There are stories which are capable enough to bring a whole new or unseen universe, and make you a part of it until the end credits roll. Omkara is that masterpiece. Omkara is a raw poetry presented  in an extreme desi-style.

Omkara (2006) is Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Othello” set in modern India. It is co-written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. Vishal himself composed the entire music for the film, including the background score, with lyrics by Gulzar. It starred Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, supported by Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu.

The film became part of a series by Bhardwaj of film interpretations of popular literary works, including Maqbool (2003) based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, The Blue Umbrella (2007) based on Ruskin Bond’s The Blue Umbrella, 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) based on Bond’s Susanna’s Seven Husbands, and Haider (2014) based on Shakspeare’s Hamlet (source wiki).

On the day of Dolly’s wedding, Omkara (Ajay Devgan) attacks the groom’s party and abducts her as they both love each other. When her father advocate Raghunath is able to trace her and Omkara, and puts the gun of his head to get back her daughter, Bhaisaab (Naseeruddin Shah) intervenes and asks him to not to do so as the local elections are coming, and he must avoid bloodshed. Hence, begins the crime drama of love, politics, seduction and betrayals.

I think the most important thing for a film is its content. Knowing the fact that Othello is an amazing story in itself, the screenwriters surely haven’t taken the advantage of that. They had adapted it in the best possible manner and very creatively. The language of Omkara is beautiful, which takes the film to another level. And, the the way visuals and sounds are used to portray the emotions of the scenes is just perfect. The character’s are so real – be it the humanized devil Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan) or the playful and innocent Dolly (Kareena Kapoor).

Omkara is also the best of Bollywood because the most brainy and creative souls of the industry clubbed together to do justice with Shakespeare’s masterpiece “Othello”.  Be it performances, the writing of it, direction to music, everything will spellbound you. To me, each and every song from the film is so meaningful and a delight to my ears. Gulzar Saab at his best.

To make a count of awards this movie bagged, it reaches almost a century. Yeah! A big number. This movie received awards of every possible category:  best film, best direction, best actor, best actor in negative role, best actor in supporting role, best music, best lyrics, best choreography. The list includes National Awards for Special Jury Award — Vishal Bhardwaj, National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress — Konkona Sen Sharma, National Film Award for Best Audiography — Subhash Sahoo, K. J. Singh, Shajith Koyeri. A total of thirteen awards were in Omkara’s name at the Filmfare Awards. The film was showcased in the Marché du Film section at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival along with a book on the making of Omkara. It was also selected to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival, where Bhardwaj was awarded for Best Artistic Contribution in Cinema of a Director. The film also won three awards at the Kara Film Festival, an award at the Asian Festival of First Films, three National Film Awards, and seven Filmfare Awards. (source:wiki)

Omkara is a disturbing delight for all your senses!


Baljeet Randhawa

Baljeet Randhawa

Writer from Bhopal. Theatre Director and Co- Founder of Dream Stage Theatre along with Scriptors. Shy Actor performs rarely.
Baljeet Randhawa