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            Omkara (2006)

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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'.


            Vishal Bhardwaj


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


            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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            Release Date:

            28 July 2006 (India) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Омкара See more »

            Filming Locations:

            Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India See more »


            Box Office

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $427,400, 30 July 2006

            Gross USA:


            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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            Technical Specs


            Sound Mix:

            Dolby Digital



            Aspect Ratio:

            2.35 : 1
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            Did You Know?


            Om Puri and Anupam Kher were both considered for the role of Bhaisaab before Naseerudin Shah was selected. See more »


            In the scene where Omkara brings Dolly to his house for first time, Indu runs into the house with a sickle in her hand, but the sickle is missing when she is in the house. See more »


            Omkara 'Omi' Shukla: You make bets on horses, idiot. Not on lions.
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            Version of Masterpiece Playhouse: Othello (1950) See more »


            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 resurgence of quality cinema...and how! Watch it for Saif!
            27 July 2006 | by akshatSee all my reviews

            It seems that Bollywood is coming of age. To tackle something like Shakespeare...is no mean feat and in Hindi...wow! Being a bit of a literati, I went into the movie hall, well armed with 'Othello' knowledge, ready to slam the film, however I was the one totally slammed.

            Vishal Bharadwaj has done the unthinkable, like a druid has he imbibed the soul of the quixotic 'Othello:The Moor of Venice' into the heartland of rustic India. The process is almost like a heart transplant...a highly successful one nevertheless as 'Omkara' seems to throb with a restless energy that overwhelms the viewer. The nuances are subtle and therefore impactful. The dialogues are first-rate and the songs brim with bucolic poetry. 'O Saathi re' is one track that feels as refreshing as the country air. Performance-wise, Ajay Devgan as Omkara has outdone himself, Kareena Kapoor gives a kindred performance, her innocence is truly touching. Konkana Sen-Sharma is wan, like Emilia of the original and hence one enjoys watching her. Viveik Oberoi succeeds clearly because he's more sub-dued and not cantankerous (ref.Pyare Mohan). But it is Saif Ali Khan who packs a punch as Iago. Personally, my favorite Shakespearan antagonist is Iago and I'd have been devastated if hi character had been miscast. But while Saif's portrayal makes you cringe,(thanks to his rather realistic vileness); he also succeeds in making you feel contrite for the angst he exudes. All in all, the entire crew of the film deserves a pat on their back, because the more cultured can easily pick out and savour the multifarious thematic connotations of the film, the masses themselves will not feel alienated. This is Vishal Bharadwaj's true ingenuity.

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