Audiences appreciated hard push against terror in 'Omerta': Hansal

Director Hansal Mehta is feeling overwhelmed with the "positive response" to his film "Omerta" at the ongoing Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF).

After getting rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival and MAMI, "Omerta" featuring Rajkummar Rao in the lead, has garnered a positive response at the HKIFF.

The festival, which is in its 42nd year, is Asia's oldest and screens over 250 titles from more than 55 countries across the world. It started on March 19 and will close on April 5.

Hansal, who was present at the screening, said he was impressed with the number of questions the audiences had for him post the screening.

"I was asked a lot of questions that threw up several new interpretations of how the audience perceived the film. It has definitely got me thinking. As a director, it's fascinating to hear people speak of how they interpreted your vision.

"I am very happy that the audiences appreciated the hard push against terrorism in the film and how it inspires open dialogue into the matter," Hansal said in a statement.

"Omerta" is the true story of one of the most dreaded terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh.

Shot in real locations across London and India, the film presented by Swiss Entertainment and Karma Media, and produced by Nahid Khan, releases on April 20.

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