The trailer of Rajkummar Rao's Omertà released on Wednesday and it gives us a glimpse of the dark and gripping journey of an evil mind. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the film traces the real life of British terrorist of Pakistani descent Ahmad Omar Saeed Shaikh and focusses on state-sponsored terrorism. It touches on different terrorist activities that have affected the world in the last two decades including the 9/11 world trade centre attacks, the Mumbai Terror Strike and the brutal beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl. The cinematic version of the story will hit the screens on April 20th, 2018.
Mehta and Rajkummar have earlier worked together in National Award-winning films such as Aligarh, CityLights and Shahid. Speaking at the trailer launch, director Hansal said, “Omertà takes a look at this complex paradox of a man called Omar Saeed Sheikh. It was a difficult subject to choose and a challenge to make. However, with an actor like Rajkummar, no challenge seems insurmountable and this was the ideal film to hurtle us out of our comfort zone to make something that is uncomfortable. But that is the burden of truth - it is uncomfortable and it must be faced. The film looks at what it means to be a fundamentalist and for someone to pick up a gun with the intent of killing in return for an afterlife in Paradise. I want to leave the viewer with a sense of awe, disgust, hate, surprise and let them examine the ramifications of these events on their lives today.”
“Omertà is among the most researched films that I have worked on till date. We actually visited some of the places frequented by Omar in London during his transformation from an LSE graduation student to becoming this deadly terrorist. I needed to feel and touch this man’s past - to ingest him. It was not an easy journey for me to take. With Omertà and Hansal Sir, we have a combination that will probably leave you stunned. There will be this moment of shock and silence as the end credits roll,” Rajkummar added.
Mehta further said, “Omertà exposes state-sponsored terrorism and how it manipulates young minds into believing a sordid interpretation of Jihad. Terror is all about power. Packed screenings at film festivals around the world were met with shocked silence and often anger. I am expecting similar reactions from the audience to this shocking tale."
Produced by Swiss Entertainment in association with Karma Media, the film has been shot in real locations across London and India while recreating Pakistan and Afghanistan. The film has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017, Busan International Film Festival and the Mumbai Film Festival 2017 and has received much appreciation.