Omkara (2006)

Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen


Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 6:30pm
Collins Cafe, Collins Cinema

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 and raging with envy, he 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 tearing up his secure world, leading up to a horrific tragedy at the end of which Omi realizes the backlash of his actions. But is it too late? (Source: Eros International).

About Shakespeare on the Global Silver Screen:

Presented to expand upon the special exhibition Shakespeare Pictured: Art and Books from Wellesley Collections, 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.