Director Shujit Sirkar says his upcoming biopic about Sardar Udham Singh is his interpretation of the revolutionary. The film, titled Sardar Udham, starring Vicky Kaushal, has been Sirkar’s passionate project ever since he first visited the site of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. The director, however, said that making a film about Udham Singh was not easy, as there was little information about his life after the assassination of Michael O’Dwyer in 1940.
“In history, Udham Singh was few. He was a visionary, a purposeful revolutionary, he had a big goal. Outside of Punjab, many people do not know about it. This is my vision of how I see a revolutionary. “There are many ways to see a revolutionary, this is my vision,” Sirkar said at the India Today Conclave 2021.
Sardar Udham Singh killed Michael O’Dwyer, Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in 1940 to avenge the 1919 massacre led by Brigadier General Reginald Dyer, which killed more than 1,000 people. O’Dwyer connived at Dyer’s actions.
Sirkar, known for films such as Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe, Piku and October, said that instead of investigating the events of Udham Singh’s life, they were trying to capture his state of mind. “We did not dwell on his events and actions, but tried to penetrate into the consciousness of Sardar Udham. What he must have thought or must have experienced on the night of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre that changed him. “
Kaushal, who also accompanied the director to the show, said he liked the fact that Sirkar does not represent Udham Singh as a superhero.
“He wanted to show that Sardar Udham was not a superhero. He saw him as a child, an ordinary person, one of us who was influenced by the events of that night. For me it became a search from what is inside him, what he could not change. Pain he couldn’t let go of for 21 years, ”he said.
According to the actor, growing up listening to the stories of Shahid Bhagat Singh and Udham Singh, when he started filming the film, he realized that there is much more to them than just a few incidents mentioned in the history books.
“I belong to a Punjabi family, my hometown is two hours away from Jallianwala Bagh. I have heard stories about the childhood of Shahid Bhagat Singh and Sardar Udham Singh. But when I got on board, I realized that I knew much less about them.
“My search for Sardhar Udham is still ongoing, and I hope that our efforts to create this man of that era resonate with the public.” The film “Sardar Udham”, written by Ritesh Shah and Shubhendu Bhattacharya, will premiere on October 16 via Amazon Prime Video.