah & Om Puri. The two actors signed up for the smaller roles just to have a chance to work with each other after a long time, and oh are there sparks on screen. If this was Hollywood, we would see a spin-off on their characters. Most of the hum-our-draped satire comes from these two, and it is the kind of hum-our you shake your head at, not roll laughing at. Although I like Naseer more, Om gets and does the better part here.

    Irfan Khan IS the successor of these two actors. He again portrays a character as if he was born to play it. From his matter-of-fact way of delivering lines to the screamingly clear eyes, he is a treat to watch. Tabu plays Lady Macbeth as her usual self. Nothing beyond competent, but nothing below either.

    And Pankaj Kapoor: He again proves how under-rated he is. From the tormented scientist in Ek Doctor ki Maut to the hilarious possessive father in Chameli ki Shaadi, this guy has done all of the variety and is as good as the best, but never got the recognition that Naseer & Om got. Indeed, Kapoor redefines the Indian gang lord, and surpasses all previous attempts at such a role. His Abbaji is the most captivating character in the movie, yet the most firmly rooted in reality. It defines: If Mumbai has a Godfather, this is he or how he should be.

    Each of the actors that have portrayed their respective characters, I can't think of even one major character being replaced by any other in bollywood.

    I rate this film 4.5 of 5

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    Trivia: - The first scene of the movie shows a minion with Naseer & Om Puri. This thin faced bald actor is the co-screen-writer Abbas Tyrewala putting in a cameo. - Naseerudding Shah conducted a workshop for all actors in the movie for a few days before start of filming, to get everyone in character and for natural interactions. - Shekhar Kapoor saw this movie at a European (I forget which) Film Festival, and offered Vishal a movie then & there. They discussed plans till dawn. - Macbeth is Vishal's favourite play. He wanted to make a movie for mature audiences after his debut with the children's movie Makdee (Shabana Azmi played the witch for free in that one!)
  • ozzyrocks8620 February 2004
    I just watched this film and I must say I was stunned. A modern day adaptation of Macbeth, director Vishal Bharadwaj takes full advantage of his hugely talented cast, and full kudos to his direction. He is one to look out for! Performance-wise, Om Puri and Nasseruddin Shah are good, Tabu is great, and Irfan Khan is mind-blowing. But it is Pankaj Kapur who steals the show. He's such an amazing performer. Overall, Maqbool is a class act. Watch it right now!
  • bn08091 February 2004
    Here is a movie that makes you sit up and take notice of a brilliant director, who entered the film stream as music director. Vishal's progress as a director is astounding!

    The film is adapted from Shakeaspere's "Macbeth", using Mumbai underworld as the backdrop. Charecterizations are brillaint, with the witches in Macbeth, being metamorphosed into two corrupt cops.

    The screenplay, cinematography, sound design are dialogues are brilliant. The performances from all the 5 key players, Irrfan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, and the two cops, Naseer and Om Puri are out of the world. Music is imaginative with captive visualizations.

    Credit for the entire movie should go to Vishal, for his outstanding conceptualization and execution. A special word, for cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi. His final shot of Irrfan falling on the ground in the hospital, with a slow motion of a pigeon, followed by a changing color from normal light to serene green, followed by the fall with a tilted camera is worth going miles for! Bravo!
  • Vishal Bhardwaj has proven Rudyard Kipling wrong. West does meet East.

    I just came back after watching Maqbool directed by Vishal Bhardwaj (remember Makdee or the music director of Maachis?).

    And i am stunned. In this brilliant film, Macbeth meets Mumbai with such ease that i didn't think it would be possible.

    It is an adaptation of Shakespeare's MACBETH. Only Duncan is the king of underworld (Abbaji - Pankaj Kapoor). Macbeth is Mian Maqbool (Irfan Khan). Lady Macbeth is Nimmi (Tabu). Macduff is Kaka (Piyush Mishra)

    And the kingdom is present-day Mumbai.

    Around them are India's best acting talents: Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, and Ajay Gehi.

    This film is slightly different from Macbeth though. Macbeth is driven by his love for the throne. Maqbool is driven by his love for Nimmi.

    He murders Abbaji and declares himself the leader of the gang. The underworld is in a state of shock and everyone suspects Maqbool. But no one dares raise a voice against him. Maqbool then goes on to murder his close friend Kaka to gain absolute power.

