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Othello: The Moor of Venice is a tragedy written by Shakespeare around 1603 and first performed a year later.

It involves a Moor, or dark-skinned man, called Othello, who has eloped with the fair Desdemona. Thanks to the treachery of the villain Iago, Othello murders Desdemona in a fit of jealousy, convinced she has been unfaithful. When he finds out this isn't true, he commits suicide.

Ajay Devgan is to play Othello, the protagonist torn apart by jealousy. As a character, he subverts the standard notion of what some things are meant to signify, unable to understand that this association between signifier and signified is often illogical.

This inability to take things at face value is, in effect, his tragic flaw.

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