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Omkara the movie

We talk about bad writers, we talk about good writers, we talk about
mind-blowing writers and then we talk about "Shakespeare". this genius
is a master of tragedies, and so he proved again in "Othello". mind
blowing script it was, and all credit should be given to vishal
bhardwaj to do all justice with the masterpiece. the movie is an
indianised version of Othello, set in rural backgrounds of eastern UP.

i wont disclose the story, though a lot of people might already know
it. but there is a minor change in the end, which according to the
director, how he wanted Shakespeare to write it.it has been taken care that
names of all the characters in actual play and in movie start with the same
syllable.

Omkara (Othello) : Ajay Devgan has outdone himself in this movie. He is
a leader of few vagrant young men, and is a terror in local neighbor. A
man of principles, he enjoys a uncompromising respect by the fellow
gang. and what Ajay did, was just perfect. he doesn't has to say much
with his mouth but his eyes did that . his body language in the movie is outstanding. In true sense he was able to bring out the dark authority
and the sense of possession and jealousy as expected by Othello. his stance
will give you an idea that he owns whatever surrounds him and everything
is in his control. even when he is weak and low, he displays that authority.

Dolly (Desdemona) : Kareena after a long long time, has shown some
excerpts of her talent, which seem to be lost in recent times. her
beauty is looking fresh and modest at the same time. she has delivered
much more than what i expected. her undying trust and respect for
omkara was captured beautifully by kareena.

Langra Tyagi (Lago) : Arguably Saif's best performance so far. This guy
has shown his competence is displaying 5 out of 7 deadly sins(gluttony,
greed, envy, pride, wrath and other two he didn't have to) with extreme
passion. his dialog delivery and body language was above par.as right
hand of "omi", he rightly is very confident and carefree. but what
struk me most was how swiftly and casually he is able to switch
between loyal langra to jealous langra and vice versa. i should admit,
i never thought that saif can deliver such a mind-numbing performance.
he is the revelation of the movie. hats off Indu (Emilia) : Konkana
steals the show among the fairer sex. she is vibrant and chirpy at
times and is able to exhibit her mental strength and toughness whenever
needed. she let her body flow with the theme of the movie with an ease
thats rare to find these days. though her character has to undergo few
changes from the original, but she is the one to be looked upon in the
movie. she anyways was expected to perform, and she did justice to the
role.

Kesu Firangi (Cassio) : Vivek did what he was supposed to do. he is a
relatively young lad in the gang and has to be the face of young
generation. he has given one of his best performance even,but it seems
simply average with likes of Ajay, saif and konkana along-with him.
girls are his weakness but his loyalty towards omi is countable. the
innocence on his face was good to see. but its his innocence that takes
him into pits.

Billo Chamanbahar (Bianca) : Bipasha is a slut, she looked like one.
her appealing sensuality along with her skills in bed makes her
irresistible to men. she was probably the weakest link in the movie,
and i feel should have been replaced by may be sushmita.

Bhaisaab (duke of Venice) : Naseeruddin Shah is one of those benchmark
actors with whom other actors are compared to. And as a role of
bhaisaab who plays brahmin politics in that region, naseer is flawless.
he is a political mentor and father-figure to omkara. perfectly blended
with his character, naseer bhai is on a roll.

But most creditable piece of work came from Vishal Bhardwaj, who made
his presence felt throughout, even though he was behind the scenes.
Direction and screenplay of movie is above par, by all standards. the
movie never lost the track in 3 hrs. brilliance and attitude was in
every scene, and every shot was done with flawless precision. this was
vishal's third movie on a lit classic and each time he seems to get
better.

i think this is the first Indian movie to have all sort of swear words
and abuses freely, but then thats how people in that part of country
talk. you will find it offensive only if u cant take reality. it adds
more to the mood of the movie. and so did the music. vishal was
uncompromising on this front as well. music emphasizes the dark and
bloody ambiance of the movie. only with scenes with dolly, tone of
music becomes a bit lighter and soothing. cinematography was spot on,
and lights are used pretty judiciously esp the scene in which omi
murders in front of train. camera work is good, but could have been
better.

all in all, one of the best movie to hit cinemas in recent times and
not just in Hindi. vishal bhardwaj, you made me your fan. i highly
recommend this movie to each and everyone who cherish cinema as an art
not mere entertainment. and please don't insult it by watching it on a
DVD.