    He is led (or misled) in his endeavour by two corrupt cops. (Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah). They essay the role of the three witches in Macbeth.

    The performances are of a high order. Pankaj Kapur delivers his career-best performance. Followed closely by Tabu. In fact it is a photo finish.

    Vishal Bhardwaj is a great storyteller. He imbues the film with a number of sparkling sequences and dialogues. Bhardwaj and writer Abbas Tyrewala do not resort to gimmicks and instead have been as realistic as possible. The guilt pangs that Nimmi and Maqbool suffer after Abbaji's murder is one phase that takes the film to a different high altogether.

    In the end, all i can say is, Maqbool has the potential to be a landmark film in Bollywood. In spite of its shabby marketing.
  • Yes!yes! that it is.The film came as a fresh breeze of air when Hindi cinema is experimenting with all sort of stuff.With probably one of the greatest star cast in the world ; the film is worth spending a premium.People who neglect the role of Hindi cinema in world entertainment or who don't like Hindi cinema at all should look at this film.The plot goes as follows Abbaji ( Pankaj Kapoor ) the underworld kingpin of Mumbai has two faithfuls helping him in his business Maqbool ( Irfan Khan )and Kaka ( Piyush Mishra ).Nimmi ( Tabu ) Abbaji's younger wife loves Maqbool and wants him to take the place of aging Abbaji.One day on Abbaji's daughter Sammera's ( Mausami ) wedding to Kaka's son Guddu ( Ajay Gehi ) Maqbool and Nimmi secretly kill Abbaji.The throne of Abbaji is open whom Maqbool is intent on occupying with hook or crook.The two inspectors Purohit ( Nasseruddin Shah ) and Pandit ( Om Puri ) serve as bribed workers to this family. All an all a powerful five star.Hats up ! to Vishal Bhardwaj who won accolades from Karan Johar , Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan for this film.
  • Irfan shines and shines. Tabu, Pankaj Kapoor are excellent, as are Naseerudin and Om Puri, but when Maqbool (Irfan) is on screen, he overshadows all. Yes even Pankaj (one of the finest actors of India). Vishal Bharadwaj has made an excellent adaptation. Why, oh why doesn't someone drag Sanjay Leela Bhansali to see this film. Anyone who has seen Irfan in 'The Warrior" or Haasil will certify that Irfan's utterly unconventional looks acts as a force multiplier, rather than a drag. He is a great talent, and Indian filmmakers would do well to use him much more than he is being used. Another victory for Bobby Bedi, one wonders why everyone in the industry seems to hate the man. He has already given us Bandit Queen and Maqbool. What more does a man have to do? Oh that's right, "Indian public wants films like Black and KKKG" (actual quote by a BB basher). Another word on Tabu, why don't more filmmakers give her real roles. But not Bhandarkar please. Page 3 has destroyed all faith in him.
  • Fascinating movie. A perfect adaptation. Since I saw the Indian adaptation before the Scottish original; it actually made me appreciate how seamlessly the story has been adapted. Pankaj Kapur as Abbaji is sensational. Note his expression when he is stopped and told that the cops are waiting for him after his arrest warrant is issued. He controls his anger and sense of injustice with humor. A classic moment. Also his revenge in the police station is well written. Full marks to Vishal for the screenplay. The casting is superb and the best example of getting a consolidated cast absolutely right. Irfaan as Mia gives a steady performance but this helps the surrounding cast to shine. Tabu is first rate. So is Om Puri. And watch for the characterization of Abbaji's silent right hand man. His devotion to Abbaji and then to Allah (watch his movements first to the song being played at Eid and then when he is asked to consume alcohol) comes across very real. As real as it gets . I am a big fan of this movie and VB to me is a sensational directorial find.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This is one amazing movie. I did not believe that this story would fit so perfectly into Bombay but it has surprised me very much.

    Actually I am doing a research project on Shakespearean adaptations and that is how i came to watch this movie. I read a previous user comment asking whether it sticks closely to the original story or not. Well i must say it sticks very closely to the original story (a lot more than many other modern adaptations of Shakespearean plays) and it overcomes cultural barriers to keep the story as well flowing and as enthralling with all its evil and dark atmosphere. The important themes of blood and evil are kept very intact.

    From the very beginning of the movie, when the corrupt cops shoot the lad and blood splatters over the part that signifies Bombay on the diagram drawn by Pandit, showing that Bombay is going to be covered in blood, the theme is made evident.

