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Sabse bade Omkara re

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I've seen Omkara five times now, and each time the film leaves me captivated. This is arguably the best film of this year. From the opening scene - which captures the rugged Indian landscape in a way not seen since Sholay, or to a lesser level Bandit Queen - between Saif Ali Khan and Deepak Dobriyal to the final in which only Viveik Oberoi remains standing, the film is first-rate. Critics of the film have singled out the rough, Uttar Pradesh-dialogue (which, honestly, is a kitsch of UP and Rajasthani) to the slow pace and the seriousness of the climax, but that's all just a load of bull. In these times of Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna and a long list of Juhu-born, London-fed yuppie directors churning out candyfloss to no end, Omkara is poignant, no-nonsense cinema.

Kudos to Vishal Bhardwaj, the director-cum-music director. In cricketing parlance, his masterpiece Maqbool was a one-dayer, and Omkara a fullblown Test match. Here, Vishal proves without a shred of doubt that he is a fine s…