Hansal Mehta “Omerta” received thundering applause at Mumbai Film Festival

Vastavam web: Hansal Mehta’s intense drama of a dreaded terrorist in “Omerta” received thundering applause as it closed the Jio MAMI 19th Mumbai Film Festival, here today.The film chronicles the life of British-born terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was freed in the exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and was later accused of killing journalist Daniel Pearl.
Mehta previously featured Omar in his 2013 “Shahid”, in a brief scene where he tries to recruit lawyer Shahid Azmi in his plan while in Tihar jail. Interestingly, Rajkummar played the role of Shahid in that film.”The guy who was more privileged became this monster, whereas Shahid chose humanity. The irony is, Shahid is dead, he was killed, but Omar is alive. That’s the irony of our world,” he added.
“The aim is to tell a story as fearlessly, as objectively as possible. I’ve tried to see his life from a distance. It’s almost like a reading a long journalistic piece. It was a difficult film to make.” “I read books, saw a lot of videos and hate speeches as I had to be in a certain frame of mind. It was disturbing for me. It was a very dark world. But I wanted to taste the darkness.” Mehta said they would apply for a certificate and said they will “fight it out” if need be with the censor board.