    I feel that this movie is one of kind in our film industry and is a must watch, especially if you appreciated the original Shakespearean play. You won't be disappointed.
  • I saw this movie a long time ago and I saw it again recently, cant get enough of how amazing this movie is. A Hindi movie worthy of being screened at every internatinoal film festival, in fact it was screened at various festivals and was appreciated.

    The list of the talented starcast is huge, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapur, Tabu & last but certainly not the least, Irrfan Khan(playing the title role of Maqbool).

    Story is about an underworld side kick who starts to have an inner conflict and where he has to make a decision and choose between loyalty and deceit, all because of a woman who is the mistress of the underworld gang leader Abbaji (played to perfection by Pankaj Kapur).

    Performances, lines, screenplay, background score and editing, cinematography are 1st rate.
  • Herag19 July 2004
    Irfan Khan made his presence felt in a little known movie called "Haasil". This guy, has incredible screen presence but he is probabley overshadowed by Pankaj Kapoor, who is just superb as Abbaji. He reminds me of Brando in "Godfather" albeit, he is not smothering a kitten! The two stelwarts, Puri and Shah, have plain fun working together, I wouldn't be surprised if they just improvised as they went along. The guy to watch is Abbas Tyrewala who is making great strides in script-writing. He has flair for comedy that very few have in the Industry. The problem with Irfan Khan is that he is better in good speaking part as in "Haasil". Here he is let down. Tabu, is good and the director has done a great job with some authentic scenes, albeit the editing suffers. Altogehter this is a movie that exemplies the fact that with the right mix of talent, a good movie can be made irrespective of the budget restraints and constraints.
  • Shakespeare would be proudly smiling in his grave as Vishal Bhardwaj moves the greatest tragedy Macbeth to Mumbai's underworld. However, the queens, the witches and the swords are replaces by adulterous mistresses, corrupt cops and flying bullets. Unlike other Bollywood movies Maqbool does not show people dancing around trees or snow clad mountains. It definitely exceeds the defined lines of formula based commercial cinema with significant reverence. The confident screenplay keeps your attention right from the beginning not releasing you until the last reels have flashed.

    Bhardwaj conveys a tantalizing tale about an ageing don, Abbaji (Pankaj Kapur). Maqbool (Irrfan Khan) is the trusted right hand man of Abbaji. The two corrupt cops Pandit and Purohit (Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri) are shown as always predicting the future. In one such case they hint Maqbool that he will one day take over Abbaji's position. Thus, the seeds of ambition and jealousy are sown. Nimmi (Tabu), Abbaji's young mistress has a dangerous secret liaison with Maqbool. Nimmi teases and taunts Maqbool over his position and his non-hierarchical status. This gives way to a blood soaked drama. Nimmi urges Maqbool to murder Abbaji and take his position both in the hierarchy and her bed. For love and power, Maqbool murders Abbaji not knowing that untold devastation lies ahead. While everyone suspects Maqbool of foulplay, no one has the nerve to implicate him. Drowning in guilt, Maqbool as well as Nimmi, start hallucinating, imagine hypothetical drops of blood on their bed, the wall and even see spectres of the victims of their passion. Maqbool tries each and every source to reconcile, but does not work. And murder begets murder.

    Humour has been used very occasionally but in an extremely well concealed manner. Touches of humour, in the first half show Abbaji's power over his kingdom. But, at the same time it also shows his love for his men and his much feared presence.

    Abbaji played by Pankaj Kapur is a symbol of power. Kapur making a comeback to the big screen is seen in a tour de performance. Personally, this is one of the best performances by an actor in many years. His posture and well conceived posterior facial structure hold true to the character of Abbaji. At times, he reminds us of Marlon Brando in Godfather. Irrfan Khan playing Maqbool takes us on an aesthetic ride, at times to the realms of reality. From Maqbool's over vaulting ambition dominating his conscience to his love n lust for his lady has been shown with some epitomizing ease. Watch Irrfan in the last flashes of Maqbool breaking into moments of nothingness. Tabu playing Abbaji's mistress coming from Lucknow is seen in a dark role for the first time. Her sparkling performance manages to strike a balance between passion and hysteria. Both love and angst are a part of Nimmi shown simultaneously and that too quite incredibly. Undoubtedly, Tabu is one of the finest actresses of her generation.

    Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri sparkle with a scintillating performance of two corrupt cops. Both in extremely witty performances are shown as playing games with both the underworld as well as the police force. They are the Bhardwajian counterparts to the three witches of Macbeth. They predict the future and are always eager to maintain 'Shakti Ka Santulan'. They constantly induce in Maqbool the ambition to rule, to conquer. They incult humour in every scene constantly reminding us of the dark side of the tale.

    The screenplay by Bhardwaj and Abbas Tyrewala weaves your mind with some exhilarating scenes. However, towards the end Maqbool's much expected death is dragged along and at this part the screenplay goes weak. The striking dialogues by Bhardwaj himself gives a soul to the movie, providing it a typical Bhendi bazaar touch. Bhardwaj has craftily managed to maintain the poetic reverence of each and every scene. Some of the shots are lyrical; even the violence is aesthetically treated and is never gratuitous. Abbaji's house creates a timeless and mysterious feel. However, cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi's use of stark colours adds to the foreboding. Bhardwaj himself is the music director. Daler Mehndi for the first time does not sound like a squeaky rhetoric radio in his rendering of the Rubaru number. Maqbool is definitely a stroke of genius. There have been man interesting yet unreal trials on the underworld on screen like Satya, Vaastav, Company but this movie goes beyond gangwars, corruption, dons, policemen, politicians. Maqbool takes an overwhelming leap into the psyche of the protagonists, riveting out what guilt and its denial does to them. Impermeable, heavy and dark ; Maqbool is highly recommended cinema.
  • For folks not familiar with the story of Macbeth (erm, me), this Bollywood adaptation most certainly make an interesting introduction. Questions abound for well-read folks or Shakespeare nuts; Was the film faithful to its source? Or was it bursting with invention? Is it just me or does anyone agree that the spiralling descent of this story gave off some pretty foul and nasty vibes?

    Maqbool's eerie, unnerving, frustrating and extremely feel bad elements all seem to crescendo into an oppressing tumult of feelings. There's also a foreboding sense of omnipresent evil in this flick's universe. An evil which takes corporeal form (instigating bitches), or not (Maqbool's own weakness of mind). An evil which plants seeds of doubts in our main man, fans his darkest desires and ultimately, pushing him towards his inevitable fall from grace. Gosh, negative energies premeate every inch of this doom enshrouded yarn....its very suffocating.

    That said, a well made film Maqbool is (or I would not feel the way I do now already).
  • Intelligent and inventive updating of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" to the culture of the modern Indian underworld in Mumbai. Director Vishal Bhardwaj and screenwriter Abbas Tryewala walk the tightrope between fidelity to the original and inventiveness rarely making a misstep. Indeed, you don't have to have any knowledge of "Macbeth" to appreciate "Maqbool" as a well above average gangland film, filled with interesting characters, and tons of politics, violence, alliances and deals made and broken.

    The acting is generally excellent. Pankaj Kapur practically steals the film with his performance as Maqbool's boss, a savvy mob leader who has kept power not only through fear, but through inspiring loyalty and even love from not only those around him, but from 'the people' as well, by standing up for India's many minorities, who in turn elect officials inclined to look the other way at mob activities

    The film is an interesting mix of old and new for Bollywood. The style and tone is naturalistic, the performances unforced. There are echoes of "The Godfather". And while there are songs, there are only a few, and generally within a context where someone bursting into song actually makes sense – a wedding celebration for instance.

    The film does wind down a bit towards the end, but so does (for me) Shakespeare's play – the most interesting thing being Macbeth's (or Maqbool's) seduction by and rise to power, more than the seemingly inevitable consequences.

    This is well worth seeing for anyone interested in Shakespeare, or Indian cinema, or just a good tale of power struggles whether in the mob or in society at large.

    One frustrating note. The image quality on the blu-ray I bought from Amazon.uk is far from what the film deserves, looking more VHS than HD at times.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    There is terrific acting all round in this creepy low-budget adaptation of Macbeth. Vishal Bharadwaj effectively marries Shakespeare with gangster movies to make a disturbing film. Pankaj Kapoor is riveting as the aging gangster Abbaji with Irrfan Khan playing his trusted right hand man Maqbool. Tabu has a complex role to play as Nimmi, Abbaji's moll. Her role differs from the text and she has (MINOR SPOILERS) a heart-breaking demise. Despite the crimes committed by Maqbool and Nimmi, we still feel for them both. Om Puri is in top form as a corrupt cop. Highly recommended.

