The film was screened in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival along with a book. The book was written on the making of the film. It was selected to be screened at the Cairo International Film Festival and Pakistan's prestigious Kara Film Festival. Omkara was shot over a period of 4 months across various locales, including Lonavala, Lucknow University, Allahabad, Bodh Gaya, Mahabaleshwar, Wai and Mumbai. Even though most of the shooting took place in Maharashtra, all the sets were erected with precise details to create an authentic Uttar Pradesh village.
Synopsis of Omkara
The story of Omkara starts in the backdrop of a village somewhere in Uttar Pradesh. Omkara Shukla i.e. Omi played by Ajay Devgan is known as bahubali which means a political enforcer. He is the gang leader that does political crimes for the politician Tiwari Bhaisaab played by Naseeruddin Shah. Ishwar Tyagi or Langda played by Saif Ali Khan and Keshav 'Kesu Firangi' Upadhyay played by Vivek Oberoi are the trusted lieutenants of Omi.
The story goes forward with Langda attacking a marriage procession, he sends Rajju played by Deepak Dobriyal who is the bridegroom to stop Omkara from kidnapping her bride Dolly Mishra played by Kareena Kapoor. Rajju fails and the wedding does not take place. Dolly's father a high profile lawyer, Ragunath Mishra played by Kamal Tiwari, becomes furious and meets Omi. He puts a rifle to Omi's head and demands the return of Dolly. Bhaisaab smoothes the situation over by having Dolly tell her father that she consented to elope with Omi and was not violently abducted. Mishra feels humiliated and betrayed, leaving his daughter with Omi.
Omi's gang eventually organizes a MMS sex scandal, smearing Bhaisaab's political opponent's reputation and helping him secure a Parliamentary position. Showing his appreciation, Bhaisaab promotes Omi from the role of a political enforcer to a candidate for the upcoming elections. When it time comes to promote one of his lieutenants, Omi chooses Kesu over Langda, which enrages him and so Langda decides to get revenge on both Omi and Kesu. As the gang celebrates their victory with Kesu's dancer-girl mistress Billo played by Bipasha Basu, Langda takes advantage of Kesu's low threshold for alcohol. Getting Kesu drunk, Langda instigates a drunken brawl between Kesu and Rajju. Omi is enraged and admonishes Kesu but starts to regret his decision.
Langda's pride is slighted and raging with envy he hatches a plot to falsely implicate Omi's beautiful wife Dolly, in a love affair with Kesu. Langda, using petty insinuations, poisons Omi's mind against Kesu and Dolly, suggesting that they are having an affair. A piece of jewellery, a kamarbandh was gifted from Omi to Dolly is stolen by Langda's wife Indu played by Konkona Sen Sharma and given to him. Langda plants this on Billo, who gives it to Kesu. This is used as more evidence for Dolly's infidelity. Jealousy clouds Omi's mind until everything is seen as more evidence against Kesu and Dolly.
To remove confusion Langda shoots Kesu with an approval from Omi. In the end, Omi confronts Dolly of her supposed unfaithfulness. In a fit of rage, he smothers her to death. Indu comes to Omi's room and sees Dolly’s lifeless body lying on the ground and Omi sitting beside her. Indu sees the kamarbandh and tells Omi that she once stole it as she was unaware of the fact that whom it belonged. Omi and Indu understand the misunderstanding and also the root cause. Angered and upset, Indu slashes Langda's throat while Omi commits suicide. The movie comes to its end while showing that Omi lying dead on the floor while Dolly's dead body swinging above his. The movie is a real tragedy which is a question on jealousy and unfaithfulness.
Soundtrack of Omkara
According to the 2006 Box Office India reports, Omkara’s soundtrack album was the year’s 11th highest selling with about 11, 50,000 units sold. The music was composed by Vishal Bhardwaj and the soulful lyrics were penned by Gulzar. The soundtrack of Omkara was produced under the label of Eros Music with Hitesh Sonik and Clinton Serejo as the music producers. Listed below are the songs and artists of the movie:
Cast and Crew of Omkara
The star cast of the Bollywood film Omkara includes Ajay Devgan, Kareena Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Vivek Oberoi, Bipasha Basu, Naseeruddin Shah, etc. The director of the film is Vishal Bharadwaj who has also given the music and background score in the movie. The producers are named as Kumar Mangat, Ketan Maroo and Neelam Pathak. Cinematography is done by Tassaduq Hussain.
Awards for Omkara
The Indian movie 'Omkara' is an award winning Hindi movie, which has won numerous awards in different heads. The movie has won Filmfare awards as best supporting actress, best villain, and best actress for critic's choice, special jury recognition, best female playback, best choreography, best art direction, best costumes and also best sound award. In the Star Screen category the movie got best actress, best villain, best music director, best lyricist and best female playback.
The film also got many awards in Zee Cine category including best actor in a supporting role-female, best actor in a negative role, best track of the year, best choreographer, best sound recording, the film got International Indian Film Academy Awards as best villain, best cinematic contribution for literary work and best female playback award. In the category of Bollywood movie awards the movie got awards for best supporting actor and best villain award.
The movie got Stardust award as hottest movie of the year, best actor in a negative role, new musical sensation, and editor’s choice best performance of the year and also editor's choice best direction of the year. In the Global Indian Film Awards category the film got best villain and best cinematography award. The movie 'Omkara' also got all India filmgoer award as best villain, best actress critic's choice, queen of heart's award, best female playback and best sound recording award. The Indian movie 'Omkara' also got some other awards as for example sports world awards as best actor in a villainous role, in Cairo International Film Festival, the film got best artistic contribution in cinema of a director, in Kara Film Festival the film also got best actor, best music director and best adapted screenplay award.