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Omkara August 26, 2006

Posted by Shujath in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.
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Probably, the best reviewed Hindi film in recent times, Omkara is Vishal Bharadwaj’s third mainstream attempt after Makdee and Maqbool. I definitely liked the film but I would not agree with many of the reviews which have gone overboard in praising the film. I feel this is similar to what happened for last years Black. When an average cinegoer fed continuously on the crap churned out by Yash Raj and Co suddenly comes across a better product he/she seems to get very vocal and sings paeans for it to show their “liking for good cinema”.

As for the plot, it is an adaptation of Shakespears’s Othello – which by now is known to everyone whether they have heard of Othello or not before. Coming to the movie itself, the major strength of this is its cast except probably for Viveik Oberoi and Bipasha who look a bit out of place. Also, the dialogue is smart and witty…aided very well with the ample use of expletives….though some of it went over my head because of the dialect spoken in the film. I think it would have probably been a better idea if the same plot was adapted to an urban setting…at least in terms of box office receipts.

Ajay Devgan sleepwalks through his role. Saif gets the meatiest portions and lines and he does it with style. The guy who plays Saif’s friend was also very good. The rest of the cast also performed quite well. The only downside is probably the pacing, but it is in tune with the plot.

On the whole, this is a very well made film by Vishal Bharadwaj (similar to his previous ventures) which you can definitely watch….but don’t have bloated expectations about it.

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