Omerta (2018) – Movie Review

Omerta is a biographical crime drama film co-written and directed by Hansal Mehta. The film stars Rajkumar Rao in a lead role of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, British terrorist of Pakistani descent. It is the 4th time when Rajkumar Rao is working in collaboration with Hansal Mehta after Shahid(2012), CityLights(2014), Aligarh(2015). The film was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and many other film festivals.

The film follows the life of an infamous British-born convicted terrorist, Omar Sheikh (Rajkumar Rao). The film focuses on the involvement of Omar in many terrorist events which happened over the period of 17 years (1992 to 2008), like 1994 kidnappings of Westerners in India, 9/11 attacks, kidnapping and murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 and 26/11 attacks on Mumbai. Mainly, it explores the motivations behind the sane youngsters being attracted towards the path of terrorism.

Omerta is one more gripping and offbeat film by Hansal Mehta. The film does not hold back while exploring the darkest truths behind the intelligent terrorism, and the ideology which sparks worldwide heinous acts. In director’s words, the exposes state-sponsored terrorism and how it manipulates young minds into believing a sordid interpretation of Jihad. Rajkumar Rao has ruled the whole film, he has made the evil persona alive on screen, his performance is truly applauding. The film has shot brilliantly, the use of light and sound is very peculiar. The film cannot be considered as a documentary film, but Surely, it is not for entertainment, and overall it is a discussion of a very sensitive and daring topic.

Like any other films by Hansal Mehta, the tone of the film is dark and serious throughout its runtime and is surely not for faint-hearted people. By many viewers, the film can be seen as a glorification of terrorism or terrorists, but in reality, the film can be seen the study of human psychology and characteristics which drags one to walk on a path of evil.

Verdict : A gripping crime thriller. Not a entertaining but informative film, and definitely for everyone.

Rating : 3.8/5

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