Movie Review: 'Omerta' : A Chilling Testimony To Instancy Of Terrorism

Movie Review:

New Delhi: 'Omerta' was released today. The film is directed by Hansal Mehta. It features Rajkummar Rao. 'Omerta' revolves around the real-life story of British terrorist of Pakistani descent Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

In 'Omerta' as Hansal Mehta tells the horrific intensely malevolent story of the violence committed by Omar Sheikh what emerges is a man who believes violence can set the world's awry values right again. Not that Omar hopes to achieve that moral and political equilibrium during his lifetime. But no harm in trying, is there?

Mandar Kulkrani's sound recording leaves nothing to chance. The incidental sounds, whether the distant sound of a gunshot or a jihadi falling from a cliff to his paradisical death, the film is a marvel of intricately detailed sound designing.

Anuj Rakesh Dhawan's camera is a restless soul. It fidgets, it meanders, it burns its way into searching for a centre to the protagonist's conscience. Indeed, Omerta looks like a film (if you want to call it a film) that could do with a pause for breath. It is a restless breathless rushed and breakneck hurl into a nemesis that no man can control.

To the life and goals of the man who wants to change the world with his vigorously violent methods, Rajkummar Rao brings a smirking serenity, an imperturbable certainty to every (violent) action manned by a core of "truth" obtainable only to those who believe they are among the Chosen Ones.

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The conversations of Rao’s in London with his screen-father (Keval Arora) was so calm so unruffled, secreting such terrible violence. Rajkummar Rao conveys the unplumbed turbulence of an ocean that's deceptively calm on the surface. His performance is magnificent without aiming to be so.

Every bit-part of a terrorist, cop, tourist or mullah is played by people who seem to have walked in from their real habitat to be part of a group discussion on their beliefs

Regrettably, Hansal Mehta and Rao do not allow us to penetrate the protagonist's consciousness beyond a point. We only know as much about Omar Shiekh as he and his Creator want us to. This, in a way, is a desirable path to follow for us, the mute spectators. 

Omerta cuts the protagonist's movements down to size in episodic chunks and then regurgitates the vivid moments into scenes of color-blinded documentation. There is a moment where Omar, pretending to be an ordinary tourist in Delhi named Rohit is accosted by an aggressive cop on the road who tells him bluntly that he "looks" like a Muslim.

Here is the trailer of 'Omerta'.

Just go for ‘Omerta’ people!

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