Essential Indian Films of the 21st Century Maqbool (2003) The opening scene itself sets up a very good film.It is set on a windy, stormy night in both the film as in the play. While the witches enigmatically state Fair is foul and Foul is fair, thus establishing the atmosphere of the Shakespearean play; the gory future of Mumbai is foretold in the film. . Maqbool reveals the lust for power and passion as Mian Maqbool played by Irfan Khan, a Muslim mafia lieutenant and right hand man of its don Abbaji enacted by Pankaj Kapoor, falls in love with the don’s mistress and a saga of massacre unfolds. That is, when two corrupt police officers named Pandit and Purohit who take the place of Macbeth’s witches, and who also provide much of the movie’s comic relief, predict that Maqbool will soon take Abbiji’s place. Driven by his newfound ambition and mistress Nimmi’s seduction, Maqbool decides to make his move. Despite having so many motives, the protagonist appears deeply conflicted and guilt-ridden, due to Irfan Khan’s consummate acting and the script’s elaborate portrait of his loyalty to Abbaji. Both Khan’s and Kapoor’s low voices and dark, inscrutable faces register an extraordinary spectrum of emotional nuance, their complex relationship being one of the film’s achievements. Tabu's smoldering, undulating performance as Nimmi has more depth than that of the men. She must achieve her manipulation and intimidation without the benefit of chauvinism , goons or weaponry, rather sensuous subtler methods are required. . The director Vishal Bhardwaj is unequivocally a man with unique and fearless vision in celluloid screenplay. Inspired to make movies after getting influenced by famous directors such as Krzysztof Kieslowski and Tarantino, he perseveres and creates works of genuine merit - and his directorial abilities are top notch. Maqbool fuses Macbeth with Mafia in a one-of-a-kind film that artfully depicts a liegeman toppling a doomed
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