Shoojit Sircar terms decision to not send Sardar Udham for Oscars ‘very subjective’, jury member had said film ‘projects’ hatred for British
One of the jury members explained why Sardar Udham was not nominated for an Oscar, saying the film "portrays our hate against the British" and "harps on the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy."
Fans of Vicky Kaushal's recent film, Sardar Udham, are disappointed that the film was not chosen as India's official entry for the 94th Academy Awards. However, the film's director, Shoojit Sircar, believes the jury's choice was "extremely subjective."
Sircar recently told the reporters, "It is a personal opinion, it is quite subjective, I have no comment on that. I admire and respect the jury's decision. I am aware of the film that was eventually chosen, and I am pleased that it was. I follow the verdict of the jury.”
Sardar Udham is based on Indian rebel Sardar Udham Singh, who assassinated Lieutenant Governor of Punjab Michael O'Dwyer during the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. Vicky Kaushal plays the titular character in the film.
Indraadip Dasgupta, one of the jury members, explained why the film was not nominated for an Academy Award, saying that it "portrays our resentment for the British." He also pointed to the film's length as one of the reasons it fell short of Tamil drama Koozhangal (Pebbles), which has been named India's official Oscar entry this year.
“Sardar Udham is a long book that focuses on the Jallianwala Bagh event. It's a sincere attempt to make a lavish film about an unsung hero of India's independence war. However, in the process, it reaffirms our animosity toward the British.It is not fair to cling on to this animosity in this era of globalization," Dasgupta told The Times of India.
Sumit Basu, another jury member, thought Sardar Udham had a "delayed climax. Many have praised Sardar Udham for its cinematic qualities, which include camerawork, editing, sound design, and period description," he stated. "I think the film's length was a problem. It has a climax that is delayed. It takes a long time for a viewer to feel the true agony of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre martyrs."
India's official entry for the 94th Academy Awards, Koozhangal (Pebbles), is directed by filmmaker Vinothraj PS. After his long-suffering wife runs away, an alcoholic and abusive husband sets out with his young kid to find her and bring her back.