Rajkummar Rao’s upcoming film titled Omerta is all set to release on April 20. The film is an intense drama, based on the life of the British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. The film is directed by Hansal Mehta, produced by Nahid Khan and presented by Swiss Entertainment.
The film has already been showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival and Jio MAMI film festival last year and received a lot of acclaim. Despite the appreciation, filmmaker Hansal Mehta thinks that the film might face some problems with the censor board.
Speaking about the release, Hansal Mehta in an earlier interview said, “Let’s see. We will cross the bridge when we come to it. There will be a problem. But I hope they (censor board) understands the film’s context. We haven’t done anything to sensationalise.”
In his film Shahid released in 2013, the film-maker had showcased Omar’s character in a small scene where he was shown trying to brainwash the film’s protagonist, lawyer Shahid Azmi. Amusingly, the role of Shahid Azmi in that film was played by Rajkummar Raao.
In this film, Rajkummar Rao will be seen as Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a terrorist who was freed in exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and was later accused of killing journalist Daniel Pearl.
Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao have earlier worked together on three back-to-back films — Shahid (2013), Citylights (2014) and Aligarh (2015). Hansal was also the creative producer of the web series Bose: Dead/Alive that featured the actor in the lead role and was produced by Ekta Kapoor’s digital platform AltBalaji.