Omerta is a biographical crime drama film that is directed by Hansal Mehta and comes from the Swiss Entertainment and Karma productions. The movie showcases the life of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh who was born in England and became the terrorist to kidnap and murder Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. The movie runs for a total time of 96 minutes and was released only in India.
Although the flashback sequences give the viewers a brief understanding of Omar’s teenage days when he was troubled by the thought that his own people are subjected to violence, the film does not offer any extensive insight as to why he chose the path of Jihad. Even though Hansal tried to encompass all known events from Omar’s life but because of the slick runtime of just 96 minutes, the film falls short of what could have been a terrific crime thriller drama.
The music for the film is composed by Ishaan Chhabra and the cinematography is overlooked by Anuj Rakesh and Dhawan. The key performances in the film include Rajkummar Rao playing the role of Omar Sheikh, Rajesh Tailangplaying the role of General Mahmood, Satwant Kaur in the role of Qaisra Sheikh, Omar’s mother, Blake Allanin the role of Peter, the British Landlord, Keval Arora playing the role of Saeed Sheikh. Other notable performances include Sanjiv Chopra playing the role of Maulana Abdulla, Rahul Dhir in the role of Amin, Nisha George in the role of a small girl, Asif Gillani playing the role of Son, Timothy Ryan Hickernell playing the role of Danny Pearl, Tareeq Ahmed Khan in the role of Priest trainer, Ravi Khanna playing the role of Al-Qaeda Leader.
The movie was released to mixed reviews from the audience and the critics alike with IMDb rating the film a solid 7.2 out of 10 on their website.