Omerta is a 2017 Indian biographical crime drama film directed by Hansal Mehta and stars Rajkumar Rao in the role of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, British terrorist of Pakistani descent. The film explores the 1994 kidnappings of Westerners in India for which Omar was arrested and served time in prison and the plotting of murder of Wall Street Journal journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Produced by Nahid Khan of Swiss Entertainment and Shaailesh R Singh of Karma Features, it was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, the Mumbai Film Festival, Florence Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. Omerta was the closing night film in 2018 New York Indian Film Festival. The first trailer was released on 14 March 2018 while second trailer was released on 23 April 2018. Omerta was released on 4 May 2018 and received positive reviews from critics.
Rajkummar Rao as Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh / Rohit Verma
Timothy Ryan Hickernell as Daniel Pearl
Rajesh Tailang as General Mahmud
Rupinder Nagra as Maulana Ismail
Keval Arora as Saeed Sheikh, Omar’s father
Orvana Ghai as Saadia, Omar’s wife
Kallirroi Tziafeta as Mariane Pearl
Harmeet Singh Sawhney as Abdul
Sanjeev Mehta as Maulana Masood Azhar
Satwant Kaur as Qaisra Sheikh- Omar’s mother