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Haider Leaves Hansal Mehta Awestruck, Writes Open Letter

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Vishal Bhardwaj's much awaited movie Haider is set to release on October 2nd but before that a special screening of the film was done.

Renowned director, Hansal Mehta watched Shahid Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor starrer Haider and the director apparently was awestruck watching the film.

Hansal Mehta who made films like Shahid and Citylights posted an open letter to Haider director Vishal Bhardwaj on Twitter, expressing how amazed and impressed he was watching the flick. 

In the open letter, Hansal praised Vishal for the work and how after watching the film, Hansal remained sleepless. Hansal was amazed by the performance of all the actors in Haider and the director offered some praising words for the entire crew of the movie.

Hansal was impressed by almost everything of the film including the star cast, their performances, dialogues, screenplay, choreography, etc. Hansal posted the letter saying, "A letter to Vishal Bhardwaj. Not a blog. Not a review. Just an outpouring after a sleepless night."

Read the letter in the slider...

My dear Vishal

Firstly, thank you for inviting me to watch Haider last night. Thank you for thinking of me. Let me tell you that you robbed me of my sleep last night. Your chutzpah had me awestruck, wondrously grateful and might I sheepishly admit, slightly envious.

My dear Vishal

Did you really write Haider? Or did you actually paint it? Those paintings of Kashmir and its people refuse to leave me. The characters in yourchutzpah - where did they come from? Your mind or your heart? Did I witness poetry last night? Or was it cinema as it was meant to be but has ceased to be?

My dear Vishal

I'm now tormented by the pain of your world. I am overcome with Haider's plight. I can feel Ghazala's dilemma. I am still swept by the unspoken truth in Arshia's sparkling eyes. The landscape that you painted, is a Kashmir I have never seen before. There is so much beauty yet so much melancholy. There is so much music in the silence of that stunning paradise.

My dear Vishal

I can sing praises for your performers, for the casting, for the cinematography, for the gentle editing, for the seamless screenplay, for the mellifluous dialog, for the choreography, for the costumes, for the authenticity of the language used by your characters but I would hate to recount my experience with such mortal, hence limited measures of brilliance. Real brilliance cannot be quantified. Real brilliance cannot be compartmentalized or presented in bullet form. I will, therefore, not use my meager knowledge to dumb down what is truly a spiritual experience.

My dear Vishal

Dear Vishal, it is rare that a film can actually make somebody as egoistic as me feel so humbled, so moved. I witnessed a grand spectacle last night, a feat I thought our cinema was incapable of achieving. I became part of an operatic journey that transformed me. After Haider, I don't think I will ever be the same director I used to be. The change, I hope, will be for the better. The change, I hope, will have me thanking you forever.
Nevertheless, thank you for Haider. Thank you for making a sleepless night so fulfilling. Thank you for a meditative experience. Thank you for the chutzpah!
Lots of love,
Hansal.
PS : I must tell you that watching Haider last night made me lament your absence in my life as a music composer. Your music is special. Give me more.

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