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Omerta passed by CBFC Revising Committee, to be released on 4 May


The film, directed by Hansal Mehta, was supposed to hit the screens on 20 April, but was delayed after the Central Board of Film Certification failed to pass the film on time.

Keyur Seta

Director Hansal Mehta’s Omerta will now be released on 4 May. The film, directed by Hansal Mehta, was supposed to hit the screens on 20 April, but was delayed after the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) failed to pass the film on time.

The film has now been passed by the CBFC Revising Committee.

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Mehta, in an official statement, said that he was expecting these issues, but decided to wait and avoid making cuts. “We knew that it wouldn't be a cake walk 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,” he said.

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He added that the Committee members realized the importance of the scenes. “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 4 May,” said Mehta.

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Omerta is based on the life of Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British-born terrorist of Pakistani descent.