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Vishal racing to finish Omkara

india Updated: Jul 08, 2006 13:49 IST

Vishal Bharadwaj is racing to make sure that Omkara releases on schedule on July 28 and is taking unprecedented steps to beat the deadline.

"I have to make it into theatres on July 28 at any cost because for two weeks afterwards there are no significant releases until Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Omkara is a film that would need time to grow on audiences," Bharadwaj said in an interview.

So, Bharadwaj has taken on three departments of post-production simultaneously.

"That's right," he laughed. "I am orchestrating the dubbing, mixing and background score in three different studios simultaneously. It feels like three different Vishals in three different places...

"I must make it into theatres on July 28. It's not just our deadline. It's also a logical date for Omkara because it needs breathing space."

A still from Omkara. Director Vishal Bharadwaj is racing to make sure that Omkara releases on schedule on July 28 and is taking unprecedented steps to beat the deadline.

There's huge anticipation for the film's release the world over. It has a huge star cast - Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Viveik Oberoi and Konkona SenSharma.

"I am quite amazed at the buzz. Is it the stars or is it the theme? Perhaps after Maqbool  audiences do feel a certain excitement about watching my films. They want to see what I have done with the stars. Saif, Kareena, Ajay, Bipasha, Viveik and Konkona have never been projected like Omkara  before."

The unique film about the criminal mafia in Uttar Pradesh as transposed into Shakespeare's Othello has all the ingredients of a typical Hindi film, including item songs by Bipasha.

"My producer Kumar Mangat and I have to justify the film's large benefit. Omkara  isn't a small film. It's got the biggest stars doing things that audiences have never seen them do and say."

Omkara needs a much larger audience than Bharadwaj's previous Shakespearean adaptation Maqbool.

"Yes. But you must remember Maqbool'  ade money in the country everywhere. We can't call it a small film by any standard."

Now Bharadwaj tends to veer towards production.

"I am co-producing an anti-cigarette feature film No Smoking with Kumar Mangat again. I am not new to production. Even Maqbool, Makdee  and my ready-for-release film about kids 'The Blue Umbrella' are co-productions. The proposed film will have an anti-smoking message though in an entertaining way."

Only John Abraham has been finalised for the anti-smoking film. "And he's essentially a non-smoker though he once told me he does smoke once in a while but only when his mother isn't watching."

After Aamir Khan's departure from his next project, Bharadwaj has decided not to make Mr. Singh & Mrs. Mehta for the time being.

"But I want to do one more Shakespearean adaptation to complete my trilogy."