Hansal Mehta's Omerta, starring Rajkummar Rao, earns rave reviews at Hong Kong International Film Festival

FP Staff

Mar,25 2018 11:30:34 IST

Director Hansal Mehta says he was overwhelmed by the number of questions the audience had for him after the screening of his film Omerta at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

The film, which is based on terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh's life, stars Rajkummar Rao in the lead.

It was screened in the Global Vision category at the fest on Friday.

Rajkummar Rao in a still from Omerta. Twitter@RajkummarRao

Rajkummar Rao in a still from Omerta. Twitter@RajkummarRao

"I was asked a lot of questions that threw up several new interpretations of how the audience perceived the film. It definitely got me thinking. As a director, it's fascinating to hear people speak of how they interpreted your vision," Mehta said in a statement. "The HKIFF always attracts the best of global talent and for Omertà to represent India was a proud moment for everyone associated with the film. I am very happy that the audiences appreciated the hard push against terrorism in the film and how it inspires open dialogue into the matter."

Omerta was shot in real locations across London and India. It is woven around some of the most bloody terror attacks, including the 9/11 attack and the beheading of journalist Daniel Pearl.

It had received rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival.

Presented by Swiss Entertainment and Karma Media, produced by Nahid Khan and directed by Mehta, Omerta stars Rajkummar Rao. It will release on 20 April.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: Mar 25, 2018 11:30 AM