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  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    August 14, 2006 4:13 AM  

    This one is quite agreeable to me..i liked the movie..and tho i had been advised against watching it..i still went ahead..and the result...didnt understand 40 % of the movie(the expletives constituted the 40%..hihihi)
    One part tho i dont agree with...u say saif has been a relevation..i wonder if u have watched 'ek hasina thi'....he is a superb actor apart from being the best looking one..(save kunal kapur ;)
    And Shakespeare...aaaghh....i hate his works..all of them scream that he was a frustated soul...and had vishal not changed the ending..all the cinema halls must have become... wht..maybe. tomato stores? top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 14, 2006 4:17 AM  

    @ anon : i belive u r neha. dost saif, is usually known for his cheesy roles of choco boy. ek haseena thi, hmmmm tht was an ok movie..and i can remember doing saif performing out of league in thr.

    and do u even know shkspr ending..dekh pehle..it was more logical..this one was hindi cinema based ending top

  • Anonymous Anonymous says so:
    August 14, 2006 4:22 AM  

    arey dost not only talking abt this one...but in general...the frustu hero of hamlet..the incompetent hero of merchant of venice...in general...i dont like his characters and the story he spins....maybe he cud have done better with some more optimism.. top

  • Blogger sonik says so:
    August 15, 2006 8:45 AM  

    I've already heard about the movie, and after reading your post, its got irresistible. Man! now I really gotta watch it fassst. top

  • Blogger Vämp!rë says so:
    August 15, 2006 11:15 AM  

    shittti movie...sala hindi movies se bharosa fir se uth gaya mera ye moive dekh kar...grrrrr top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 15, 2006 9:01 PM  

    @ neha : optimism, how can you look for optimism in a tragedy. take his romantics..you might love them, they all usually have tragic end too.

    @ sonik : seriously, dekh le..amazing

    @ vampy : _!__. your taste has rotten my dear ol' frnd top

  • Blogger The Light-House. says so:
    August 15, 2006 10:28 PM  

    Hey Anshul,
    Good movie this ...
    The situation of floods has less to do with rain and more to do with water being realeased from the dams upstream of Tapi.
    I am all fine coz I am 40 kms away from Surat.
    I am just worried for the people and my folks. top

  • Blogger Vijeta says so:
    August 17, 2006 12:13 AM  

    Well, the description is preety gud.Once I read for Corporate also,but this has got the spunk.

    What excites me here is ur name , I 've a question? May I know are u a Menber of House Of Lords in U.K ? That ur always suffixed with LORD!!

    n if some otehr reason to that..plz let me know..i hope u won't mind doin that Gentleman..? top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 17, 2006 5:05 AM  

    @ tarun : oh i luved the movie. and dude, you take care. top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 17, 2006 8:50 PM  

    @ vijeta : thnx yaar. corporate was a good movie too, but not worth a blog.
    lol, if u know the slang meaning of spunk. ;)

    and as far as lord goes, it came from my orkut counterpart. if u are at orkut, look for the name. and as to why i got the name, its nothing but love of fellas ;) top

  • Blogger Truth Fairy says so:
    August 18, 2006 6:28 AM  

    It's an awesome movie. I just loved Saif and his character. He's really come a long way. And I loved Vishal Bharadwaj. Everything's good in this movie...acting, direction, screeplay, editing and Vishal's first love, music! I love the song 'o saathi re' and loved his voice even more. top

  • Blogger Jayant says so:
    August 19, 2006 5:43 AM  

    I totally agree with you man (except for the Bipasha is a slut part...isn't that comment a bit too strong?)! Anyway, yeah the movie is simply awesome. I'm guessing you've seen Maqbool as well. I feel M is even better than O. It's undoubtedly a modern classic.
    Coming back to Omkaara, yeah Saif was perhaps the best thing about the movie (after VB's direction of course).
    Although the only weak thing about the movie is probably the script in the second half. There were far too many blackouts and the continuity or rather the flow of the story seemed to have been broken somehow. Apart from that it was a marvellous movie with almost everyone delivering their best performances ever. Nice post. top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 21, 2006 1:37 AM  

    @ truth fairy : my fav song remained a bit low profile..i luved naina thag lenge..awesome lyrics..gulzar everywhere.


