Vicky Kaushal's 'Sardar Udham' rejected by Indian Jury for Oscars

Vicky Kaushal’s ‘Sardar Udham’ rejected by Indian Jury for Oscars

Two Hindi films were selected to the shortlist of films for India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. Vidya Balan’s Sherni and Vicky Kaushal -starrer Sardar Udham were India’s official entry to 94th Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. Both the films had OTT releases. While Sherni released in June, it’s been a week to Sardar Udham’s release.

New Delhi: Two Hindi films were selected to the shortlist of films for India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. Vidya Balan’s Sherni and Vicky Kaushal -starrer Sardar Udham were India’s official entry to  94th Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. Both the films had OTT releases. While Sherni released in June, it’s been a week to Sardar Udham’s release. Now, Sardar Udham has been rejected by the Indian Jury for its entry into the Academy Awards.

Yes! Sardar Udham is no more in the queue as talking about Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham, Indraadip Dasgupta has said that the film ‘portrays our hatred towards the British.’ He is a member of the jury that decided upon the official entry for Oscars this year. Talking to a leading daily, he said, “Sardar Udham is a little lengthy and harps on the Jallianwala Bagh incident. It is an honest effort to make a lavish film on an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle. But in the process, it again projects our hatred towards the British. In this era of globalization, it is not fair to hold on to this hatred.”

Another member of Jury, Sumit Basu said, “Many have loved Sardar Udham for its cinematic quality including camerawork, editing, sound design and depiction of the period. I thought the length of the film was an issue. It has a delayed climax. It takes a lot of time for a viewer to feel the real pain for the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.”

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The film follows Sardar Udham Singh, a revolutionary freedom fighter, who is best known for assassinating Michael O’Dwyer in London to take revenge for 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. The film is directed by Shoojit Sircar. It stars Vicky Kaushal and Banita Sandhu in leading roles. 

The 94th Academy Awards will be held in March 2022 in the US.

first published:Oct. 26, 2021, 11:18 p.m.

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