Chronicling the lesser-known story of the great Indian revolutionary, Sardar Udham deeply explores his immense courage to avenge the deaths of his countrymen in an event that shook the British Empire. The film is a biopic on freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh, who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India in 1940 to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of 1919.
The film was also selected as part of 14 films to represent India in the Oscar 2022 shortlist. The list includes Tamil film Mandela, Malayalam film Nayattu, and Amit V Masurkar’s Lioness among several regional films. However, the Tamil film Koozhangal was chosen as the official entry. “India’s official entry for the Oscars this year is Koozhangal. It was unanimously chosen by a 15-member jury headed by filmmaker Shaji N Karun,” Supran Sen, general secretary of the Film Federation of India, told PTI.
Futher, one of the jury members, Indradeep Dasgupta while talking about the selection to Times of India said, “Sardar Udham is a bit lengthy and harps on the Jallianwala Bagh incident. It is an honest attempt to make a grand film on an unheard of. Effort is the hero of Indian freedom struggle. But in the process, it again shows our hatred towards the British. In this era of globalization, it is not proper to hold on to this hatred. On the contrary, Koozhangal, actually an Indian It is a film that has a global appeal. It has no agenda attached to it. It is the most honest film among all the contenders.”
This statement is getting a lot of criticism on social media.