May 4, 2016
Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen: Omkara (2006, Dir. Vishal Bhardwaj)

All screenings take place in Collins Cinema beginning at 6:30pm (except where noted)

*indicates special presentation in 35mm


Presented to expand upon the special exhibition That Right Promethean Fire: Shakespeare Illustrated, this selection of six films demonstrates the sustained and diverse engagement with Shakespeare that has inspired filmmakers around the world for nearly a century.


Generously supported by the Davis Museum Film Program Gift, and co-hosted by the Cinema and Media Studies and English departments.


May 4: Omkara (2006, Dir. Vishal Bhardwaj)

In this Indian Bollywood adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, Omkara, or “Omi,” is a gifted chieftain who heads a gang of outlaws, which include the crafty Langda Tyagi and the dynamic Kesu amongst his chief cohorts. When Omi appoints Kesu and not Langda as his chief lieutenant, Langda's pride is slighted.  Raging with envy, Langda hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful fiancee Dolly in an illicit affair with Omi's favourite lieutenant, Kesu. Using petty insinuations and lies, Langda keeps poisoning Omi's mind till one day he snaps and goes amok destroying his secure world. There is a horrific tragedy at the end, at which time Omi realizes the impact of his actions. But is it too late? (Source: Eros International).


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