Won’t Accept A Single Cut….Says Hansal Mehta…
Rajkummar Rao’s shockingly credible performance as global terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Shaikh, which includes a brutal unsimulated sex sequence and a sequence where Omar is shown blatantly disrespecting the Indian flag, has now gone to the Busan Film Festival and the Mumbai Film Festival.
Everywhere, says director Hansal Mehta whose last film was the controversial Simran with the super-controversial Kangana Ranaut, the response was one of stunned disbelief.
Recounts Hansal, “I don’t think audiences are prepared for this level of honesty .I flew down from Busan to MAMI(the Mumbai film festival) just in time for the screening of Omerta. I wasn’t too kicked by the thought of screening it here. But the response I got at the two screenings in MAMI was overwhelming.”
Regarding the highly provocative sequence featuring the national anthem, Hansal says, “It did confuse people at MAMI. When the National anthem started playing they got to their feet but sat down again when they saw the context.In Busan I saw some Korean students waiting to get into a screening of Omerta. When they got to know I was the film’s director they took my autograph on their tickets. Mind you, not selfies,” says the director who is in the process of writing his memoirs which he has titled Selfie.
Hansal refuses to snip off any shot or moment from Omerta before submitting it to the CFBC. “Let them view the film. Hopefully they will see the violence in the right context and not judge it as gratuitous or sensational. I won’t snip off a single moment. We are planning to release Omerta in early 2018.