Omkara, is a 2006 Indian crime drama film was based on Modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’, it was co-written and directed by Vishal Bhardwaj. And it was produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak with Shemaroo Entertainment. It starred Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles, supported by Vivek Oberoi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Bipasha Basu.
Film was released on 28 July 2006, Omkara had a good performance at the box office in India and earned praises all over and it earned grossed $16,466,144 worldwide.
The director Vishal Bhardwaj himself composed the entire music for the film, including the background score, Lyrics was written by Gulzar.
The film was won several Awards Including Three National Award, and seven Filmfare award, and also won three Awards at the Kara Film Festival, It was also selected to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival, where Bhardwaj was awarded for Best Artistic Contribution in Cinema of a Director.
Omkara was shot over a period of 4 months across various Locations including Lucknow University, Allahabad, Lonavala, Satara Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai, Even though most of the shooting took place in Maharashtra, The film were set in Meerut, a city in Western Uttar Pradesh.
Omkara (Ajay Devgan) is a gang-leader in the semi-lawless state of UP. Bhaisaab’s election win promotes Omi, leaving his “Youth Leader” seat empty. In a logical political move, Omi selects Kesu Firangi (Vivek Oberoi) as his successor ignoring his loyal right-hand-man Langda Tyagi (Saif). Langda slowly poisons Omkara’s mind against Kesu leading him down a path too dark for anyone’s good. Kareena, Konkona & Bipasha play Omi, Langda & Kesu’s love interests respectively.
Performance wise Kareena Kapoor has been made to look really good, Ajay Devgan performance was outstanding , the obsessive lover, the ruthless gang leader, a man eaten up by his inferiority complex and the doubts borne thereof, Ajay lives each and every moment of his character.Saifali Khan, Bipasha Basu and Konkana Sen Sharma all are also too good