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Rajkummar Rao Performs Exceptional in Omerta

Every bit-part of a terrorist, cop, tourist or mullah is played by people who seem to have walked in from their real habitat to be part of a group discussion on their beliefs

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Actor Rajkummar Rao poses at an award function. Wikimedia Commons

When a filmmaker takes on the responsibility of telling the story of one of the most notorious terrorists in the world, there is always the risk of humanizing the mass murderer, underlining his barbarism with a cultural/religious rationale that may perhaps be intelligible only to the perpetrator of the violence but nonetheless a rationale to be considered.

In ‘Omerta’ as Hansal Mehta tells the horrific intensely malevolent story of the violence committed by Omar Sheikh (played with chilling transparency by Rajkummar Rao) what emerges is a man who believes violence can set the world’s awry values right again. Not that Omar hopes to achieve that moral and political equilibrium during his lifetime. But no harm in trying, is there?

This tightly-edited nerve-wracking tale of self-righteous butchery opens with a deviously planned kidnapping of a group of foreigners in Delhi and ends with the beheading of Daniel Pearl (Timothy Ryan Hickernell) in the dead of the night when the blood-curdling sound of a throat being slit by a blunt knife (some call it halaal) pierces the stillness.

Rajkummar Rao conveys the unplumbed turbulence of an ocean that's deceptively calm on the surface. His performance is magnificent without aiming to be so.
Omerta Poster, IANS

Here, I have to admit, I felt violated.

Before I proceed with more revolting descriptions of the barbarism that Mehta’s Omar brings to the screen (or maybe you wouldn’t like to hear about it anymore) this is as good a place as any to speak of the sound design. Mandar Kulkrani’s sound recording leaves nothing to chance. The incidental sounds, whether the distant sound of a gunshot or a jihadi falling from a cliff to his paradisical death, the film is a marvel of intricately detailed sound designing.

Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s camera is a restless soul. It fidgets, it meanders, it burns its way into searching for a centre to the protagonist’s conscience. Indeed, Omerta looks like a film (if you want to call it a film) that could do with a pause for breath. It is a restless breathless rushed and breakeneck hurl into a nemesis that no man can control.

To the life and goals of man who wants to change the world with his vigorously violent methods, Rajkummar Rao brings a smirking serenity, an imperturbable certainty to every (violent) action manned by a core of “truth” obtainable only to those who believe they are among the Chosen Ones.

I specially liked Rao’s conversations in London with his screen-father (Keval Arora). So calm so unruffled, secreting such terrible violence. Rajkummar Rao conveys the unplumbed turbulence of an ocean that’s deceptively calm on the surface. His performance is magnificent without aiming to be so.

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Every bit-part of a terrorist, cop, tourist or mullah is played by people who seem to have walked in from their real habitat to be part of a group discussion on their beliefs

Regrettably Hansal Mehta and Rao do not allow us to penetrate the protagonist’s consciousness beyond a point. We only know as much about Omar Shiekh as he and his Creator (and I don’t mean Hansal Mehta) want us to. This, in a way is a desirable path to follow for us, the mute spectators. For violence, as all know, can only be penetrated fully by those who subscribe to it.

“Omerta” is not an easy film to watch. It cuts the protagonist’s movements down to size in episodic chunks and then regurgitates the vivid moments into scenes of colour-blinded documentation. There is a moment where Omar, pretending to be an ordinary tourist in Delhi named Rohit is accosted by an aggressive cop on the road who tells him bluntly that he “looks” like a Muslim.

That moment provides us with a blinding flash of recognition of the problem as to why global terrorism has come to a flashpoint. There are many dialogues and images in this film that will make you wince and squirm.

Who said life after Osama bin Laden would be easy? “Omerta” makes it no easier. (BollywoodCountry)

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Rajkummar Rao will soon Be back in Action

Actor Rajkumar Rao will be seen on screen soon after recovering from his injury.

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Rajkummar Rao. ians
  •  Actor Rajkummar Rao, who injured his leg last month, says everything is on track now and he will soon be “back in action”.

