After several critically acclaimed films including Shahid, CityLights and Aligarh, director Hansal Mehta will be reuniting with muse Rajkummar Rao for Omertà – based on the life of terrorist Omar Saeed Shaikh.
Shaikh, who is currently serving time in a Pakistani jail, was arrested in 2002 in connection with the kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. From the looks of it, the film will also deal with his role in the 1994 Delhi Kidnappings, the 9/11 World Trade Centre attack and the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
The film’s trailer, which starts off showing Shaikh protesting the ethnic cleansing of Bosnian Muslims, soon picks up pace as it moves from montages of him training at terrorist camps to high octane chase sequences.
Rao, who we interviewed post the film’s screening at Toronto International Film Festival, told us that he would listen to BBC to get the British accent right. “I could never imagine the kind of thought process a guy like Omar would have. To see everybody as someone you hate…I have never experienced something like that before. From that perspective, it was a very weird space for me,” he said, on preparing for the character.
Produced by Swiss Entertainment in association with Karma Media, Omertà is scheduled for release on April 20th, 2018.
Watch the trailer here: