SACF highlighted the life and work of film and music director Vishal Bhardwaj. A protégé of Urdu poet, lyricist and film director Gulzar, his film career started as music composer in Gulzar’s Maachis
(1996). Bhardwaj made his directorial debut with Makdee (2002) but rose shot to fame with Maqbool (2003), his adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth.
Bhardwaj achieved cult status with his chilling spectacle Omkara (2006) which contemporises Shakespeare’s Othello by deftly making it relevant to present day India.
Played by Ajay Devgan, Omkara is a rural chieftain whose misguided trust in his lieutenant Langda Tyagi (Saif Ali Khan), makes him suspect his wife Dolly (Kareena Kapoor) of infidelity. Films like Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011) and Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013), helped Bhardwaj rise in popularity.
After screening Omkara, Vishal was honoured with an SACF Award for Excellence in Cinema. SACF Director, Lalit Mohan Joshi also spoke to Vishal about his life and career followed by a Q&A session.