Director Vishal Bharadwaj seems immensely fascinated by Shakespeare's works. First it was MAQBOOL, adaptation of Macbeth, and now its Vishal's forthcoming film OMKARA that is based on Othello. The film brings together many talented actors including Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Kareena Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Bipasha Basu and Naseeruddin Shah.
OMKARA depicts various human emotions like love, wrath, obsession, sexual jealousy, avarice, power... all interconnected with each other, and the subsequent disastrous repercussions that ruin everything!
Set against the Indian milieu of political warfare in the interiors of Uttar Pradesh, the film follows one man's descent into sexual jealousy because of his passionate love for his woman and the final destruction of that love at the altar of blind obsession. Love is blind but its flip side jealousy can tear apart the strongest and bravest of warriors.
Omkara or Omi (Ajay Devgan) is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which include the crafty Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan) and the dynamic Kesu (Vivek Oberoi) amongst his chief cohorts. The story begins when Omi appoints Kesu and not Langda as his chief lieutenant. Langda's pride is slighted and raging with envy he hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful lover Dolly (Kareena Kapoor), in a love affair with Omi's favourite lieutenant, Kesu. With the unwitting aid of Indu, Langda's wife (Konkona Sen Sharma), and the willing help of Raju, a fellow grouch, Langda's plan takes shape and results in horrific tragedy. Using petty insinuations and lies, Langda keeps poisoning Omi's mind till one day it snaps and Omi goes about tearing up his own safe and secure world. By the time he realizes what he has done and the backlash of his actions it is too late...
But like all love stories which, never really end... out of the ashes of this one too comes a twist. Omkara's dark issak or love for Dolly, Dolly's unquestioning issak for Omi, Langda's warped loyalty and jealousy for Omi, the vibrant Kesu's unswerving devotion to Omi - all leading up to a dark tragedy where Omi finally realizes what he has done...Can one undo the past? Is there really no ray of hope?
Well... Love binds and love destroys!
Many titles like 'Issak' and 'O Saathi Re' were considered before finalizing OMKARA, via an audience voting. The film is all set to release on 28th July.