Vishal Bhardwaj Confirms: No Haider 2, Exploring New Frontiers

Filmmaker and composer of the Haider soundtrack, Vishal Bharadwaj, has officially said that there won’t be a Haider sequel.

The director and composer of the film Haider, starring Shahid Kapoor, and Vishal Bhardwaj, addresses the expectation for a Haider sequel and clarifies that one is not currently planned.

“Shahid ne Baal kata liye, iska yeh matlab thodi Haider 2 ho jayegi,” he says, clarifying that Shahid’s current haircut should not be interpreted as a hint of a follow-up. Since Kashmir is in a different stage, there is no need to create a second portion.

I’m glad people remember Haider’s first part. However, Haider was associated with Kashmir, and at this moment, I have nothing to say about Kashmir, thus Haider 2 is currently pointless.

Bharadwaj says that he places a high value on genre diversity while selecting his films, as evidenced by his most recent film, Khufiya. “When starting a project, I consider many things. The fact that I have played in any genre or not is also important to me. I find repetition to be really dull. I’ve always been interested in espionage, so when I read Escape To Nowhere, I became really intrigued because it had a lot of information regarding R&AW activities.

Bharadwaj thinks that with over-the-top (OTT) media growing in popularity, it has turned into a secure area where filmmakers may present their work. He says, “In every 5-10 years, there is a change in cine projection and manifestation.” He makes the argument that the introduction of multiplexes and the switch from video cassettes to DVDs had an impact on the sector.

“After the 1970s, the best time for cinema started in the early 2000s, which continued till before the pandemic,” the 58-year-old says, acknowledging the influence of the pandemic. There was no worry since we could make any kind of movie and there would always be a crowd in the theater. But, the pandemic altered our viewpoint on many issues, and from that vantage point, we are part of the wave and are therefore unaware of what is going on.

In addition, viewers prefer to see our middle-of-the-road films—which star Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Abhishek Choubey, Vikramaditya Motwane, and myself—on streaming services unless we truly go outside the box. Although it is a phase, this is the reality we are now in. Yeh, phase bhi badlega. Every time a new phase begins, we feel as though the world is ending. For example, we think that digital platforms will allow us to manage movies again, but this is untrue since time passes and other phases come along.

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