    Overall 9/10
  • when i see this movie not getting the recognition it so truly deserves it just disturbs me. on of the most powerful well scripted adaptation Indian cinema has ever witnessed. of course the cherry on the cake is the cream of Indian talent all showcasing their talent on screen. This is one movie that has some of my all time fav actors like Pankaj Kapur. Tabu.Irrfan Khan, Naseer and Om Puri.... and neither of them disappoints... watching Pankaj Kapur give the performance of a life time is sheer bliss....... It took a while for the DVD to hit stores and the day i got and watched it...it just simply blew my socks off.......ever since I'm in complete awe of the powerful scenes that this movie has which have forever etched themselves in my memory.... a must watch....
  • It is a pity that Such Good movies don't receive recognition from people..

    Vishal is just someone who can blend things perfectly into Indian scenario!.. Every one does justice to their roles.. :)

    Naseer and Om Puri have short roles but they do full justice to the roles given and are the best of the lot !!

    Abbaji ( Pankaj Kapoor) does a godfather like Role ! with low voice and more of throat in it !! and Does it Fantastically well.. Irfaan , Tabu have done fantastically well.. now waiting to see their combo again in "THE NAMESAKE"

    Do watch this movie if u really like Cinematic EXCELLENCE
  • The movie was really good .Vishal Bharadwaj has really made a masterpiece.on the acting front Pankaj kapur was brilliant as 'abbajaan' .even the small characters were etched out beautifully and the overall effect was really good.

    Irfan khan as Miya Maqbool is mind-blowing the chemistry he shares with his co-stars is good.it is really hard to believe that the movie is adapted from Shakespeare's Macbeth as the plot is set and picturised in mumbai and is really good.

    om puri and naseeruddin shah as the two cops are good and they share a good chemistry between them. I'm looking forward to watch 'Omkara' which has been adapted from Shakespeare's Othello.
  • The movie is dark, but it towers above the rest of Bollywood and surely beautiful! Vishal Bharadwaj's direction is top-notch.

    Pankaj Kapur is brilliant as ever. Its pretty sad when you see him doing silly roles on TV. The way he has sunk Abbaji character into himself is truly amazing! A very powerful presence.

    Irfan Khan is impressive.

    Tabu shines ! She is by far the only one that comes to mind (in Bollywood) who combines beauty and brain! An acting prowess in the likes of Shabana Azmi added with glamour! A very rare combination indeed. I wish the directors take more advantage of this explosive combination and create some masterpieces in coming years.

    Music: I cannot fall short of praise for Vishal Bharadwaj for his multi faceted persona, a producer-director-writer-musiccomposer : where do you see so much rolled into one? Maachis music still echoes in my ear. A true gem in Bollywood.

    In Maqbool, Sultan Khan's voice has been used so beautifully. His voice is just intoxicating. 'Dheemo Re' is beautiful. The song 'Jhin Minni' has some signature style of Rehman. Few other songs like Chingari display a nice collage of western instrumentation and Indian classical infused vocals.

    Gulzar's screenplay is excellent. Cinematography is above avg (could be better). Naseerudding Shah and Om Puri have done perfect justice to the little roles they were given.

    There are some scenes that will make you cringe! This is a matured Bollywood product, and to be watched with same expectation! A serious, no-farce product from Bollywood off late.
  • Performances by everybody was epic and only Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri were a bit irritating...Direction at its best, and the dialogues are easy to understand that makes it unique from what Omkara was in terms of accent and set up...One time watch fare if u want to see performances and dialogues in place of execution...Recommended!!
  • A masterpiece in every aspect.This is the first thought which came to me after watching Maqbool.

    First I have to give credit to the director for doing such an amazing job. To recreate a story as famous as Macbeth and as brilliantly as he did , is a very brave and hard enterprise. I didn't skip a second of the movie , simply because every frame was meaningful and nothing was out of place.

    Having said this ,I have to give credit to the cast of the movie. Not a single misplaced character. In fact all of the actors gave by my opinion one of the best performances in their careers. Irrfan Khan and Tabu were out of this world , so simple and believable yet so strong emotionally. The chemistry between them is great. Pankaj Kapoor shines as Jahangir Khan.

