The life of ‘Ahmed Omar Saaed Sheikh’, a British born Pakistani terrorist,  forms the basic premise of the to be released Bollywood movie ‘Omerta’. Directed by the talented Hansal Mehta, this film explores the life of a ‘terrorist’  responsible for the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl. It is all set to be released throughout India on Friday 20th April 2018, and stars the talented Rajkummar Rao in the lead.

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Rajkummar Rao as Omar Saaed Sheikh inascene from Omerta (Source:Indian Express)

The story of this ‘biographical’ film revolves around a man named Ahmed Omar Syed Saeed (Rao). It also traces the ‘radical’ transformation that Omar underwent to eventually become a dreaded terrorist with links to militant outfits such as the  Taliban and Al-Qeada. In addition, his role in the kidnappings of western tourists in India during the year 1994 is also illustrated in the plot. According to director Mehta this movie ‘exposes state funded terrorism, and  also how vulnerable young men are manipulated into becoming terrorists’. He also (interestingly) referred the protagonist Omar as the ‘Hannibal of terrorism’, who is capable of outsmarting anyone while talking to them. The background score of this movie has been composed by Ishaan Chhabra.

The movie has traveled to international festivals in cities as varied as Toronto, Mumbai, Florence, and Busan, and is finally all set to be released officially in India. Having acquired some rave reviews at these festivals, here is hoping that Omerta also sets the cash register ringing at the box office throughout the country.

Image Credits: Indian Express  and The Quint

 

 

 

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The life of 'Ahmed Omar Saaed Sheikh', a British born Pakistani terrorist,  forms the basic premise of the to be released Bollywood movie 'Omerta'. Directed by the talented Hansal Mehta, this film explores the life of a 'terrorist'  responsible for the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl....