Omkara (2006 - Hindi)
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Very soon we will be seeing a gangster movie of Saif Ali Khan. The actor has teamed up with director Tigmanshu Dhulia for Uttar Pradesh-based gangster movie "Bullet Raja" and says it will be very different from "Omkara.
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Omkara is based on William Shakespeare’s 17th century classic ,”Othello”. Regarded as one of the Bard’s finest plays about the human condition, it is being brought to life in an Indian milieu for the first time in a mainstream Hindi film, by noted writer director Vishal Bhardwaj. This is his successive Shakespeare effort after the highly celebrated “Maqbool”which brought the brooding Macbeth to Indian screens a couple of years back.
Set against the milieu of political warfare in the interiors of Uttar Pradesh, Omkara follows one man’s descent into sexual jealousy and the ...
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Omkara: A Classic Of International Standards! I caught the first day first show of Omkara when it was released, and I must say that I am astounded still today. Vishal Bharadwaj had previously carved a niche for himself in the industry, with the likes of Makdee and Maqbool, but Omkara puts him in a league of his own. It is an exquisite work of art, with each person putting in their best. Everyone knows Omkara to be an adaptation of Othello, and I frankly expected Omkara to be just that. At best, I thought it would be Vishal's homage to Shakespeare. I was terribly wrong. ...» Read full review
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The title of the film, "Omkara", was decided by a contest that was open to the public. Three names were shortlisted for the title and the general public voted in by SMS to choose their favorite. The selected names included "Omkara", "O Saathi Re" and "Issak" (the western UP pronunciation of the word "Ishq"). The public voted overwhelmingly in favor of "Omkara". However, all three of the possible titles are songs on the soundtrack ("Issak" being another name for the song "Namak").
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Also spelt like: Omkaara, Omkaraa