Vicky Kaushal to play freedom fighter Udham Singh in Shootjit Sircar's next
Sardar Udham Singh was a Punjabi revolutionary who had assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India in 1940.
Vicky Kaushal will portray freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh in Shoojit Sircar's next. The film is a biopic on the revolutionary who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India in 1940, to avenge the 1919 Jallianwala massacre.
Talking about casting Vicky, Shoojit says, "If you look at Vicky's track record, he is taking brave steps and making some really fabulous choices. I wanted an actor who is ready to give his heart and soul to the film. Plus, he is a Punjabi boy and my film is a story of a Punjabi man. So, in many ways, he turned to be the obvious choice."
Vicky, who wanted to work with the Piku director for a long time, adds, "It's a surreal feeling because it's like a dream come true as I am finally getting to work with him. I have always been a big admirer of how Shoojit sir looks at his stories. The way he is looking at the character (Udham Singh) and the world is extraordinary as well as beautiful. Plus, it's also a big honour for me that finally, I am going to be directed by him. Honestly, that's something that will take time to sink in"
The film goes on floors next month and will be released next year. Vicky Kaushal’s last release was Uri: The Surgical Strike. He is also a part of Karan Johar’s upcoming period drama, Takht.