‘Sardar Udham’ is a  biopic set in pre independence days about revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh who made a major contribution to the Indian freedom struggle but still a large part of our population has no idea about him. The plot of the movie revolves majorly around how Udham Singh took revenge for the Jaalianwala Bagh massacre by going to London years after the tragedy.

The first half of the film moves at a very slow pace. It takes you through flashbacks of Udham Singh’s struggle of going from India to London, his battles when he finally does reach his destination including the way he had to hide his identity by changing names and passports, his arrest and the torture he went through and how he gathered support there to succeed in his mission. In one of the scenes, we get to see Udham Singh faking his name to be Ram Mohammad Singh Azad to signify religious unity. The scene immediately brings you  to the reality of today’s world where we are busy fighting in the name of caste and religion. It has a huge impact on your heart and leaves you with a question – is today’s India what those freedom fighters sacrificed their lives for? Throughout the film, you feel for Udham Singh – his efforts, sacrifices and pain and all you are left with are emotions of anger, helplessness and patriotism.

The second half of the movie is when it picks up and how! The whole incident of Jallianwala Bagh is so heartbreakingly recreated that it makes you feel like you too are a part of the action. People screaming and moaning for help, bullets ripping their bodies, heart wrenching scenes of the dead and dying makes you all emotional and angry at the same time. And then, when it’s all over, we see Udham Singh trying to save as many lives as possible. It makes you realise how horrific it was that even after two decades, the fire of revenge burned bright in Udham Singh’s heart.

Udham Singh openly shot Michael O’Dwyer, former Lt. Governor of Punjab Province during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, when he was addressing a meeting in Caxton Hall (London) in 1940 and finally achieved what he had vowed years back.

Talking about the cast, there could have been no one better than Vicky Kaushal in the boots of Sardar Udham Singh. He raises the bar high with his performance and makes one feel like he was tailor made for the role. Amol Parashar (Bhagat Singh), Andrew Havill (General Dyer), Kirsty Averton (Eileen Palmer), Shaun Scott (Michael O’Dwyer), Stephen Hogan (Detective Inspector) & Banita Sandhu (Shruti Tiwari) as the supporting cast lent a great support and make their presence beautifully felt.

The visuals, the cinematography and camera work are an integral part of any film and here it all comes together beautifully to make the final product look top notch. The dialogues are real and heart touching and manage to take you exactly where you need to go. Special mentions to the songs composed by Shantanu Moitra which added a whole lot of value to the movie and hence feel perfectly adequate in itself.

It is a kind of movie which will stay with you long after it’s over and leave you with the urge to google and read more about Udham Singh and other freedom fighters. This Shoojit Sircar directorial, a dream project for the director, is a well made and a recommendable watch, a perfect tribute to the brave revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh.

‘Sardar Udham’ is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.


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