Omerta first look: Hansal Mehta, Rajkummar Rao team up again for this intriguing looking film
Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao make a formidable team — the director-actor duo have worked on three films together — Aligarh, CityLights and Shahid, and the films have won accolades for the way Mehta manages to portray a sensitive issue on the silver screen. Rajkumar Rao even won a National Award for his performance in Shahid, and became the youngest National Award winner in history.
That is why we were excited when Hansal Mehta introduced in next project with the Trapped actor with a tweet in August 2016. In the black-and-white image, Rajkummar can be seen giving an intense look while donning spectacles and sporting a beard. At that time, no further information was revealed about the film, but Mehta has given us an update about his project through a series of tweet:
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) March 16, 2017
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) November 10, 2016
Omerta will follow the life of the British born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, known for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, and his links to various Islamist organisations, reports Times of India.
Mehta says he was inspired to make the film after watching A Mighty Heart (2007) and wondered that while many films have tried to showcase the repercussions of terrorism, he wanted to know what went on in the minds of the terrorists. He says, "There are so many stereotypes associated with terrorism, but the truth is far more murky and cold. Omar came from a privileged background before eventually being radicalised. Actor Mukul Dev told me this story way back in 2005. I wanted to make this film before Shahid, but a lot of research was required and we kept revising the script."
About getting into the skin of the character, Rajkummar says, "It's a complete contrast to what I did in Shahid. I play the anti-hero here. I've tried my best to make this character as real as possible. I even stayed in London for a while to get the hang of his way of life. The character is extremely cold and aloof and it was a bit of a challenge to convince myself as an actor to believe in his convictions."
Mehta also commented on the sensitive subject of the film which might invite Pahlaj Nihalani's wrath. Mehta explains, "I've never been afraid of trouble or feared censorship. It's a political thriller that deals with radical groups and their nexus with intelligence syndicates. They work hand in glove. It's all a political power play to create unrest and keep the balance oscillating. Why do educated folks get radicalised? It's important to understand the entire system."