Starring : Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Viveik Oberoi, Kareena
Kapoor, Konkona Sen, Bipasha Basu, Naseeruddin Shah.
Director : Vishal Bhardwaj
Producer : Kumar Mangat
Distributor : Eros
UK Release 20 May 2006
is Vishal Bharadwaj's interpretation of the Bard's classic, Othello.
Set against the milieu of political warfare in the interiors of
Uttar Pradesh, the film follows one man's descent into sexual
jealousy because of his passionate love for his woman and the
final destruction of that love at the altar of blind obsession.
the legendary Hollywood filmmaker, Orson Welles, Vishal Bharadwaj
too is fascinated with Shakespearean drama - one of Vishal's finest
works remains his interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth 'Maqbool'.
Likewise, Omkara in spirit, stays true to the central theme of
Othello and ends up humanizing Shakespeare's characters with the
necessary folklore and ethnic charm that is required for a contemporary
Indian story setting.
or Omi is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which
include the crafty Langda Tyagi and the dynamic Kesu amongst his
chief cohorts. The story begins when Omi appoints Kesu and not
Langda as his chief lieutenant. Langda's pride is slighted and
raging with envy he hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's
beautiful wife Dolly, in a love affair with Omi's "favourite
the unwitting aid of Indu, Langda's wife, and the willing help
of Raju, a fellow grouch, Langda's plan takes shape and results
in horrific tragedy. Using petty insinuations and lies, Langda
keeps poisoning Omi's mind till one day it snaps and Omi goes
about tearing up his own safe and secure world.
like all love stories which never really end. Out of the ashes
of this one too comes a twist. Omkara's dark Isssak or love for
Dolly, Dolly's unquestioning Isssak for Omi, Langda's warped loyalty
and jealousy for Omi, the vibrant Kesu's unaswerving devotion
to Omi - all lead up to a dark tragedy by the end of which Omi
finally realizes the backlash of his actions but is it too late?