Rajkummar Rao’s another film is set to release soon

“I’ve lost three days when I was in the hospital otherwise everything is on track. I have been dubbing and also promoting ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’. The only unfortunate part is that we had to push the shooting of ‘Fanney Khan’. I feel bad for my team and producers Kriarj, ROMP and T-Series, but they have been so supportive and wonderful to me. I’ll be back in action…four to five weeks max,” he said.

The “Trapped” actor considers 2017 to be “certainly one of the best years of my career but I never planned it like this”.

“I was just shooting for all these films last year and this year and they all released. It was just a coincidence. But no complains. I feel very blessed that I’m part of all these wonderful films. I know not every year is going to be the same but I’ll try and keep doing different films and push myself with every film,” said the “Newton” star.

His another film is set to release soon.

“Yes, ‘Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana’ is a very sweet romantic drama. It’s a first for me in this genre, but I had a really good time shooting for it. We had a great team and a really wonderful script. It gave me a lot of scope to perform as an actor because there are two different personality traits of my character in it,” said Rajkummar Rao.

It looks like another small town romance-comedy like “Bareilly Ki Barfi”. Isn’t that becoming a bit of a problem?

“‘Shaadi…’ is set in a small town, but it’s not our usual small town rom-coms. As an actor, I try to keep it as versatile as possible…I feel the small town rom-com has a charm and you can find so many characters in them that it’s fun to explore. Even if it’s a formula also, it’s a sweet formula to experiment with,” he said.

His other film “Omerta” has been received well at film festivals.

“‘Omerta’ is a very powerful film I feel. As an actor, it took a toll on my mental health. It wasn’t an easy character to portray, but Hansal (Mehta) sir pushed me to my limits.

“We made this film with a lot of honesty and passion, and it’s an antagonist story so that way it was a first for us. It feels great when audiences like our effort and can see the honesty in our films. Toronto, MAMI and Busan are all major festivals and I am really happy that we had such an overwhelming response,” he said.

How does he manage to be so effective in spite of doing so much work?

“I wish I knew if am effective or not. I always feel very nervous before starting any new film and probably it’s this fear only that pushes me to work harder every time. I try and live all my characters sincerely and try and make them believable,” he said.(IANS)

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Rajkummar Rao says he is not in a Hurry to get Married Because he is ‘Still a Child’

The actor, mostly known for featuring in films with offbeat content and treatment, says it's his job to be part of various kinds of films

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Rajkummar Rao. Wikimedia

Mumbai, October 10, 2017 : Actor Rajkummar Rao, whose next big screen outing is “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana”, says he is not in a hurry to get married as he still feels like a child.

“Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” is due for release on November 10.

Rajkummar Rao, who was present at the launch of fashion designer Manish Malhotra’s X Chandon Limited Edition End of Year 2017 bottles here on Monday was asked when he is going to get married in real life.

He said: “I am not getting married in real life, so that’s why I am getting married in films. But there are times in films also where I don’t end up getting married. There is still so much time left for me to get married in real life. Right now, I am focusing on my work and I feel I am still a kid, so I am not in a hurry to get married.”

The actor, mostly known for featuring in films with offbeat content and treatment, says it’s his job to be part of various kinds of films.

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“I like to give something new to my audience with every film of mine. Otherwise, it would get boring for me as well when I will start doing same kind of films. So it’s better to try and take risks,” said Rajkummar, who featured in “Bareilly Ki Barfi” and “Newton” this year.

“Newton” is also India’s official entry for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film category.

Asked about the development on that front, he said: “It’s a huge responsibility when your film represents your country at the Oscars. We have cleared the first step, but we have to fight a long battle out there.”

“A total of 92 films are nominated with which our film is competing in the foreign language film category. So now we have to make it to the top nine films and then top five films. So, it’s going to be a different ball game altogether, but we will try really hard.”

After “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana”, Rajkummar Rao will also be seen in Hansal Mehta’s “Omerta” and he will make his foray into the web series space with “Bose: Dead/Alive”. (IANS)

 

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