With the mega successful movie Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal has become Bollywood’s new blue-eyed boy. After establishing himself as a talented actor with films like Sanju, Raazi and Manmarziyaan in 2018, Vicky knocked for six with the success of his 2019 film Uri. And since then, fans and critics started going crazy about this actor.
In no time, Vicky has become a favourite with filmmaker. Now, Shoojit Sircar has roped in the 30-year-old actor for his next film Udham Singh.
Vicky will essay the role of freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh in the film that is set in the pre-independence era.
CONFIRMED… Vicky Kaushal in Shoojit Sircar’s next film, titled #UdhamSingh… Story of a freedom fighter… Set in the pre-Independence era… Produced by Ronnie Lahiri… Starts next month… 2020 release. pic.twitter.com/hxTTajlRYP
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This is Vicky’s first collaboration with Shoojit Sircar, and the filmmaker is happy to cast him in the lead role.
“If you look at Vicky’s track record, he is taking brave steps and making some really fabulous choices. I wanted an actor who is ready to give his heart and soul to the film. Plus, he is a Punjabi boy and my film is a story of a Punjabi man. So, in many ways, he turned to be the obvious choice,” Shoojit told the media.
Sardar Udham Singh was a Punjabi revolutionary belonging to the Ghadar Party best known for assassinating Michael O’ Dwyer, the former lieutenant governor of the Punjab in India, on 13 March 1940. The assassination was in revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919.
Vicky, on the other hand, calls the opportunity of working with Shoojit “dream come true”.
“It’s a surreal feeling because it’s like a dream come true as I am finally getting to work with him. I have always been a big admirer of how Shoojit sir looks at his stories. The way he is looking at the character (Udham Singh) and the world is extraordinary as well as beautiful. Plus, it’s also a big honour for me that finally, I am going to be directed by him. Honestly, that’s something that will take time to sink in,” said Vicky.
The film is set to go on floors in April, and will hit the screens in 2020.