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Omkara (2006)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 28 July 2006 (USA)
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A politically-minded enforcer's misguided trust in his lieutenant leads him to suspect his wife of infidelity in this adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Othello'.

Director:

Vishal Bhardwaj

Writers:

Vishal Bhardwaj (screenplay), Robin Bhatt (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ajay Devgn ... Omi Shukla (as Ajay Devgan)
Saif Ali Khan ... Langda Tyagi
Vivek Oberoi ... Kesu Upadhyaya (as Viveik Oberoi)
Kareena Kapoor ... Dolly Mishra
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Indu Tyagi
Bipasha Basu ... Chamanbahar 'Billo'
Naseeruddin Shah ... Bhaisaab
Deepak Dobriyal ... Raiju Tiwari
Manav Kaushik ... Surendra Kaptaan
Kamal Tiwari Kamal Tiwari ... Advocate Raghunath Mishra
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chetana Das
Rahul Kumar ... Langda Tyagi's Son
Omkaar Omkaar
Niraj Sah Niraj Sah ... Police Inspector
Pankaj Tripathi ... Kichlu (as Pankaj Tripathy)
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Storyline

Advocate Raghunath Mishra has arranged the marriage of his daughter, Dolly, with Rajan, knowing fully well that Dolly loves Omkara Shukla. Before the marriage could take place, the groom's party is attacked, they flee, and Dolly is reportedly abducted. Raghunath is able to trace Dolly to Omkara, a criminal and hit-man, a verbal confrontation ensues until Politician Bhaisaab telephonically intervenes, and a crestfallen Raghunath faces the reality that Dolly was not abducted but is here with Omkara by her own free will. He warns Omkara, and departs. Shortly thereafter, Bhaisaab is shot at and wounded, announces that Omkara should stand in the next election, and as a result, Omkara appoints one of his lieutenants', Keshav Upadhyay in his place as the 'Bahubali". Omkara realizes that he may have blundered in having Keshav succeed him, as Keshav is unable to control his temper when under the influence of alcohol, which puts him in the bad books of Omkara. Then Omkara suspects that Keshav ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

28 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Омкара See more »

Filming Locations:

Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$427,400, 30 July 2006

Gross USA:

$1,244,576

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,466,144
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Trademark: The song in the first trailer is sung by either Vishal Dadlani or Sukhvinder Singh. See more »

Goofs

The Enfield rifle that Langda Tiyagi (Saif) is shown shooting so accurately does not have a rear sight. The lack of it is plainly visible through the movie but even more so in the scene when he shoots the tires off the marriage bus. See more »

Quotes

Dolly Mishra: My grandmother used to say that the best way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
Indu: What? My grandmother said that the way to a person's heart is area below the stomach!
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Version of O (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Omkara
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Vishal Bhardwaj
Rhythm by Nitin Sharma
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Arun Ingle, Vijay Prakash, Hemant Kulkarni,
Mani, Asif Ali Beg, Rishikesh Kamekar, Chintamani Sohoni and Neuman Pinto
Courtesy of EROS Music
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The power of Omkara
13 August 2006 | by abhishek-sahaSee all my reviews

One of the questions that the director and the scriptwriter have to deal with when making a film adaptation of a classic is that of balance. One would like to remain true to the original story, yet each medium has its own modes of expression and a literal translation of a story would usually result in a long, incoherent, and ultimately powerless film. "The trick is," as director Trevor Nunn says in an interview about The Merchant of Venice, "to make a completely new piece of work while preserving the original piece of work." And Omkara, Vishal Bharadwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello is that rare beast. It is stunningly true in details and spirit to the original play (despite the substantial changes necessitated by transferring medieval Europe to modern day Bihar) and also be one of the finest Hindi movies made in recent times.

The reason for Shakespeare's huge popularity and general regard as one of the greatest playwrights ever is the timelessness of his themes- love, relationships, race, class, gender, jealousy, hatred, betrayal and death. He created unforgettable characters who remained people we can relate to. The basic premise of all his plays is usually simple. Shakespeare was a master who wrote for everyone, a fact that is sometimes forgotten by those intimidated by his high-brow reputation. And Omkara stays true to that spirit by making no attempt to intellectualize itself. The characters are crude and their language is coarse, in a way that compliments the feel of the film perfectly. Some of the elements of the film are deliberately over-the-top or violent and the scene in which Omkara smothers Dolly is extremely long and vivid; it is to Bharadwaj's credit that he turns this lack of subtlety into an asset. Indeed Omkara couldn't have been made any other way.

The acting throughout the film is splendid. Saif Ali Khan, in particular, is extraordinary as the wily, manipulative Langda Tyagi. Khan is one of the most versatile actors in Bollywood and it hard to believe this is the same guy who so brilliantly played 'Sameer' in 'Dil Chahta Hai'.

And oh, the ambiance! Bharadwaj creates the perfect setting for the film with a combination of great music, wonderful cinematography and a relentlessly dark atmosphere. This is a director who knows what he is doing and is a master at it.

I could go on and on about 'Omkara'…but probably it is best that the reader go and judge for himself. A word of caution though, Omkara is not for the weak-hearted.


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