Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar has started work on his biopic on freedom fighter Udham Singh. The film’s pre-production has already begun. The film has been a dream for the Piku maker and finally, he is giving shape to it. The film will be produced by Sircar’s home banner Rising Sun Films along with his partner Ronnie Lahiri.
Says Sircar, “During my theatre 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 killed Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India, in London to avenge the massacre of the Jallianwala massacre in 1919.”
Sircar is currently shooting some background scenes. The film will be shot in Punjab, Kashmir and parts of New Delhi, Kolkata and London. Udham killed General Dwyer in the United Kingdom and hence London. “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,” says the director who is looking for that perfect actor to essay the role of one of the forgotten heroes of our freedom struggle.
Though, Sircar’s hunt for the leading man is on, he is also working on a fresh love story along with writer Juhi Chaturvedi. Sircar will helm the film.