After the brilliance in Maqbool, the adaptation of Macbeth to the Mumbai underworld scenario, Vishal Bharadwaj once again proves his brilliance and his understanding of cinema, music, Shakespeare and more importantly Storytelling.

Omkara is a tale of people, desire, jealousy, revenge, reaction and regret. Based on Shakespeare’s Othello Vishal has very cleverly adapted it to the UP badlands as the stage and extracted outstanding performances from the cast.

Yes, Kareena Kapoor actually acts. Ajay Devgan as Omi (Othello) and Saif Ali Khan as Langda Tyagi (Iago), Kareena as Dolly (Desdemona) and Konkana Sen Sharma as Indu (Emilia) throw in brilliant performances. Vivek Oberoi as Kesu (Cassio) and Bipasha Basu as Billoo (Bianca) don’t have too much to do, not to blame them as that’s the way the story goes.

Langda instills doubt in the mind of Omi about Omi’s love Dolly and drives Omi against Kesu who was given preference over Langda himself in the hierarchy within the gang. The tragic events that unfold, the drama and the regret really holds you and proves once again that at the core of great movie lies a great story & screenplay, director and hardworking actors.

Vishal uses darkness very effectively in every frame to give depth to the characters and all the elements of the movie fit in together like the prefect puzzle. You know what’s coming, but yet the movie engrosses you so much and you know its such a powerful movie because halfway through you actually feel like getting up from your seat and shouting at Omi to not believe Langda and Langda’s clever manipulations. That’s the sign of a good movie, a movie that engrosses and involves you.

The dialogues in the first half are difficult to follow as they are in one of the local dialects of a UP region. The music and the spacing given to the music make sure the music is a character in the movie (the only other person in India would be Ram Gopal Varma who does this and of course across the seas there’s Quentin Tarantino). Must say because the music’s by Vishal himself it really integrates itself into the movie. The lyrics are by Gulzar and I definitely have to listen to the songs again.

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!


Nanditha,  October 26, 2006 at 10:34 PM  


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