Tuesday, May 16, 2006
'What's in a name' said William Shakespeare. Quite a lot when it comes to the cinematic adaptation of his classic literature Othello! That's because, as we all are aware by now, the film has got its final title as Omkara. That's the name of the character played by Ajay Devgan in the film.
Another actor who's making quite a buzz for this film is Saif Ali Khan who is playing a negative character named Eshwar Tyagi. In the film he is referred as Langda Tyagi due to his limp. His character will showcase shades of jealousy and insecurity.
Meanwhile director Vishal Bharadwaj who also sought inspiration from Shakespeare for his last film Maqbool (adapted from Macbeth says, "I had no fascination for Shakespeare. I was introduced to the master very late during my research for Makdee"
"Shakespearian stories are not only very humane but also timeless. They are classic and can be adapted to cinema. One can now make films for all his stories. That's the power of William Shakespeare. So humane that it can be adapted to anything and the characters are so relevant even today"
Vishal Bharadwaj admits that Omkara is fundamentally based on Othello but he clarifies, "I took only the masterline from Othello and sketched it from there on my own. I almost felt as if I had written it ...only 400 years ago."