One of the highly anticipated Bollywood films ‘Omerta’, which stars award-winning actor Rajkummar Rao as the protagonist, has been postponed. The film was earlier slated to hit screens on 20th April 2018. However, the makers have now decided to release it on 4th May 2018. Contrary to reports, which said that the makers postponed their movie to another date to avoid a box-office clash with several other Hindi and regional films releasing on 20th April, director Hansal Mehta clarifies that the decision has been taken as the film has yet not been certified by CBFC.
“We knew that it wouldn’t be a cakewalk with the Censor Board given that the film has a fair bit of violence and strong language. We didn’t want cuts that would take away the essence of the film, so we had to wait. The Censor Board Chief and members of the revising committee understood how certain scenes could not be removed since they are essential for audiences to understand how a terrorist’s mind works. Hence the wait and that’s why a decision has been taken to release ‘Omertà’ on May 4th,” says Hansal Mehta.
Producer Nahid Khan adds, “The team was waiting for CBFC’s clearance for the film. We’re happy to announce May 4th as the release date for ‘Omertà’. We know audiences are eagerly awaiting the film’s release. It’s just a small change of two weeks. We don’t mind the delay as long as we have managed to keep the essence of the film intact.”
‘Omertà’ stars Rajkummar Rao in the role of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, British terrorist of Pakistani descent, who was arrested and imprisoned for murdering Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002. Before hitting screens in India, the film has travelled to various national and international film festivals across the globe.