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Screening 'Omkara'

Naseeruddin Shah and Ajay Devgan in 'Omkara'

Award Ceremony & In conversation with Vishal Bhardwaj

Sunday, 1st September 2013 at 2:00 PM
BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London SE1

Vishal BhardwajThe well-known film and music director Vishal Bhardwaj has risen to the top as an Indian filmmaker who has succeeded in creating a fine blend of art with popular appeal. A protégé of Urdu poet, lyricist and film director Gulzar, his film career started as music composer in Maachis (Gulzar, 1996). Bhardwaj made his directorial debut with Makdee (2002) but shot to fame with Maqbool (2003), his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Bhardwaj achieved cult status with his chilling spectacle Omkara (2006) which contemporises Shakespeare’s Othello by deftly making it relevant to present day India.

Played by Ajay Devgan, Omkara is a rural chieftain whose misguided trust in his lieutenant Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan), makes him suspect his wife Dolly (Kareena Kapoor) of infidelity.

With recent films Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013), Bhardwaj is regarded as the most sought after ‘Bollywood’ filmmaker today.

After the screening of Omkara, Vishal Bhardwaj will be honoured with an award by the South Asian Cinema Foundation and will be in conversation with Lalit Mohan Joshi about his life and career followed by a Q&A session.

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