Shoojit Sircar’s next is a film on Udham Singh
Following the success of film Pink, director Shoojit Sircar has started to work on his next film. The upcoming film is based on Indian Independence struggle and India’s forgotten martyr Udham Singh.
This was supposed to be Sircar’s first film as he was researching on the subject from the time he stepped foot in Mumbai.
Reportedly, while studying in Delhi in 1995, he was inspired by the story of a revolutionary who shot dead Sir Michael O’Dwyer. “During my theater days in Delhi, back in 1995 when I was still studying, I would go with a group to Punjab which was just coming out of a period of turmoil and sing songs of communal harmony. I visited Amritsar and the Jallianwala Bagh then and was greatly inspired by the story of this fiery revolutionary who shot dead Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India, in London to avenge the massacre of 1919.”
He added that he’s been planning to make this film for years but it took a backseat as a pre-Independence film would be released. “I guess every film has its own destiny. But now the time has come to remind the people of our country about those behind the freedom we are enjoying today. Udham Singh’s name doesn’t find a mention in our textbooks, he was one of our silent heroes, but his daring and sacrifice marked a turning point in India’s history. After Bhagat Singh, he was one of our greatest martyrs and his vision for the country was very contemporary and relevant even today.”
The director has started working on some scenes and plans to release the film by the year end or next year. The locations locked in for the film are Delhi, parts of Kashmir and Punjab, Kolkata and London.
Apart from the pre-Independence film, the Pink director is working on another project with his writer, Juhi Chaturvedi. It will be a simple and young love story revolving around an issue.