Saif Ali Khan’s crime drama Omkara was adapted from Shakespeare’s popular novel Othello. The film starred Ajay Devgn, Vivek Oberoi, Bipasha Basu and Kareena Kapoor Khan along with actor Saif Ali Khan. The film, which was shot in a small town in India, went on to screen at several film festivals and even bagged a few awards. This movie marked the first negative role of Saif Ali Khan in a Bollywood movie, take a look at some other interesting trivia of the movie Omkara.
Director Vishal Bharadwaj had first selected actor Aamir Khan for the role of Langda Tyagi. But due to some issues, Aamir Khan was replaced by Saif Ali Khan to play the role. This built tension between the duo for a few days but they later patched up and are in good terms today.
In one of the scenes in the movie, Saif Ali Khan is seen standing in shadows, looking at the mirror. Director Vishal Bhardwaj suggested Saif Ali Khan to do the scene naked, for it to look artistic and beautiful. To this, Saif Ali Khan replied that he was ready to do it as long as the director directed him naked. The topic ended then and there.
Naseeruddin Shah was seen playing the role of Bhaisaab in the movie Omkara. Actors Om Puri and Anupam Kher, both were considered for the role but eventually, Naseeruddin Shah was finalised.
It was reported that Aamir Khan had suggested the idea of the film to director Vishal Bhardwaj. Everything was finalised and Aamir Khan was all set to co-produce the film as well as play the role of Langda Tyagi. But since Vishal Bhardwaj finalised Saif Ali Khan, Aamir Khan stepped out of the scene.
For the title of the film, there was a contest open to the public. Three names were shortlisted and the general public had to vote by sending out a message. The three names were Omkara, O Saathi Re and Issak. The public voted for Omkara.
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