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Omkara

Synopsis
Feature film. A Bollywood re-working of Othello set against a background of political warfare in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Omikara (Devgan) is a half-caste, gifted chieftan leading a gang employed by the corrupt politician (Naseeruddin Shah). Omkara appoints Keshav (Oberoi) above Langda (Saif Ali Khan) as his chief lieutenant. Langda is jealous and begins to implicate Omkara’s beautiful fiancee, Dolly, in an illicit affair with Keshav. The film makes Langda Othello’s brother-in-law, Bianca becomes a nightclub singer to justify two big production numbers, and the film begins with the Roderigo figure, Raju, about to marry Dolly (Desdemona).
Language
Hindi
Country
India
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2006
Duration
140 mins

Credits

Director
Vishal Bhardwaj
Producer
Kumar Mangat
Cinematographer
Tassaduq Hussain
Screenplay
Abhishek Chaubey; Robin Bhatt; Vishal Bhardwaj
Music
Vishal Bhardwaj
Art Direction
Samir Chanda
Cast
Ajay DevganOmkara (Othello)
Kareena KapoorDolly (Desdemona)
Saif Ali KhanLangda Tyangi (Iago)
Vivek OberoiKeshav Upadhyay (Michael Cassio)
Konkona Sen SharmaIndu (Emilia)
Bipasha BasuBillo Chamanbahar (Bianca)
Deepak DobrivalRaju (Roderigo)
Naseeruddin ShahBhaisaab (Duke of Venice)

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Othello
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Gangster films; Bollywood

Notes

Notes
DVD extras include the making of OMKARA, interviews, deleted scenes, theatrical trailer, TV promos. DVD has subtitles in English, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, and Malayalam.
General
The director’s name is often cited as Vishal Bharadwaj.
Figures
Opening weekend (UK) £91,294 (IMBd).

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.omkarathefilm.com/

Production Company

Name

Big Screen Entertainments

Name

Devgan Entertainments

Archive

Name

Folger Shakespeare Library

Email
reference@folger.edu
Web
http://www.folger.edu External site opens in new window
Phone
(202) 544 4600
Fax
(202) 544 4623
Address
201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington
DC 20003
USA

Distributor

Name

Retail outlets

Online Retailer

Name

sendit.com

Email
care@sendit.com
Web
http://www.sendit.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
0845 045 102
Fax
028 9043 0460
Address
Unit 2
42 The Cutts
Dunmurry
Belfast
BT2 8ED
Northern Ireland
Notes
Formerly known as ‘Blackstar’.

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