    A job well done.I wish there were more Indian movies like this one to give the Indian cinema the good name it deserves.
  • kanaujia20218 January 2017
    One cannot ask for a better cast of best actors in Mumbai. Naseer, Om Puri, Pankaj Kapoor, Tabu, Irfan,

    Vishal Bharadwaj gets credit for brilliant film with high caliber in fields.

    Every character is built strongly and it is difficult to decide to like or be against any character.

    Minor roles played by Om Puri and Naseer play a very critical role in telling the story strongly. Their agreeing to play minor roles talks greatly about their dedication towards the art of acting.

    Pankaj Kapoor's portrayal of Mumbai don with grounding in reality is almost impossible to match.
  • This is how Vishal Ji works, a great film adapted from the literature.With a line of very very good actors those have created a niche for themselves. Pankaj Kapur Ji's work is like always above expectations. Movie is right in its plot for crime in the Indian context. The movie is must watch for phenomenal performances.

    The film is adapted from Shakeaspere's "Macbeth", using Mumbai underworld as the backdrop. Charecterizations are brilliant, with the witches in Macbeth, being metamorphosed into two corrupt cops.

    The screenplay, cinematography, sound design are dialogues are brilliant. The performances from all the 5 key players, Irrfan, Tabu, Pankaj Kapur, and the two cops, Naseer and Om Puri are out of the world. Music is imaginative with captive visualizations.

    Credit for the entire movie should go to Vishal, for his outstanding conceptualization and execution. A special word, for cinematographer Hemant Chaturvedi. His final shot of Irrfan falling on the ground in the hospital, with a slow motion of a pigeon, followed by a changing color from normal light to serene green, followed by the fall with a tilted camera is worth going miles for!
  • This movie is one of the achievements of Indian cinema, and I consider that Vishal Bhardwaj is a master of adaptation. Maqbool, "The Blue Umbrella" and Omkara, you don't need more examples. I think Maqbool is his best movie, he cannot surpass what he created in Maqbool.

    There cannot be a better adaptation of McBeth, it's flawless indeed. Though McBeth is one of the plays I dislike most and I don't watch more of this move for the very same reason that I wanted to have sympathy with McBeth but can't, wanted to have sympathy with Maqbool but can't.

    Several scenes in the movie executed flawlessly, each character surpassing the other. I would not recommend this movie to SRK fans, but if you like a masterpiece irrespective of it's genre then watch it.

    That line of Tabu - "Thirteen moles are there on my body, would you see where they are?" left Maqbool helpless. The witches act of Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah was brilliant. Pankaj Kapoor stole the show as Abbaji. This movie is an masterpiece.
  • khiladi200210 May 2010
    An incredibly nuanced adapation of Macbeth, Vishal Bharadwaj's Maqbool is masterfully crafted and thoughtfully penned. It portrays a deep understanding of the psychology of the original piece. The lead performances are as good as they get and beyond that. Pankaj Kapur, Tabu and Irfan Khan are stellar in their roles. Tabu especially oozes the right amount of understated sensuality and is completely irresistible as she attempts to seduce the 'loyal' lieutenant. Her probing dialogue and eye contact is a viewer's delight. Stunning! Irfan with his smouldering appearance sets the screen ablaze. Charismatic to the core, he plays his role with a deep understanding and a slow burning fire in his belly. He is as impeccable as he tries to fend off Tabu's advances as he is while romancing her. As the guilt kicks in, both Tabu and Irfan get into the skin of the character and the audience just sits back and gasps in admiration. You feel empathy for the characters despite the hideous nature of their deed. Thoroughly engaging! Pankaj Kapur, playing the underworld kingpin, gets dialogues that would be a dream for any actor and sinks his teeth in the delivery of those. A performance and an actor par excellence returns and how! The film should be seen, focusing on the sheer intensity that Vishal Bharadwaj infuses in the plot and makes Macbeth relevant even in this day and age. One of the best adaptations of a book I have ever seen. Simply exquisite! Vishal is the best director that India has today. He is an even better writer. He has a great understanding of real life in India. Of life in the metros as well as the rural areas. His attention to the subtext and underlying psychology and emotion of each story is what makes him such a good storyteller. He has shown that to us through his films, through his music and dialogues. His screenplays are matchless as far as Hindi Film Industry is concerned. Looking forward to your next, Vishal!
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