14 Years Of Omkara: 5 Reasons Vishal Bharadwaj’s ‘Desi Othello’ Is A Modern Masterpiece

Omkara established itself as a cult film that draws attention till today. Here's why you should revisit this film available for free on ZEE5.

Omkara on ZEE5

Omkara directed by Vishal Bharadwaj, the master of adapting Shakespeare in an Indian context, is a work of genius. He also made two more Shakespeare adaptations with Maqbool and Haider that are still held in high regard by Hindi film buffs. Omkara was also well received internationally and was one of the contenders for India’s official entry in the Oscars in 2007. The film also introduced us to characters like Omi Bhaiya and Langda Tyagi among others.

Watch the film available for free on ZEE5.

Here are 5 reasons that make Omkara a modern classic that you simply cannot miss.

Shakespeare adaptation: Omkara is based on popular Shakespear play Othello. This film has one recurring dialogue that is almost a literal translation of the original play along the lines of ‘a woman who cannot be loyal to be her father cannot be loyal to any man’. This film is a drama that brings a centuries-old story in a new context.

Formidable writers and director: Vishal Bharadwaj who co-wrote and directed this film has given some brilliant films and garnered much respect for his work. In fact, Vishal Bharadwaj’s co-writer Abhishek Chaubey is also the man behind films like Sonchiriya and Udta Punjab among others.

Iconic characters: The film features Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan Vivek Oberoi and Kareena Kapoor in leading roles. Every character will remain with you long after the movie is over. The characters of Omi Bhaiya (Ajay Devgn) and Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan) especially draw your attention

Brilliant supporting cast: This film pulled a major casting coup where the supporting characters really steal the show. This includes actors who have been labelled great character actors today including Konkona Sen Sharma, Deepak Dobriyal, Pankaj Tripathi and of course Naseeruddin Shah.

Popular and Heartfelt songs: The film is set in the outskirts and heartlands in India and the music reflects that. Rekha Bharadwaj’s voice elevates the music with Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhwinder Singh and many more. Even the item numbers in this film don’t feel forced and are vital to the story, not to mention incredibly popular till today.

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