Rajkummar Rao was disturbed while shooting for 'Omerta', calls it a 'darker space'

WION Web Team
Delhi, India Published: Mar 15, 2018, 07:51 AM(IST)

A still from Omerta trailer. (Source: YouTube) Photograph:( Others )

One Bollywood actor who has established himself among the finest of the lot is Rajkummar Rao. Last seen in Newton, India's official entry to Oscars 2018, Rajkummar will next be seen in Hansal Mehta's Omerta which follows the life story of mastermind terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh. 

As the trailer of the film released yesterday, Rajkummar sat down to discuss the making of the film and the whole process of portraying such a negative character on screen -- a man who was responsible for kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 among other heinous crimes. 

Rajkummar said, "I think it (Omerta) was even more difficult than Trapped. That film was physically taxing but this one mentally shook me up. I was exploring the world which I had no idea about. I was exploring dark roots and secrets about that world and I was very disturbed while shooting for it because I had to play him for that. I had to believe in his ideologies and that was an extremely disturbing process. It is not something I really enjoyed doing."
Talking about the character, he said, "I could not connect with him at any level. I don’t think anyone would agree with his ideologies. There is no way any sane person would connect to him. What these guys do is extremely inhumane. We all strongly condemn them. But yeah I chose to do this and had to start my process by watching those disturbing videos and documentaries. I would listen to his hate speech over and over again, trying to get myself charged up and gather a lot of hatred and anger inside me which I used while playing the part."
On his exercise of relieving character of Omar Saeed Sheikh and moving on, he said "I was waiting for the role to get over. I remember the moment I shaved off my beard I became a different person. I went out, started travelling, spent time with loved ones and started preparing for the next movie."

Rajkummar also spoke about the research that went through in preparing for the role. He said, "I could not meet anyone. Of course, he is the deadliest terrorist we have in the world. So, not even remotely… we could not make an attempt to meet anyone. But there was study material available online, a couple of videos and photos but more than that it was prepping for the character psychologically. To understand why he was doing what he was doing was more important to understand and pick up to perform in the film."
"I knew that it is a darker space and I was ready for it," he added. 

Produced by Swiss Entertainment in association with Karma Media and directed by Hansal Mehta, Omertà starring Rajkummar Rao releases on April 20th, 2018. 


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