Omkara is an underrated gem. There we said it. Alright, it did decently well at the box office. That's right. But over the years, it has sort of created its own cult among the moviegoing audience wherein its characters are reverred. Released back in 2006, Omkara was directed by Vishal Bhardwaj and has a star cast with names like Saif Ali Khan, Ajay Devgn, Konkona Sen, and Vivek Oberoi. We give you 5 reasons why Omkara has a massive cult.

Langda Tyagi

The Indian Express

The biggest takeaway from Omkara was the brilliant character of Langda Tyagi and a justified performance by Saif Ali Khan. He was a villain everyone loved, because of his brutality. One of Saif's best performances in Bollywood.

The transition

While Omkara is based on Othello by Shakespeare, the transition of converting the screenplay from 15th Venice to modern-day Meerut is magnificent. You see Vishal Bhardwaj taking over the subtleties from the original play and transforming them into an Indian context.

Superb performances


Not just Saif Ali Khan's Langda Tyagi, there were several other memorable characters in Omkara that were portrayed by actors like Deepak Dobriyal, Pankaj Tripathi, Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, and Konkona Sen. Konkona even won the National Award for Best Supporting Actor (Female) for Omkara.

Film festival favourite

Not just by Indians, Omkara was loved internationally. It won awards from the Asia Festival of First Films to the Cairo International Film Festival and even the Kara Film Festival in Karachi, Pakistan. The movie's theme and performances resonated across the board.



Not just the acting and direction, Omkara's soundtrack was also mind-blowing. From songs like Namak Ishq Ka to Omkara to the beautiful lyrics by Gulzar and the soundtrack that played during the duration of the film, everything about the music department kept you hooked on till the end.