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Koi Mil Gaya

Maqbool
Released on: 30 January 2004
Cast: Irrfan, Tabu, Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah & Pankaj Kapur
Directed by: Vishal Bhardwaj
Produced by: Bobby Bedi
Distributed by: Yash Raj Films in India
Music By: Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics: Gulzar
Screenplay: Abbas Tyrewala & Vishal Bhardwaj

Based on William Shakespeare's play 'Macbeth', this story revolves around Maqbool (Irrfan), Abbaji (Pankaj Kapoor) and Nimmi (Tabu). Three characters that could have been in any walk of life, in any city in the world, and in any point in time.

Right now, they have chosen to be in the underworld of 21st century Mumbai.

Maqbool is the second-in-command of a gang led by Abbaji, an ageing underworld don. Abbaji is respected by his faithful left-hand Kaka and everyone else in the gang.

But it is love that betrays Abbaji. Nimmi, his young mistress, finds the majestic Maqbool more charming and decides to use the ambitious gangster to get rid of her paramour.

But it's her guilt that she can't get rid of. And carries it around for the rest of the film, as much as the baby she's now carrying in her womb.

Of course, the course of action is correctly predicted periodically by the two police officers - Inspectors Pandit and Purohit. They abet Maqbool's gang and remind us of the two witches from 'Macbeth'. Commentators, observers, and soothsayers.

But perhaps, even they cannot predict the consequences of this dangerous love where there is only one rule: "Fair is foul and foul is Fair".

 
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