June 15, 2006


The trailer for OMAKARA, Vishal Bhardwaj's Bollywood adaptation of OTHELLO, is up (download it as a Windows Media File) along with a batch of new posters and I have to say I'm getting excited about this one. The cast is rock solid, and the director's previous film, MAQBOOL, was plenty entertaining. Looking at the trailer I get the feeling this is an actual movie with actual design and actual cinematography, unlike a lot of this year's Bollywood crop where the camerawork is only in the service of getting the actors on film. Seeing how much production pizzaz is stuffed into OMKARA, at least after this brief look, makes me think that between SHIVA, KRRISH and OMKARA this could be a great summer for Bollywood.

There are some more trailers for download at NaachGaana.

OMAKARA, Vishal Bhardwaj's Bollywood adaptation of OTHELLO

June 15, 2006 at 10:30 AM in Trailers | Permalink


Can't wait for this. Maqbool was one of the best films to come out of India in years.

Posted by: David Austin | Jun 16, 2006 7:57:52 AM

Couldn’t agree more. Though unfortunately the person responsible for Maqbool, Hemant Chaturvedi, is not involved in Omkara. Though only credited as the dp, it is common knowledge that he directed the film.

I still have hope for Omkara, but I somehow doubt it will anywhere near as good as Maqbool

Posted by: Victor | Jun 17, 2006 12:46:15 AM

Hardly "common knowledge" at all, 13. Hemant is a mediocre cinematographer, and Omkara will not only be better shot, but will be a better film.

Posted by: David | Jun 22, 2006 8:08:41 PM

Technology has improved, MUSIC DIRECTOR TURNED DIRECTOR HAS BIGGER BUDGET TO WORK WITH, therefore i think the film will be shot somewhat better, However i must say cast of Maqbool was a bit stronger. Irfan Khan, Pankaj and Tabu were very natural in their respective roles in Maqbool. I am not sure as to if Kareena and Vivek Oberoi can live under the skin of the roles given to them in Omkara..Even if the movie doesn't live upto Maqbool, I hardly believe it will let us down compared to mass produced garbage commercial Movies in India. Here are some examples as to why indian movies get bad rep Zinda(total copy of Oldboy), Bluffmaster(copy of Nine Queens), Murder(copy of Unfaithful) these are just a few, if you dig it up there is so many that it will boggle ur head. There are some directors who are very capable of giving brilliant movies. Here are some examples Deepha Metha (Water, Earth, Fire), Mani Ratnam's (Dil Se, Iruvar, Yuva), Ram Gopal Varma's (Satya, Company). The point here I am trying to make is in Vishal Bhardwaz i have complete faith that it won't be a total disaster, after watching some of his movies...so definetly check it out if ya get a chance. I think i wrote a lot ciao..

Posted by: Baid | Jun 22, 2006 11:40:48 PM

whoever thinks hemant chaturvedi is a mediocre cinematogrpher is certainly a person with negligible aesthetics and possibly no discernment whatsoever. you only have to look at his choice of films and the unique quality of his work to know that he is indeed a gift to indian cinematography history. while omkara will turn out well. it is a commonly known fact that vishal bhardwaj relies entirely on other peoples inputs, especially his associate director. so whether he deserves the director's credit on any of his films is something time will tell. however, vishal is a gifted writer. so, david, whoever you are, don't comment on subjects alien to you, or take your foot out of your mouth, and be on your way!

Posted by: ashok | Jul 7, 2006 2:28:25 AM

Rightly said Ashok, forget his choice of films, just pick up any of Hemant's films and his work stands tall. There are so many gifted cinematographers around but Hemant's work is so strikingly unique and stunning. His compositions, his understanding of light, just elevate a film to an altogether different level. So, dear David, hope you realize soon enough that shooting from the mouth is much easier than shooting a movie.

Posted by: Yasir Abbasi | Jul 23, 2006 6:25:11 AM

Vishal was one of the better contemporary bollywood music composers, but as a director he was novice. So when he decided to turn to directing with his first film, Makdee, he hired his close friend , Hemant Chaturvedi, already an established cinematographer at the time, as the dp/asst. director for the feature. The reports following the film, just as in Maqbool, by people who had worked on the film, was that Hemant had actually directed the film. The same thing occurred a year later for Vishal’s second feature Maqbool. Of course after Maqbool, the two had split.

The only proof you need is to watch Vishal’s third film, Blue Umbrella, to see it was made in a completely different style than his first two films. Now as for Omkara, whether it is good or not remains to be seen. But with Hemant not involved I somehow doubt it will reach the level of Maqbool.

Posted by: Victor | Jul 23, 2006 8:21:14 PM

Omkara takes Cinematography in India to a different level. The best night exterior I have ever seen. Incredible stuff. And who ever said their is any correlation between good cinematography and big budgets.

Posted by: Rohit Mahajan | Aug 6, 2006 10:20:38 PM

After seeing Omkara, I think we can put to rest these rumors about Bharadwaj relying on Hemant Chaturvedi once and for all. It's a gorgeously shot film, and a worthy follow-up to Maqbool. My review is here: http://www.cinemastrikesback.com/?p=1235

Posted by: David Austin | Aug 7, 2006 7:13:20 AM

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