Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Omkara - A rough but great movie

Omkara (release in 2006) was a much awaited movie. Director Vishal Bhardwaj had earlier made a name for himself with Makdee and Maqbool (starring an incredible performance by Irfan Khan), and his Hindi interpretation of Shakespeare's Othello had already lead to much anticipation, with the prospect of Saif Ali Khan playing a baddie's role being much awaited.
The movie delivered, but not too much as Vishal would have thought. It won a great amount of critical acclaim, and extreme kudos for the 2 best performances of Saif Ali Khan and Konkona Sen. Vivek Oberoi and Kareina Kapoor won praise, while the performance of Ajay Devgun could have been better - much more is expected out of an actor who has given a performance like Gangajal.

Omkara - A great movie, but crude

No matter, the movie belongs to Saif Ali Khan. His portrayal of the angry avenger Iago is brilliant. The movie would have been a commercial success if not for the dark atmosphere of the movie, and the crude dialog (replete with the Hindi curse words that you would hear in such a setting, but which inhibit more families and larger audiences from attending). Further, the portrayal of the settings of a rural UP are not exactly geared for wider commercial. Having said that, the movie did very well in markets abroad such as the US and British markets.
Ajay Devgun plays Omkara (Othello), Kareena Kapoor plays Dolly Mishra (Desdemona), Konkona Sen Sharma plays Indu (Iago's wife Emilia), Vivek Oberoi plays Kesu 'the firangi' (since he is from the city) (Cassio), and Bipasha Basu plays Billo Chamanbahar (Bianca).
Omkara is a local bahubali, a person capable of getting things done as well as controlling a criminal gang, and thus very valuable to the local politician Tiwari Bhaisaab (Naseeruddin Shah). This helps him right in the beginning when he elopes with Dolly and her father objects. When his daughter states that she was not abducted, but eloped on her own, he feels ashamed. This is a small twist in the story. The main story is when Tiwari moves onto a bigger role and wants Omkara to take his local seat. This is to be the culmination of Langda Tyaagi's (Saif Ali Khan) ambitions, to be the successor to Omkara. He is shocked and driven into a rage when Omkara appoints Kesu to be the next successor.
In this rage, he starts planning revenge, and does so without any hesitation or thought, and this is the guts of the movie. The cunning that he deploys to break both Omkara and Kesu, and in the process use a number of other people such as his own wife, Omkara's would-be-bride Dolly and the jilted lover of Dolly. His plans play on the most base of human emotions, trust, and eventually he manages to convince Omkara about an affair between his Dolly and his trusted lieutant Kesu, leading to a final conflict where Omkara destroys his own world and then takes his own life in regret over what he has done.
The screenplay, direction and music is all by Vishal Bhardwaj, lyrics are by Gulzar. The song 'Beedi jalai' became a national hit

Videos of songs from Omkara:

Beedi Jalaen Le



Jabaan Pe Lagaa Ishq Pyaar



Naina Thag Lege



O Saathi Re



Omkara Re Omkara



Buy the Movie



Buy the music



See some of the awards won (Wikipedia)

Lyrics for the movie:

Beedi Jalaayile Jigar Se Piya (Sung by Sukhwinder Singh)

na gilaaf, na lihaaf
(na gilaaf, na lihaaf thandi hawa bhi khilaaf sasuri) - 2
ho itni sardi hai kisika lihaaf lehi leh
ho jaa padosi ke chuleh se aag lehi leh - 2
(beedi jalaayile jigar se piya, jigarma badi aag hai) - 2
??tu aana nigaari alag se piya aah aa
tu aana nigaari alag se piya, ke duniya badi dhank hai
haan beedi jalaayile jigar se piya, jigarma badi aag hai
na gilaaf, na lihaaf thandi hawa bhi khilaaf sasuri
ho itni sardi hai kisika lihaaf lehi leh
ho jaa padosi ke chuleh se aag lehi leh - 2

na kasoor, na fatoor
na kasoor, na fatoor, bina juraam ke hajoor maar gaye, ho maar gaye
ho aise ik din duphari bula liyo re
bandh ghungroo kachehri lagaliyo re
bulaayliyo re, bulaayliyo re dupehri
lagaayilo re, lagaayilo re kachehri
angeethi jalaayile jigar se piya, jigarma badi aag hai
beedi jalaayile jigar se piya, jigarma badi aag hai

