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    Sardar Udham movie review: Vicky Kaushal starrer is an absolute triumph

    Vicky Kaushal in Sardar Udham. Image from youtube.

    Vicky Kaushal in Sardar Udham. Image from youtube.

    Sardar Udham | director: Shoojit Sircar

    mold: Vicky Kaushal, Banita Sandhu, Amol Parashari

    DaudTime: 2 hours 42 minutes | Language: Hindi | rating: 4/5

    Shoojit Sircar likes to take his time to make films. The director has wanted to make Sardar Udham, a period biopic on revolutionary leader Sardar Udham Singh for the past 20 years – his plans stalled due to budget constraints or lack of complete creative control. He is one of those rare Hindi filmmakers – in the league of Sriram Raghavan, Abhishek Choubey and even Dibakar Banerjee – who know how to translate and execute an ambitious vision on the big screen.

    It helps that Sircar also has a habit of gathering his regular associates who work at the peak of their abilities to bring his vision to life. The crew for Sardar Udham reads like an honor roll: the haunting scenes are by Avik Mukhopadhyay, Shantanu Moitra is credited for the music, Chandrashekhar Prajapati reprises his editing duties and Ritesh Shah is the film’s co-writer. The result is a filmmaking victory that is on par with any foreign production. Sardar Udham is not only Sarkar’s most ambitious journey, but it is also his most impressive one.

    Filmed in Russia, India, Germany, Ireland and the UK, Sardar Udham and set in the beginning of World War II, Sarkar’s first outing since last year’s extraordinary Gulabo Sitabo, is a period film brimming with emotions. A taut character study and a scathing indictment of the excesses of colonial British rule (he says few, the film tells the story of the same Indian revolutionary who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the lieutenant governor of Punjab at the time of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. 20 Years after the tragedy, more than 1000 people lost their lives.

    The plot charts over 20 years in the life of Sardar Udham (Vicky Kaushal), a 19-year-old who survived the Jallianwala Bagh massacre when he walked into Westminster’s Caxton Hall in 1940 and was fired upon Had it. O’Dwyer, retired, killed him on the spot. It covers a broad premise, retelling the journey from the point of view of the settled mind of the revolutionary, from the imprisonment of Sardar Udham to his execution in 1941. On paper, this may sound like a by-the-books premise, but Sarkar elevates it by unfolding its story in a non-linear fashion by alternating between periods and aging skills in the process. did. It’s a narrative innovation that succeeds in raising the stakes and creating an atmospheric horror.

    Kaushal’s haunting turn (Irrfan Khan was originally supposed to play the titular role) as a grief-stricken revolutionary seeking revenge for the dignity of a life lost, transforms the slow-burn film into something more than just a biopic. gives. Through Sardar Udham, the government has created an inter-generational portrait of trauma that is relentless in its portrayal of the brutalities faced by pre-independent India under the British Raj. It is a grim account with a burden of history that refuses to soften in the night.

    Still, half of the film’s achievement lies in its rich period details – Avik Mukhopadhyay’s attentive camera and immaculate production design succeed in conveying the genuine sacrifices of heroism while simultaneously giving the audience a sense of the place. This recent hyper-linguism is a welcome reminder in the era of patriotic films that seem more busy rewriting history than remembering it.

    Sardar Udham is a nationalist film that remembers: it is clear how the writers (Riteish Shah, Shubhendu Bhattacharya) deal with patriotism: instead of using it to make a statement, the film tries to emphasize one’s identity. as the only method. I’m not sure if it’s the slow-burn quality of the film or if it’s the gloomy tone that the film maintains throughout, but the sheer intensity of the last hour hit me like a gut punch. Sarkar has recreated the horrors of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre with a systematic, ruthless accuracy that challenges the audience to directly witness the nature of the brutality. As a chapter in history that curiously merges into the background, Sardar Udham is a volatile, exhilarating watch that stretches both the boundaries and standards of Hindi cinema.

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