Bollywood actor Rajkummar Rao has confessed that playing an anti-hero character was exhausting for him. The actor’s recent film Omertà features him as British-born Pakistani terrorist Omar Saeed Sheikh.

The Hansal Mehta-directed Omertà is Rajkummar’s first anti-hero film and it took him a while to shed the antagonist’s character.

Rajkummar Rao said, “My first as an anti-hero and exhausting as an actor. To feel the hate towards another human-being without any remorse can take quite a toll. It took me a while to shed this character.”

The second poster of the film was revealed on 29 March, in which the actor can be seen being taken away in a police van. Have a look at the poster.

A trailer released earlier showed Rajkummar as a trainee with a terrorist group whose mission is to spread the spirit of ‘jihad’ across the globe. According to the storyline, Omar has been warned about the dangerous path but he takes up the assignment with sheer confidence. Rajkummar could be seen prepping himself throughout for his goal, in a bespectacled and bearded look. He appears quite convincing as Omar.

The intense drama is based on the life of Sheikh, who was freed in exchange for passengers of a hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999 and was later accused of killing journalist Daniel Pearl.

After getting rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, and MAMI,  Omertà also garnered a positive response at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

Bankrolled by Swiss Entertainment with Karma Media, Omertà is scheduled to release on 20 April.

-With IANS inputs