Omerta Review & Rating|
Omerta gets into Omar’s life with a lot of detail, focusing on the time he spent in prison for years in Pakistan, but was still connected to the crimes happening all over the world. It also gets into the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl and spends a good amount of time on it, but we never find out the real motivation of this man. The scenes where he is having phone conversations with his father also do not answer important questions. Director Hansal Mehta does not succeed in telling us why Omar does what he does and instead, focuses on his crimes completely, making this film a very good thriller without any depth.
Rajkummar Rao’s performance is terrific and this just might be one of his best performances ever. As Omar Saeed, he is terrifying and scary and he has gotten into the character perfectly. He has captured the anger and the accent perfectly and his acting in certain scenes give the audience a chilling performance. He is definitely on the way to become one of the best actors that Bollywood has to offer.
Writers Hansal Mehta and Mukul Dev succeed in creating a believable world and largely focus on the things that will grab the public’s attention. They have also traveled to London, Delhi, Mumbai and America and shot the film in places where Omar was once present or lived. They knew from the start this film will not attract the mass audiences but they don’t give up on their craft for that reason, and are bent upon making the film as realistic as possible.
Amarjeet Singh’s cinematography is gritty and fits the tone of the film perfectly. The film has mostly been shot in real locations and the use of sets is minimal and was only done when the crew wasn’t allowed to shoot in certain locations. Ishaan Chhabra’s music and background score deserves a special mention as it helps in building tension and keeps the audience at the edge of their seats.
Verdict: Omerta is not a film made for the classic Bollywood audience but is a well made film. Worth a watch
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Omerta has been one of the most anticipated films of the year that has been awaiting releases for a long time now. The Hansal Mehta-Rajkummar Rao combo has never failed to impress us before and with Omerta, they have once again hit the bullseye. It is a very realistic, dark and gritty film about a real-life terrorist which tries to get into the psychology of a person like this. Rajkummar's acting is brilliant and he gets into the skin of the character perfectly. The direction and background music are woven into each other beautifully, which makes for a great film watching experience. Omerta is definitely worth a watch
Omerta is the latest film by the director-actor duo of Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao, and is based on the life of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who quit his education and became a terrorist who was wanted all over the world. The film is a very dark toned one and tries to answer the question of what makes a terrorist? The film is being received well by the audiences and this is what the public has to say about it:
The film is being conceived as a hard-hitting film with perfect cinematography and direction. The makers have left no stone unturned to get into the character of Omar and have also shot the film in real locations where he once visited or stayed. Some countries had not given permission to shoot because of the controversial matter and hence, sets had to be created for these particular scenes.
The film is also being praised for going a different way than the generic Bollywood film and Hansal Mehta's filmmaking is being compared to that of directors from Hollywood. Rajkummar Rao seems like a completely different person on screen and manages to terrify the audiences with his performance.
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What is Omerta all about?
Omerta is a biographical film based on the life of the British terrorist of Pakistani descent, Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was responsible for the kidnappers of westeners in India in the year 1994, and also played a part in the Indian Airlines flight 814 hijacking and the September 11 attacks. He also was plotting a murder of a Wall Street journalist named Daniel Pearl in 2002. The film stars Rajkummar Rao in the lead role and is directed by Hansal Mehta, who also directed Rao in Shahid, which showed a brief cameo of the character of Omar Saeed. The film was screened at many International film festivals and is finally releasing in India.
What to expect from Omerta?
Spine Chilling Performance
Rajkummar Rao has proved himself as an actor again and again with films like Trapped, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Newton, which also show his versatility. His performance in Omerta too has been praised in the festivals that the film was shown and apparently, the actor got in the character a little too much. While preparing for the film, the Paris 2015 attacks happened and Rajkummar Rao appreciated it, but immediately regretted it. He later said that he was just too much into the character to realize what he was doing.
Hansal Mehta has directed Omerta and he has touched on the subject previously in the film Shahid, with Rajkummar Rao in the lead role. Interestingly, in that film, the character of Shahid meets up with Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in a jail and is highly influenced by him. Hansal was very intrigued by this character and decided to make a movie on his life and has managed to direct a very dark and gritty film that focuses on the dark world of terrorism.
Real life footage
Along with performances of the actors, the director has used real life footages of terror acts, interviews and found footage of the people that were somehow related to Omerta, or were affected by his wrong doings. The journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and almost killed was also interviewed, parts of which have been used in the film to give it a real look and to make people realize the rise of terrorism in the world.