Rajkummar Rao on Omerta: There is nudity in the film, but I am not nervous

Omerta will follow the life of the British born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, known for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, and his links to various Islamist organisations. Rajkummar Rao plays the titular role in the film.

Rajkummar Rao has time and again proved his mettle through his dedication and acting skills. The actor has given us all the reasons to praise him through his portrayal of different sort of characters with such excellence. From Trapped to playing the role of Subash Chandra Bose, Rajkummar has evolved in terms of his career. Now, the actor has yet again has given us the reason for appreciating his talent. The actor has left us stunned with portrayal of terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh in the trailer of Omerta.
 
The film will follow the life of the British born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, known for his involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, and his links to various Islamist organisations. Rajkummar plays the titular role in the film. 
 
In an interview with a leading daily, the actor was asked that does he like to be a part of biopics. To this, he said, "It is a coincidence. It is not that I am only looking at doing biopics. But of course, as an actor, I always love portraying real-life characters because there is so much challenge involved in recreating somebody’s life. This process is fun, but after Omerta, at least for the next five-six films, I am not doing a biopic."
 
"The process of playing a character as dark as Omar Saeed Sheikh is disturbing. So you have to mentally also be in that psyche, that state of mind. So, it was not easy. I was trying to cultivate a lot of anger and hatred in me while portraying him. Because that’s what I read and heard about him. I watched a lot of documentaries and disturbing violent videos to get my act together. I wanted to feel the anger about what is going on in the world. And it did happen, I could achieve that, and I had to retain that throughout the process, which was for three to four months. And it is not a comfortable place when you are continually thinking about hatred for other human beings. There were times when I would be mentally so tired while shooting that I just wanted to sleep because I was always in that state of mind. Shooting those scenes and interacting with people about those things, it was a tough process," the actor added. 
 
Can the film create any communal tension? On this, the actor said, "Not at all! See we are not targeting any community here. It is a very different film. It talks about a person who is an outsider. He is not from here, not from any of our communities. We are not trying to justify anything he does. Hansal Sir is a very responsible and honest director. It is a brutally honest film. It shows things the way it had actually happened, so there is neither an agenda here nor are we giving any justifications. We are just showcasing you the mirror. We are just showing you the dark truth of this world."
 
When asked about nudity in the film, he said, "Yes, there is nudity in the film, but I am not nervous. I was butt-naked in LSD, my first film itself. This particular scene was very very disturbing for me as an actor. I am not sure if I can even talk about it, but it is not about making love. It is more than that! It is brutal. It is wild. It is like being an untameable animal. I am a very different person from him. I am a fun loving, peaceful guy. I don’t have that kind of hatred in me. Doing this particular scene was very impromptu actually. We decided to do this shot in two days. Hansal sir told me about it. He said let’s do something like this, and that’s how we did it. In Shahid also, I am naked when these guys are torturing me. Similarly, this too is very real. We have tried to capture the nuances well. With Hansal sir, I can do it because I trust him. He won’t make it look vulgar. He has shot it very aesthetically."

Credits: Indian Express

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