ho na toh chakkuon ki dhaar, ho na daraati?? na kataar - 2
aisa kaate ke daat ka nisaan chhod de
ke katayi toh koi bhi kisaan jod de
o aise jaalim ka jod de re makaan jod de, re bilo...
jaaalim ka jod de makaan jod de
aise jaalim ka, o aise jaaalim ka,
aise jaaalim ka jod de makaan jod de
na bulaaya, na bataaya
na bulaaya, na bataaya, maane neend se jagaya, haay re
aise chonkele haath mein naseeb aa gaya
woh ilaychi khilayike kareeb aa gaya
koyila jalayile jigar se piya, jigarma, aag hai

itni sardi hai kisika lihaaf lehi leh
ho jaa padosi, ho jaa padosi, jaa jaa padosi
ho jaa padosi ke chuleh se aag lehi leh




Omkara Re Omkara (Sung by Sukhwinder Singh)

(dham dham dharam dharaiya re, sabse bade ladaiya re
omkara, hey omkara) - 2
hey omkara re, omkara
arre dham dham dharam dharaiya re, sab se bade ladaiya re
omkara, hey omkara, hey omkara re, omkara
aankhein tez takaiya do, tu jeeb saamp ka phunkara
omkara, hey omkara
arre bijuri sa pondhe?? sar pe, jiski talvaar ka jhankara
omkara, hey omkara, omkara re, omkara
omkara, omkara, omkara, omkara re, omkara

(maathe par tirsul ke jaise, teen teen bal badhte hain
arre kaan pe jooenge toh bhaiya raan bajaa chal padhte hain) - 2
gali gali mein, arre gali gali mein
gali gali mein bhay baitha hai chaunk pe gunja hunkaara, omkaara
arre (dhum - 3), dham dham dharam dharaya re, sab se badhe ladaiya re
omkara, hey omkara, hey omkara re
(jhaanan jhaanan jhaanan chankaara) - 2
(badh bhaiya bhaiya badh bhaiya omkara) - 2
omkara

(chat par aakar gidh baithe aur parnaalo se khoon baahe
arre kaun gira hai, kaun kata hai, kisma dam hai kaun kahe) - 2
chhakke chhut gaye dushman ke, omkara
chhakke chhut gaye dushman ke, dharati maange chhutkaara
omkara, hey omkara, omkara re omkara
arre dham dham dharam dharaiya re, sab se badhe ladaiya re
omkara, hey omkara
hey aankhein tez takaiya do, tu jeeb saamp ka phunkara
omkara, hey omkara
arre bijuri sa pondhee sar pe, jiski talvaar ka jhankara
(omkara, hey omkara) - 2
chhakke chhut gaye dushman ke
chhakke chhut gaye dushman ke, dharati maange chhutkaara, omkaara
(jhaanan jhaanan jhaanan chankaara,
badhe bhaiya bhaiya badhe bhaiya ) - 2 omkara
omkara re, omkara



O Saathi Re (Sung by SHREYA GHOSHAL, VISHAL BHARADWAJ)

o saathi re din dube na - 2
aa chal din ko roke
dhup ke peeche daude
chaanv chhue na
o saathi re
o saathi re din dube na
aa chal din ko roke
dhup ke peeche daude
chaanv chhue na
o saathi re
o saathi re din dube na
thaka thaka suraj jab nadi se hokar niklega
hari hari kaayi pe paanv bada toh fislega
tum rok ke rakhna main jaal giraaun
tum pith pe lena main haath lagaaun
din dube na ha
teri meri atti katti
daat se khaati katti
re jaiiyo na
o piyu re
o piyu re na jaiyyo na

kabhi kabhi yun kare main daantu aur tum darna
ugal pade aankhon se feenke paani ka jharna
hmm tere kehre badan mein sil jaaungi re
jab karwat lega tu chhil jaaungi re
sang le jaaunga
teri meri angni mangni
and sang laagi sangni
sang le jaaun
o piyu re
o saathi re din dube na
aa chal din ko roke
dhup ke peeche daude
chaanv chhue na
o saathi re



