Set in the lawless hinterlands of present day Uttar Pradesh, Omkara tells the tragic love story of Omi (Ajay Devgan) and Dolly (Kareena Kapoor). Skillfully manipulated by his lieutenant Langda, Omkara follows Omi's descent into the whirlpools of jealousy. Saif Ali Khan gives a masterful performance as the vengeful muscleman Langda, bitter at being passed over for promotion by Omi.
Directed by Vishal Bharadwaj of the Maqbool fame, Omkara is kept very close to the original story of Othello. He has added the Indian touch in order to make a Bollywood version.
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 'favorite lieutenant', Kesu. With the unwitting aid of Indu (Konkana Sen Sharma), Langda's wife, 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.
'Omkara' is an album for those who are simply tired of anything Bollywood and just wish to hear a new sound with distinct classical shades. While the movie seems sure to take a bumper opening, the same cannot be said about the music of 'Omkara' that would be primarily endorsed by the section of audience that has classical inclinations.
OMKARA is embellished with great performances, but the one who steals the show is, without a shred of doubt, Saif Ali Khan, who plays the evil Langda Tyagi brilliantly. Ajay makes a stirring and powerful interpretation of a man haunted by uncertainty about his lover's faithfulness. Kareena delivers an award-worthy performance. She looks gorgeous even without makeup. Vivek Oberoi is alright; he doesn't really get much scope. Konkona Sen Sharma is outstanding. She makes a towering impact every time she appears on screen. Bipasha Basu plays a nautch girl called Billo Chamanbahar. Naseeruddin Shah is adequate. Deepak Dobriyal [Raju] is a supremely talented actor.
On the whole, Omkara is a winner all the way.