For someone who has no knowledge of the militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, Hansal Mehta’s Omerta gives all the significant incidents packed in the 96-minute film.
Filmmaker Hansal Mehta took the liberty of audience’s awareness and dived right into the action knowing viewers are well versed who the story is about.
The film starts in 1994 when Rajkummar starring as Omar befriends, a Czech, two Brits, and an American tourist and then abducts them under false pretenses of Rohit Verma. When arrested Omar begins the tail of his origin without a warning. The film then jumps back in time a few times making it harder for the audience to understand the young lad’s story. The film then quickly passes through all the Al-Qaeda training in Afghanistan and ISI training in his flashbacks that stems from his need to help his Muslim brothers and sisters in Bosnia.
The constant use of real feed from the actual documentary binds the story well with reality reminding us of the horrific acts actually occurred in life. While the film fails to dive into the emotional transformation that Omar’s shows form the British LSE Student to the militant, Rajkummar expresses the psychotic behavior well enough to drag the audience through the timeline.
Verdict: Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh’s informative tale directed by Hansal Mehta.