Review: OMERTA



Genre: Action, Biography, Crime
Duration: 100 minutes
Language: Hindi
India Release Date: 04-MAY-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3.5 on 5

A recounting of the story of infamous British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Overall Review:
Hansal Mehta’s latest feature ‘Omerta’ is based on the true events that tells the story of a dreaded terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh. This is the first time Rajkummar Rao is playing the role of a ruthless terrorist. ‘Omerta’ witnesses Rajkummar playing British terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh as it traces his journey from his early days in London to executing journalist Daniel Pearl. The film explores 1994 kidnappings of Western tourists in Delhi for which Omar was arrested and served time in prison and the plotting of murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. The film also tries to delve into the reasons why youths are taking to jihad. Shot in real locations across London and India, Hansal Mehta’s ‘Omerta’ exposes the real and present danger of Pakistan-sponsored terror. Film also stars an ensemble featuring Timothy Ryan Hickernell, Kewal Arora, Rajesh Tailang and others. Omerta is an expertly staged thriller about a baffling paradox of a real-world man. Rajkummar Rao as a character is pale and cold, looks scary at times even but with his latest venure ‘OMERTA’ he once again proves how magnificent performer he is. Ishaan Chhabra’s original score tries to thrust conventional genre suspense beats on a convoluted story that shrugs them off yet fascinates anyway. Overall OMERTA is gloomy and disturbing. It’s surely not the kind of movie you’d expect to attract regular cinegoers, but even for its selected audience group film still remains short to being a terrific film. Venturing into the zone of terrorism, Hansal Mehta has taken a rather bold step of showing the audience what goes inside the mind of a terrorist.

PDF Verdict:
‘OMERTA’ (an Italian term for a criminal code of honor that encompasses absolute non-cooperation with legal authorities) is yet another welcome addition in Hansal Mehta’s brazen filmography. Rao’s spectacular performance makes OMERTA a worthy watch.

Ratings: 3.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3.5 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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