Excitement replaced anticipation as Director Hansal Mehta and Actor Rajkummar Rao released the trailer of the much awaited and internationally celebrated thriller Omertà at an event in PVR Plaza CP, Delhi. Hansal Mehta’s gritty thriller based on British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh had already raised expectations after its poster release earlier this week.
Hansal Mehta’s Omertà exposes the real and present danger of Pakistan sponsored terror. With glimpses of Rajkummar Rao’s inflamed eyes, raging actions and some of the most blood boiling terror attacks in recent history including the 9/11 world trade center attacks, the Mumbai Terror Strike and the brutal beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, Omertà is a thriller that promises a film that is thrilling, and mind-numbing.
Director Hansal Mehta said, “Omertà is a mind-numbing and cerebral take at this complex paradox of a man called Omar Saeed Sheikh. 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. The film is unapologetic and lays down bare facts. 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. “
Actor Rajkummar Rao, who plays an anti-hero for the first time, convincingly essays the role of Omar Saeed Sheikh, one of the deadliest terrorists of our times. “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. 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,” said Rajkummar Rao.
The film premiered to excellent reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 followed by the Busan International Film Festival and a very successful screening of the Closing film at the Mumbai Film Festival 2017.
Presented by Swiss Entertainment and Karma Media, Produced by Nahid Khan and directed by Hansal Mehta, Omertà starring Rajkummar Rao releases on April 20th, 2018.