We may have loved Omi but it was Langda Tyagi from Omkara who stayed back in our minds. Here's how he became one of our favourite Bollywood villains of all times.
Every actor wishes for people to remember them for the roles they play and the characters they portray on-screen. They know they have done their part if people can resonate with and find a strong feeling for the same. Bollywood is house to many such actors. One among them is Saif Ali Khan. The chocolate boy who made every girl fall in love with his charm for most films in his career was quick enough to make them hate him with a single role and it was his applaud-worthy role as Ishwar Langda Tyagi from Omkara.
Ishwar Tyagi popularly known as Langda Tyagi was the antagonist who is as real as it gets and yet filmy at the same time. A man with the greed of power who ditches his own friend in order to get what he pleases is what makes him the rugged villain that he is. He will stand by as a loyal friend until he realises that his dreams and wants may be shattered. With an ability to make people trust him, Langda Tyagi manipulates Omi (Omkara), played by Ajay Devgan, to kill the love of his life.
Saif Ali Khan who is an incredible actor has been a part of the Bollywood industry in all its glory. He has portrayed roles of a supportive friend that brings out the best of the hero, to the coolest dude in town and also a loving son. While he became a multiplex favourite, Saif decided to be part of this dark and complex movie with a rural backdrop by Director Vishal Bhardwaj as an antagonist. While the Shakespeare adaptation had an amazing star cast, Saif was able to stand out among them with his stance and a great portrayal of his character as Langda Tyagi.
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Apart from the fact that this is an adaptation of Willaim Shakespeare's Othello, there are some fun facts about his character as well. It is said that actor Aamir Khan was the director's first choice to play the character, and he was also to co-produce the movie. But due to some issues, he could not do it and that is when Saif came on board. Director Vishal Bhardwaj also wanted Saif Ali Khan to perform one of the scenes naked to bring out the artistic feel of the same. But Saif instead said he would do it only if the director directs the scene naked and so the idea was dropped in the end.
Here are some of the iconic dialogues by Langda Tyagi:
"Main jhuta toh kutte ka janaa, main saccha to teri maa ka khasam"
"Tu to bewakoof hai na? Ch**iya to insaan shaadi ke baad hove hai."
"Bewakoof aur ch**iya mein dhaage barabar ka farak haiga bhaiya. Dhage ke henge bewakoof aur hunge, chutiya. Dhaga khench lo to kaun hai bewakoof kaun hai chutiya, carore rupiye ka prashan hai bhaiya."
"Mainne to tanne mauka diya tha... par tere pichwade main guda hai hi nahin"
"Mere sach aur jhuth main ab koi fark nahi hoigaa"
"Teri aur meri kismat to gadhe ke ling se likhi gayi hai"
It was a surprise for most people to see Saif Ali Khan pull off the character of Langda Tyagi and it will always be one of his best performances!