dangermousie: (BW: DCH Akash by chalkare)
After thinking it over, I've decided that Omkara is both my favorite Bollywood movie, and my favorite movie Shakespeare adaptation (it bumped off Branagh's Hamlet off the top spot). I can't stop thinking about it and simply must see it again. Of course, as with any movie I am in love with, apparently it's shaping to be a horrible flop probably because it doesn't have over-made-up phony college students dancing in Switzerland. Argh. It does seem to have the rare distinction of no single bad review about in on BWhat thread so far.

And yes, I still have that long Mars post to make. Later. I do have to say the thing I love the most about this is that no matter how OTT the situations, the characters feel real and so does their response.
dangermousie: (BW: DCH Akash by chalkare)
After thinking it over, I've decided that Omkara is both my favorite Bollywood movie, and my favorite movie Shakespeare adaptation (it bumped off Branagh's Hamlet off the top spot). I can't stop thinking about it and simply must see it again. Of course, as with any movie I am in love with, apparently it's shaping to be a horrible flop probably because it doesn't have over-made-up phony college students dancing in Switzerland. Argh. It does seem to have the rare distinction of no single bad review about in on BWhat thread so far.

And yes, I still have that long Mars post to make. Later. I do have to say the thing I love the most about this is that no matter how OTT the situations, the characters feel real and so does their response.
dangermousie: (BW: DCH Akash by chalkare)
After thinking it over, I've decided that Omkara is both my favorite Bollywood movie, and my favorite movie Shakespeare adaptation (it bumped off Branagh's Hamlet off the top spot). I can't stop thinking about it and simply must see it again. Of course, as with any movie I am in love with, apparently it's shaping to be a horrible flop probably because it doesn't have over-made-up phony college students dancing in Switzerland. Argh. It does seem to have the rare distinction of no single bad review about in on BWhat thread so far.

And yes, I still have that long Mars post to make. Later. I do have to say the thing I love the most about this is that no matter how OTT the situations, the characters feel real and so does their response.
dangermousie: (BW: Fanaa rain by chalkare)
Just got back from Omkara,, India's take on Othello, set among the political underworld of Uttar Pradesh and WOW. This has knocked off Fanaa from my favorite movie of the year spot. Actually, it's pretty much in the running for my favorite Bollywood movie ever.

Let me repeat that, wow. This was one of the very rare movies where I really didn't have anything I had a problem with or wanted to correct. It was tragic, brutal, and completely irresistible. Very very tight screenplay. And it was perfectly cast. In fact, the movie works in a large part because the cast is so pitch perfect.

Spoilery thoughts on the movie. But come on, everyone knows the plot of Othello )
dangermousie: (BW: Fanaa rain by chalkare)
Just got back from Omkara,, India's take on Othello, set among the political underworld of Uttar Pradesh and WOW. This has knocked off Fanaa from my favorite movie of the year spot. Actually, it's pretty much in the running for my favorite Bollywood movie ever.

Let me repeat that, wow. This was one of the very rare movies where I really didn't have anything I had a problem with or wanted to correct. It was tragic, brutal, and completely irresistible. Very very tight screenplay. And it was perfectly cast. In fact, the movie works in a large part because the cast is so pitch perfect.

Spoilery thoughts on the movie. But come on, everyone knows the plot of Othello )
dangermousie: (BW: Fanaa rain by chalkare)
Just got back from Omkara,, India's take on Othello, set among the political underworld of Uttar Pradesh and WOW. This has knocked off Fanaa from my favorite movie of the year spot. Actually, it's pretty much in the running for my favorite Bollywood movie ever.

Let me repeat that, wow. This was one of the very rare movies where I really didn't have anything I had a problem with or wanted to correct. It was tragic, brutal, and completely irresistible. Very very tight screenplay. And it was perfectly cast. In fact, the movie works in a large part because the cast is so pitch perfect.

Spoilery thoughts on the movie. But come on, everyone knows the plot of Othello )
dangermousie: (BW: Saif by jadeicons)
One of my most anticipated movies of the year is Omkara, an Indian (it's really not Bollywood at all) take on Othello. It has an excellent director (Vishal Bharadwaj who did Maqbool, a retelling of Macbeth set in Mumbai underworld) and a better cast, and promises to be grim and good, as it places the story among a 'gang' of political mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Devgan (who does look a lot more 'Indian' then the rest of the cast and can play both chilling psychopaths and vulnerable souls equally well) plays Othello, Kareena Kapoor (who is pale and elegant and can play both strong and fragile) plays Desdemona, Saif Ali Khan plays Iago (a far cry from his adorable, sophisticated young men, but not surprising after his scary scary turn in Ek Hasina Thi), Vivek Oberoi plays Cassius, and Konkona Sen plays Emilia.

I just love the projects Saif has been picking lately.

Poster for the film:


More pics behind the cut )
dangermousie: (BW: Saif by jadeicons)
One of my most anticipated movies of the year is Omkara, an Indian (it's really not Bollywood at all) take on Othello. It has an excellent director (Vishal Bharadwaj who did Maqbool, a retelling of Macbeth set in Mumbai underworld) and a better cast, and promises to be grim and good, as it places the story among a 'gang' of political mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Devgan (who does look a lot more 'Indian' then the rest of the cast and can play both chilling psychopaths and vulnerable souls equally well) plays Othello, Kareena Kapoor (who is pale and elegant and can play both strong and fragile) plays Desdemona, Saif Ali Khan plays Iago (a far cry from his adorable, sophisticated young men, but not surprising after his scary scary turn in Ek Hasina Thi), Vivek Oberoi plays Cassius, and Konkona Sen plays Emilia.

I just love the projects Saif has been picking lately.

Poster for the film:


More pics behind the cut )
dangermousie: (BW: Saif by jadeicons)
One of my most anticipated movies of the year is Omkara, an Indian (it's really not Bollywood at all) take on Othello. It has an excellent director (Vishal Bharadwaj who did Maqbool, a retelling of Macbeth set in Mumbai underworld) and a better cast, and promises to be grim and good, as it places the story among a 'gang' of political mafia in Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Devgan (who does look a lot more 'Indian' then the rest of the cast and can play both chilling psychopaths and vulnerable souls equally well) plays Othello, Kareena Kapoor (who is pale and elegant and can play both strong and fragile) plays Desdemona, Saif Ali Khan plays Iago (a far cry from his adorable, sophisticated young men, but not surprising after his scary scary turn in Ek Hasina Thi), Vivek Oberoi plays Cassius, and Konkona Sen plays Emilia.

I just love the projects Saif has been picking lately.

Poster for the film:


More pics behind the cut )

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