Rajkummar Rao Is Terrorist Omar Sheikh In ‘Omerta’

Rajkummar Rao Is Terrorist Omar Sheikh In ‘Omerta’


Rajkummar Rao is terrorist Omar Sheikh in ‘Omerta’, revealed a source. Omar Sheikh was a radicalised Britisher of Pakistani origin who killed Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Rajkummar has acted in many noteworthy films like ‘Shahid’, ‘Queen’, ‘Love Sex Our Dhokha (LSD)’, ‘Aligarh’ and the recent release ‘Trapped’. Most of his characters have been on the softer side. It would be interesting to see Rao as a tough terrorist.

‘Omerta’ will be directed by Hansal Mehta and Mehta revealed more information on the movie, “This film is based on the said international fugitive, who was involved in Pearl’s murder, and it covers a host of terrorist activities (including 26/11) seen through the eyes of this person, who was at the centre of it all. After watching ‘A Mighty Heart‘ (2007), I wanted to know more about the predator and his reasons for choosing this path. While various films have tried to highlight terrorism or its repercussions, I felt it was important to explore the other side of the spectrum — what goes on in the minds of these terrorists. There are so many stereotypes associated with terrorism, but the truth is far more murky and cold. Omar came from a privileged background before eventually being radicalised. Actor Mukul Dev told me this story way back in 2005. I wanted to make this film before Shahid, but a lot of research was required and we kept revising the script.”

Rao has revealed more about why he chose his role, “It’s a complete contrast to what I did in ‘Shahid’. I play the anti-hero here. I’ve tried my best to make this character as real as possible. I even stayed in London for a while to get the hang of his way of life. The character is extremely cold and aloof and it was a challenge to convince myself as an actor to believe in his convictions.”