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Omkara [DVD]

Ajay Devgan , Vivek Oberoi , Vishal Bhardwaj    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan
  • Directors: Vishal Bhardwaj
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eros International
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HXDTSA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,723 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Indian version of Shakespeare's Othello, directed by Vishal Bharadwaj. Transposed to the interiors of Uttar Pradesh and an atmosphere of intense political warfare, the famous story of one man's descent into sexual jealousy is retold in a contemporary Indian setting. Omkara (or 'Omi') is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which includes the crafty Langda Tyagi and the dynamic Kesu. When Omi appoints Kesu, and not Langda, as his chief lieutenant, Langda's pride is slighted. Raging with envy, he hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful wife Dolly in a love affair with Omi's favourite lieutenant, Kesu. With the unwitting aid of Indu, Langda's wife, and the willing help of Rajju, a fellow grouch, Langda's plan blooms uncontrollably and leads to tragedy.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Othello in small-town India 28 Feb 2007
Format:DVD
This is a brilliant retelling of Othello, set in small-town India. Omkara (the Othello character) is the main enforcer for a local politician, Bhaisahab. The trouble starts when Omkara needs to appoint his successor and chooses Kesu (Cassio) to succeed him, rather than Langda (Iago). Langda is furious and takes his revenge on both men by poisoning Omkara's mind with suggestions of an affair between Kesu and Omkara's lover, Dolly. The acting is excellent--Saif Ali Khan is excellent as Langda, and so is Ajay Devgan as Omkara. Vivek Oberoi as Kesu, Konkona Sen Sharma as Indu (Langda's wife) and Naseeruddin Shah as Bhaisahab are also very good. And Kareena Kapoor is very convincing as the naive, trusting Dolly. The director, Vishal Bharadwaj, also wrote the screenplay and the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DIVINE FEAST FOR PSYCHE AND SENSES 5 Jan 2009
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When Shakespeare penned Othello it was set in Venice ,but it has a universal theme which is timeles and Vishal has adapted it to set it in the Cowbelt in India, in a rural milieu with a genuine village dialect and a very indigenious rural 'mafioso' setting ,

The eternal story of a man woman relationship destroyed by scepticism and fake suspicions fuelled by paranoia,envy and petty jealousy -mendacity and rumor-mongering by villainous foes and friends alike ,who have an axe to grind whether for power or greed has been made for the screen numerous times ,but the execution and settings here almost transform it to an Indian parabhle ,as you see local politicians in rural India negotiating ploitical deals on a moving lorry on a makeshift dirt road as if it is a plush office ,and the chanting hindu monks on an antique and majestic hilltop temple presiding over ancient hindu rituals ,the political assassinations by a mafia gang of an opponent in a moving public train compartment ,and the true to life dialogues which are both wise and profane but always heavenly to hear.

The life like characters mouthing the quaint local dialect weave a spell on your senses in a delicate mesh and at the same time its rivetting to behold the visual splendour and trivial detail which enfolds on the screen in artful imagery like a "caravaggioesque chiorascuro"work of art .
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5.0 out of 5 stars One word - Fantastic! 24 Mar 2007
By Griffin
Format:DVD
It's refreshing to see that some people in the Indian film industry have realised that Shakespeare did write plays, other than Romeo and Juliet.

Omkara is a little dark in nature, therefore, it might not appeal to the average Bollywood film fan. But its worth watching for the outstanding performances delivered by Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Ajay Devgan.

Omkara is a beautiful story of love and tragedy: for anyone who has read Shakespeare's Othello, this version will be simply delightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Vishal Bhardwaj's Indian version of Othello, called Omkara, sets the classic Shakespearean plot in modern time India.

Instead of having a moor for Othello, Omkara is a half-caste, not considered worthy of marrying the well off Dolly (the equivalent for Desdemona).
This adaptation manages to magically keep the essence of Shakespeare's play without ignoring all the details that would make it Indian. The dancing and singing scenes are reminiscent of Bollywood movies, but the quality of the movie makes it a must for all publics, and the acting is beautiful. I particularly liked the role of Kesus (Casio) played by the handsome and passionate Vivek Oberoi.

It is the first movie by Bhardwaj that I see, and I really am interested to watch his rendition of Macbeth, named Maqbool.

Watch it, whether or not you like Indian movies or have a bit of prejudice against them. This one is a work of art!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Othello in India 29 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
This Indian retelling of Shakespeares Othello is a gritty, dark delight. Don't expect happy endings, but you can look forward to excellent dialogue and brilliant performances from all the cast. Even Kareena Kapoor, who I usually find rather insipid does well.
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By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Another excellent Shakespeare adaptation by Bhardwaj, this time moving the story of "Othello" to the modern Indian underworld, and making Othello (here called Omkara) not black, but a half-caste.

The acting is all of a very high order -- understated but intense, and even a familiarity with the events of the play didn't keep this from feeling suspenseful, intense and occasionally quite emotional.

If you have the cliché vision of a Bollywood film in mind, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The acting is naturalistic, not histrionic (with only one or two exceptions in supporting roles). There is a song or two, but they flow naturally out of the action, in situations where singing is appropriate (e.g. a performance by one of the characters at a party, where others join in).

Note: this is an adaptation of the story, the language is not Shakespeare's. The dialogue is contemporary, and story elements are changed, so this isn't for purists. On the other hand, no familiarity with the original is needed to fully enjoy this complex tale of passion, politics and betrayal. It is alive, and filled with social commentary, romance, and ever evolving alliances. The film also looks great.

Ironically the regular Eros DVD of this film looks better than the Eagle blu-ray of it's twin Maqbool (Bhardwaj's take on Macbeth).
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