Sardar Udham Singh Oscars news: Netizens rushed to social media the day after Tamil film Koozhangal was chosen as India’s official submission for the 94th Academy Awards to dispute the jury’s decision. The panel members have now stated why Vicky Kaushal’s Sardar Udham (one among the most popular candidates) was not chosen as India’s official submission to the Oscars.
‘OUR HATRED FOR THE BRITISH IS PROJECTED BY SARDAR UDHAM’
Sardar Udham, starring Vicky Kaushal, was one of 14 films nominated for India’s Oscar submission in 2022. The jury, on the other hand, voted to send Tamil film Koozhangal to the Oscars. One of the panel members, Indraadip Dasgupta, explained why Sardar Udham was not chosen: “Sardar Udham is a touch long and harps on the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy.”
It’s a sincere attempt to produce a magnificent film on an unsung hero of India’s independence war. However, in the process, it reaffirms our animosity for the British. It is unjust to cling on to hatred in this day of globalisation.”
“Many have liked Sardar Udham for its cinematic excellence, including camerawork, editing, sound design, and portrayal of the period,” noted another jury member, Sumit Basu. I think the film’s length was a problem. It has a climax that is delayed. It takes a long time for a spectator to experience the true agony of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre martyrs.”
Fans were dissatisfied with the jury’s decision and vented their displeasure on social media. They also contrasted Sardar Udham to Slumdog Millionaire, a 2008 film starring Vicky Kaushal that depicted the brave storey of independence warrior Sardar Udham Singh, and questioned why the latter was chosen over the Vicky Kaushal-starrer.
“So Indian kids lathered in crap, begging and fending for themselves in Slumdog Millionaire is more appealing as a representation of Indians,” a fan remarked on Twitter. But a genuine picture of British imperialism’s horrible actions on our nation is problematic?
Another supporter said, “The jury has rejected #SardarUdham as an official Oscar 2020 entry because “it conveys animosity toward the British”! It’s unfathomable… What do people want from a film on Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh? To display some bhaichara to British rule?”
Another fan said, “As a result, the Oscar candidacy for #SardarUdham was denied because “the film projects too much hat!red towards the British.” However, the film #SlumdogMillionaire received an Oscar for portraying India in a positive manner. Only hypocrisy (sic) may be seen everywhere.”
A Twitter user wrote, “Showing Indian poverty can win Oscars. But showing British treatment towards Indians cannot be even considered for Oscar’s. Hats off to your loyic Mr Dasgupta #SardarUdham (sic).”
Sardar Udham is a film directed by Vicky Kaushal about a brave rebel named Sardar Udham Singh who was on a quest to punish those who were mercilessly slaughtered in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919. Shoojit Sircar is the director of the film. It’s available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.