    @ jayant : second half blew lil bit..i agree. and yeah bipasha's comment was a bit strong, but then it was a compliment for her consedering her role. and i personally feel ajay devgan was the best actor top

  • Blogger Vijeta says so:
    August 22, 2006 11:23 PM  

    well i wish if i cud give u a link to a frnd's ,who has written corporate may b cuz he was fr IIM!

    n spunk..in layman language 'spicy stuff'[:)]

    n lord i got u in orkut by chance i din't even searched for u..but my doub't is still uncleared..wud u like to make it clear..? top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 23, 2006 8:47 AM  

    @ vijeta : corporate was pretty good too..but all madhur bhandarkar films are good.

    and spunk : chk dictionary gain..try google slang ictionary.

    and doubt..as in why as to my name is lord..my frnd once called me that..so i thought of updating my profile..and ever since ..... top

  • Blogger Silver Mist says so:
    August 24, 2006 6:37 AM  

    Loved the movie. Loved this post!
    I really can't describe how amazing the movie was!! The fact that it was based in UP just added to it's appeal!! :)
    Ajay Devgan was SO awesome. His silent looks in the movie were breathtaking! Even Kareena Kapoor gave a great perormance..
    Saif was way to good!
    VB reached perfection with this one.
    PS: Loed the expletives the most!! :) top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 24, 2006 8:17 AM  

    @ ishani : seriously ..adapting it in UP area did justice to it..and that explains expletives as well..infact justifies it.

    beautiful movie..in one of my all time fav list now

    i personally feel AD was the best thing in the movie top

  • Blogger Hemu says so:
    August 26, 2006 5:42 AM  

    Bhak sala , have to watch this movie now ... chah too busy with gig at weekwnd i guess :|
    Brillaint post :) top

  • Blogger Krithika says so:
    August 26, 2006 6:00 AM  

    i hav not watched the movie..nice blog title-first time here and new to blogging too top

  • Blogger crackfire says so:
    August 26, 2006 8:26 AM  

    hey came here after a long time
    ahem u have turned into a movie critic now so wat else is new
    i haven't seen omkara as of yet but seems now i'll have to catch sooner than later

    ciao top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 27, 2006 11:46 PM  

    @ hemu : sala u keep ur gigs info to urself..i m jealous and really fuming for lack of company :(

    @ krithika : thnx yaar..will visit ur blog and post my comments thr.

    @ crackfire : long time dude..lol its not just about reviews, but i guess last time u came here it was zinda and rdb thingie..will be posting new post soon..and u !! start blogging top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 30, 2006 10:16 PM  

    ppl..i've got the dvd rip of the movie..so if some1 wants it. plz let me know..i'll burn it for ya !! :) top

  • Anonymous Sarika says so:
    August 31, 2006 4:37 AM  

    Like a real movie critic u have written the review of Omkara.I agree with ur views on the movie. top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    August 31, 2006 4:50 AM  

    thnkx for the approval :)
    those are my personal feeling..and its good to have afffirmatin :) top

  • Blogger Amiya says so:
    September 01, 2006 8:11 AM  

    I loved the movie, and thank god it was Vishal Bhardwaj who made it. Might've been a disaster in the hands of a 'lesser' director.

    And I felt Langda Tyagi to be by faaaaaaaaar the best in the movie... absolutely LOVED Saif in the role!! And that's something, considering he's not really one of my favourite actors. Ajay Devgan was great of course, but in the way he always is. Not as novel a role for him as it was for Saif, you know.

    And, for some weird reason, one actor who stayed with me when I was leaving the theatre was that typical small-town UP guy... the one who goes "Langda Tyagi bahubali". Thought he did his part really well.

    Why the hell is Bipasha a slut? top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    September 02, 2006 11:26 AM  

    @ amiya : saif got gr8 acclaimations..coz he was an underdog. as far as AD's performance goes, everyone expected him to do great..

    VB did a gr8 job..but only 2 other director who cud have handeled it. may be mahesh bhatt (no need to get surprised, see zakhm and daddy) or RGV(not producer, but director)

    tht small town guy was really good..and consedering it was his debut..awesome

    and bipasha..ok..i should have written..bipasha is the slut..not a

    and yaaayyy..i got DVD of the movie top

  • Blogger Amiya says so:
    September 03, 2006 9:40 PM  

    Wow, you got the DVD already? You reeeeally like the movie, don't you :)

    And oh okay, see what a difference an article ("a"-"the") can make :D

    Haven't seen Zakhm (yes, I'm suitably ashamed of it) so can't say. But yeah, RGV is another guy who could've handled it well.. top

  • Blogger ~Lord Anshul says so:
    September 04, 2006 12:02 AM  

    @ amiya : i downloaded it few days back tht dvd ripped version. 2 cds !! yaaayy

    and huge diff tht a and the can make u see. when i say bipasha is 'a' slu, it menas its a personal comment. and when i say bipasha is 'the' slut, it means she is the slut in the movie..as in bianca or billo

    and you have not seen zakhm ??:O you can slit ur wrist :P..have u seen daddy..another mahesh bhatt's master piece top