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Omkara (2006)

Written By Awir Aditya on Sunday, May 23, 2010 | 9:58 PM

Genre: Action/Crime/Drama/Romance

Starring: Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Konkona Sen Sharma, Naseeruddin Shah, Bipasha Basu, Deepak Dobriyal

Set in rural north India, an area where corrupt police officers, outlaws and politicians rule the land. Dolly (Kapoor) a young beautiful girl elopes with one such outlaw, Omkara (Devgan). Omkara supports the local politician Bhaisaab (Shah) and manages to trounce his opponent for the upcoming parliamentary elections. Happy with his work, Bhaisaab promotes Omkara as the candidate for the next state elections and Omkara promotes his aide Kesu Firangi (Oberoi) as Bahubali, or general, who would soon take his place. Omkara's faithful sidekick Langda Tyagi (Khan) is hurt that he wasn't made Bahubali and plans to topple Kesu as a form of revenge. He teams up with Raju (Dobriyal) who too is seeking revenge from Omkara for stealing Dolly, his would-be wife from under his nose. What ensues is the most rotten politics, all for the lust of power and money. The movie is plagued with rural slang and abuses which is loaded with sarcasm and vulgar humour. If the language is hard to get by you, the movie's true essence might be lost. What makes the movie shine is not the plot but the phenomenal acting. The extra efforts of the entire crew can be seen but Saif Ali Khan is exceptionally brilliant. The manner in which he delivers the dialogues in the perfect manner and the precise expression make you wish for more. The biggest let down though is the stretched plot which gets slow around the half-way mark. The climax is fabulous and can easily run a chill down your spine and leave you awestruck. A fabulous work of art with a cult following in Bollywood. Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello.

Thumbs up: Fabulous acting, Saif Ali Khan in particular
Thumbs down: Slow and lengthy plot

Rating: 7.2/10
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