Omkara has to be appreciated for three separate reasons. One, Vishal Bharadwaj’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello is good. There have been so many over the years that it is very easy to go wrong. But Vishal avoids the pitfalls and succeeded in convincing me that the characters were real. He has packed in so many swear words and the language of the movie is so over the head that for the first time ever, I had to watch a hindi movie with subtitles on in hindi.
Two, the music, again by Vishal himself, matches the mood of the movie. Of the 8 tracks, O Saathi Re, Jag Ja and Naina, and the theme – The Tragedie Of Omkara are excellent ones. The other songs including the now famous Beedi are good enough.
Three, Saif Ali Khan. His portrayal of Langda Tyagi is one of the most menacing performances I have seen in a long time. I can’t think of anyone other than Amjad Khan’s Gabbar to compare this with (Amrish Puri might be the only other competitor).
Omkara is a brilliant film by a brilliant director. If only mainstream Bollywood made movies even remotely comparable to this.
Aristotle says (about Omkara’s music) : 7.0 / 10