If there’s a film featuring Rajkummar Rao, I am booking my tickets. He has been on a roller coaster journey that’s only going up (Faults In Our Stars reference anyone?). His ability to extract the most unimaginable characters from within his personality has left every film aficionado of the country speechless.
He has been working with Hansal Mehta for quite some time and this is his fourth film with the director. In Omerta, Rajkummar Rao is playing terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh. The trailer was released recently and needless to say, Rajkummar has impressed everyone yet again.
Terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh is responsible for the 1994 kidnapping of four foreign tourists in Delhi, the 2002 kidnapping and murder of journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan, the 9/11 attacks in the US, and the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in 2008 too.
In an exclusive conversation with Indian Express, Rajkummar Rao spoke about how this film is the most difficult film he’s done so far. “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.”
He broke down the way he prepped for the character and 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.”
I think we can all agree that this role is quite negative and to play this immense dark, twisted character might have taken a toll on him.
“I was waiting for the role to get over. I remember the moment I shaved off my beard I became a different person. I vent out, started traveling, spent time with loved ones and started preparing for the next movie,” said the Newton actor.
Another challenge that the actor faced was during the prep. He had no references to his research work. Rajkummar Rao said, “No, 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.”
Omerta releases on April 20.
H/T: Indian Express