Naina Thag Lenge (Sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan)

nainon ki mat maaniyo re
nainon ki mat suniyo
nainon ki mat maaniyo re
nainon ki mat suniyo
nainon ki mat suniyo re
naina thag lenge - 2 thag lenge naina thag lenge
naina thag lenge thag lenge naina thag lenge
jagte jaadu phukenge re jagte jagte jaadu
jagte jaadu phukenge re neenden banjar kar denge
naina thag lenge - 2 thag lenge naina thag lenge
naina thag lenge thag lenge naina thag lenge
nainon ki mat maaniyo re

bhala manda dekhe na paraya na saga re
nainon ko toh dasne ka chaska laga re
bhala manda dekhe na paraya na saga re
nainon ko toh dasne ka chaska laga re
nainon ka zehar nasheela re - 4
baadalon mein satrangiyan bonve
bhor talak barsaave
baadalon mein satrangiyan bonve
naina baanvra kar denge
naina thag lenge - 2 thag lenge naina thag lenge
naina thag lenge thag lenge naina thag lenge -2

naina raat ko chalte chalte swargan mein le jaave
megh malhaar ke sapne dije hariyali dikhlave
naina raat ko chalte chalte swargan mein le jaave
megh malhaar ke sapne dije hariyali dikhlave
nainon ki zubaan pe bharosa nahi aata
likhad parakh na rasid na khaata
nainon ki zubaan pe bharosa nahi aata
likhad parakh na rasid na khaata
saari baat hamari - 2
bin baadal barsaaye saawan saawan bin barsaata
bin baadal barsaaye saawan naina baanwara kar denge
naina thag lenge - 2 thag lenge naina thag lenge
nainon ki mat maaniyo re
nainon ki mat suniyo
nainon ki mat suniyo re
naina thag lenge
jagte jaadu phukenge re jagte jagte jaadu
jagte jaadu phukenge re neenden banjar kar denge
naina thag lenge - 2 thag lenge naina thag lenge
naina thag lenge thag lenge naina thag lenge -2
naina



Namak Isaq Ka (Sung by RAKESH PANDIT, RAKHA BHARDWAJ)

Haaaa, chaand nikal gayi ho ji main chaand nikal gayi daiyyo re......

Hmm, bhitar bhitar aag jare
baat karu to sape lage
ajji bhitar bhitar aag jare
baat karu to sape lage
oh main tu chaand nikal gayo daiyya re
Ang pe aise chhaale padee
Tez tha jhaunka ka karu
Sisi karti, sisi sisi karti main maru
Zabaan pe laga re laga re haaye
Zubaan pe laga, zubaan pe laga laga re
Namak isaq ka haaye tere isaq ka zubaan pe laga laga re haaye
Namak isaq ka, tere isaq ka

(Zubaan pe laga laga re) -2

Namak isaq ka haaye re tere isaq ka -2

Balam se maanga maanga re, balam se maanga re
balam se maanga maanga re balam se maanga maanga re namak isaq ka tere isaq ka
zabaan pe laga laga re, namak isaq ka haaye re tere isaq ka haan re tere isaq ka.....
tere isaq ka....

Sabhi chhede hai mujhko, sipahiye baake chhamiye
haaaann, haan haanji haan
Wah wah ji wah wah ji wah aah
Sabhi chhede hai mujhko, sipahiye baake chhammiye


Thaadi dene lage hai gali ke baniye baniye
koi to kaudi daudh luta de, kauyi to kaudi
Ajji thodi thodi shahad chata de, thodi thodi

Tez tha tadka ka karu sisi karti main maru-2
Raat bhar jaa na re
Raat bhar jaana, raat bhar jaana jaana re
Namak isaq ka haaye tere isaq ka

zabaan pe laga laga re namak isaq ka haaye
tere isaq ka haan re, tere...

hooo, aisi bhukh lagi zaalim ki,
hoo aisi paak lagi zaalim ki
ki bansuri jaisi haan ji main

aarre jo bhi kaha us chandra bhaan ne
phat se ho gayi raazi main, baansuri jaisi baazi main, phat se ho gayi raazi main haaye

kabhi ankhiyon se pina, kabhi honto se pina -2
kabhi achcha lage marna, kabhi muskil lage jeena

karva karvat pyaas lagi thi
arre balam ki aag paas lagi thi

(tez tha jhauka ka karu, sisi karti main maru) -2

dali bhar dala ji dala ji dala ji dala ji dala ji daala ji re
dali bhar daala, dali bhar dala daala re namak isaq ka haaye re, tere isaq ka

Zubaan pe laga laga re namak isaq ka haaye re tere isaq ka....

Balam se maanga maanga re, balam se maanga re
balam se maanga maanga re
namak isaq ka haaye re namak isaq ka

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