Rajkummar Rao on what it took to become Omar in ‘Omertà’


Already known as a versatile actor, Rajkummar Rao is ready to prove himself again, for the much talked about Hansal Mehta directorial, ‘Omertà’. Set to play the extremely dark protagonist, Rao caught up with the media and spoke about what it took to become the character.

“There are some very scary videos out there. I watched them in order to feel the anger and get into my character Omar for ‘Omerta’. I hope that this film starts a dialogue and gives hope to the young people out there who probably are watching these videos, getting influenced and thinking of taking a different route,” Deccan Chronicle reports the actor stating.

He went on to add, “It took me some time to get out of this character. This film focuses only on the bad. There was no part of the character Omar that I could relate to. It was so different.”

Based on real-life British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was sentenced to death for the murder of Wall Street Journalist, Daniel Pearl, Rao expressed how playing this kind of character can take its toll on one’s health, “Sometimes it becomes tough because you are juggling so many characters, especially characters like in Trapped or Omerta which can take a toll on your mental health. Thankfully, I have my loved ones around me always, and then I travel. I travel a lot. I try to rejuvenate myself with my travels, come back and start the next one.”

If Rao’s work is anything to go by, it seems, this one will give the actor another critical acclaim title.

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