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).