versions of this play have already been made in Hollywood but it is the first
time that a Bollywood version has been produced. |
against the backdrop of the Indian political system in Uttar Pradesh, the film
follows Omkara's (Ajay Devgan) journey into sexual jealousy.
Ali Khan in Omkara
is blind but the other side of love is jealousy which can tear apart the strongest
and bravest of warriors especially Omkara.
commonly known as Omi (Ajay Devgan) is the head of a gang of outlaws. These include
the crafty Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan) and the dynamic Kesu (Vivek Oberoi).
Omi appoints Kesu instead of Langda as his chief lieutenant, Langda is raged with
envy. So he hatches up a plan to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful lover Dolly
(Kareena Kapoor), in a love affair with Kesu.
the help of Indu (Konkana Sen Sharma), Langda's wife, Langda's plan takes shape
and results in a horrific tragedy.
petty insinuations and lies, Langda keeps poisoning Omi's mind until one day Omi
snaps and begins tearing apart his own safe and secure world.
the time he realises what he has done, it is too late
But like all love
stories which never really end, out of the ashes comes a twist!
by Vishal Bharadwaj of the Maqbool fame, Omkara is kept very close
to the original story of Othello. He has added the Indian touch in order
to make a Bollywood version.
is one of the biggest Indian films to be showcased at the Cannes Film Festival
including Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi and Bipasha Basu along with
director Vishal Bharadwaj and producer Kumar Mangat will be joining the screening
of Omkara on 20 May 2006.
book on the making of the film will also be launched during the festival.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent