'Omerta' Review: Hansal Mehta's film dares to show us the dark side of terrorism

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By Shubhangi Jain

Omerta, the newly released movie on ZEE5, is a crime thriller starring Rajkummar Rao, Rajesh Tailang, Blake Allan, Keval Arora. Omerta is an Italian word which means a code of silence about the criminal activity and a refusal to give evidence to the police.

Hansal Mehta’s Omerta does not signify any code of silence but rather signifies the central character who is a British Terrorist of Pakistani origin Omar Saeed Shaikh. The film shows us the dark side of terrorism and how it influences young minds towards the mucky interpretations of Jihad. Rajkummar Rao’s role as Omar Saeed Shaikh is terrific. The actor slips into the British accent very well. Apart from that the actor has also worked on his style and his facial expressions bringing them to perfection. Mehta has done a great job in showcasing Omar Saeed’s life and the abduction of Western tourists in India, hijacking of IC-184 and killing the American Jewish Journalist Daniel Pearl.

Rajkummar Rao does not serve as a hero in the movie but rather portrays the evil side of the human behaviour, filled with rage, anger and revenge. He is seen as a villain in the film. Mehta tries to showcase what exactly is inside the mind of a terrorist leaving his audience in awe, anger and surprise. The movie begins showing Omar's coldblooded mind and a hardhearted heart. Every time Rao says “Salaam Doctor Sahab,” it literally gave me goosebumps. His tone was startling filled with a sense of fear. From there the story gives us insights at Omar's preparation in Pakistan and Afghanistan, his first gathering with an ISI official, a top Al Qaida pioneer and his time in Tihar prison in India. The film digs into a portion of his wrongdoings and just addresses others—the bombed hijacking of sightseers in Kashmir, his inclusion in 9/11, the Taj fear assault and columnist Daniel Pearl's homicide.

The film is shot at genuine locations across London and Punjab, Old Delhi, portions of Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh in India, while the locations of Afghanistan and Pakistan were recreated. Many real life footages were bought from various wellsprings of the Indian Airlines flight 814, media footage following the September 11 assaults, etc.

Omar Saeed's life and his relationship with the aggressors is an arguable topic. In any case, Hansal Mehta's film has unquestionably put locks on numerous entryways while carrying other concealed realities to the front. Being a narrative, the screenplay hits the correct spine chiller. Running slightly more than 90 minutes the film grasps our consideration throughout. From being a guide for travelers to drinking milk to pointing a weapon at them in only the following second Rajkummar Rao has been seen changing characters quickly. With everything taken into account the film keeps one occupied all through the running time.

Rating: 7/10

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