Oscars 2022: Jury members say 'Sardar Udham no more in Oscar nominations as it projects hatred towards the British'

written by Ritika Nath | October 26, 2021

The film 'Sardar Udham,' starring Vicky Kaushal, was recently released. The film has received a lot of praise from critics and audiences equally. The people involved with this film have previously faced a major setback when the Film Federation of India barred it from being considered for an Oscar nomination.

The jury of the Film Federation of India has now brought into question why 'Sardar Udham' was not nominated for an Oscar.

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Indraadip Dasgupta has said of Shoojit Sircar's Sardar Udham, "it portrays our hatred towards the British."

“Sardar Udham is a little lengthy and harps on the Jallianwala Bagh incident. It is an honest effort to make a lavish film on an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle. But in the process, it again projects our hatred towards the British. In this era of globalization, it is not fair to hold on to this hatred.”

Shoojit Sircar is always known for developing films that are outside of the realm of normal. For a long time, Shoojit Sircar had wished to make a film about the revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh.

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Sumit Basu, another jury member, added, "Many have loved Sardar Udham for its cinematic quality, including camerawork, editing, sound design, and depiction of the period. I thought the film's length was an issue. It has a climax that is delayed. It takes a lot of time for a viewer to feel real pain for the Jallianwala Bagh martyrs."

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Audiences were dissatisfied with the jury's decision and took to social media to express their anger. They also compared Sardar Udham to the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire, wondering why the latter was chosen over the Vicky Kaushal-starrer, which told the brave story of freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh.

For the unversed Vidya Balan’s 'Sherni' and Vicky Kaushal’s 'Sardar Udham' were nominated for Oscars in 2022.

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