ISBN 9789351369547,Going for Take: The Making of Omkara and Other Encounters in Bollywood

Going for Take: The Making of Omkara and Other Encounters in Bollywood


Stephen Alter






Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789351369547

ISBN-10 9351369544


Number of Pages 220 Pages
Language (English)

Performing arts

The story behind the making of a film can be as exciting as the movie itself. Hindi cinema offers a wide array of styles and approaches to film-making, packed with excitement, personalities and drama. While the popular expression 'Bollywood' suggests homogenous formulae, some film-makers break the mould. Vishal Bhardwaj has reinvented genres and brought his dynamic vision of storytelling to the silver screen. Setting Shakespeare's tragic tale of Othello in the gangster-infested badlands of western UP, Bhardwaj created a cult classic, with unforgettable dialogue, stunning imagery and unique music. This book takes readers behind the camera and follows the making of Omkara from the initial brainstorming sessions to scriptwriting, music composition, pre-production, casting, shooting, editing and release. At the same time, it offers encounters with other celebrated directors such as Dev Anand, Gulzaar, Madhur Bhandarkar, Shekhar Kapur and Mahesh Bhatt. Anyone who wants to know the true story of the creative process behind popular cinema will find the answers here. Originally published as Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief, this edition comes with a new introduction that features Vishal Bhardwaj's latest film Haider, based on Hamlet, which completes his Shakespeare trilogy. Inside the mad and exhilarating world of contemporary Hindi cinema.