Know, who is the revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh, on whom Vicky Kaushal's film 'Sardar Udham' is coming
'I did it because he was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the souls of our people, so I have crushed him. For 21 years I was trying to take revenge. I am glad that I have done my job.
'I did it because he was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the souls of our people, so I have crushed him. For 21 years I was trying to take revenge. I am glad that I have done my job. These were the words of revolutionary Sardar Udham Singh, which he spoke during the court hearing after the assassination of Michael O'Dwyer, the British officer responsible for the Jallianwala massacre in the year 1919. Shoojit Sircar has made the film 'Sardar Udham' on his life. Shoojit considers it very important to make films on such revolutionaries on the occasion of the Amrit Festival of Independence.
Vicky Kaushal is playing the role of Sardar Udham Singh in the film.
Shoojit Sircar says, 'After going to Jallianwala Bagh, what I saw, read, heard and came to know about the statements of the survivors of that massacre, I was shaken from inside. There are still bullet marks on the walls, it seems that there is still blood on the walls. Many revolutionaries were associated with this event. I wanted to make a film on Shaheed Bhagat Singh too, but many films had been made on his life earlier. After that, I decided to make a film on the life of Sardar Udham Singh. Very little information is available about them. It was a big challenge for me'.
There is a trust in Jallianwala Bagh, which has many books, many articles, an English newspaper which had many things related to them, the British Library has a lot, its Parliament Library has many articles of that era, Congress reports. Hunter commission report, in which information about Sardar Udham Singh is found. I have used the same sources for the film. Not much is known about the life of Sardar Udham Singh before the Caxton Hall incident. The Khalsa orphanage in Amritsar, in which Udham Singh grew up, still has some diaries and registers in his trust, which contain information about Udham Singh. Cinema has a huge impact on our society. I consider it an important tool to present an ideology to society. Cinema can make a big contribution in bringing our revolutionaries and their sacrifices in front of the people.
After avenging the Jallianwala massacre, Sardar Udham Singh had said in his message that I had only tried that the world does not forget it, because if the world forgets it then such incidents will be repeated. I have included it in the trailer. Through the film, I have tried to raise the same question that why the sacrifice of Sardar Udham Singh was reduced to a few lines. There should be at least one chapter in which we can know about them in detail.
Such was the life of Sardar Udharam Singh
Born on 26 December 1899 in Sunam village of Sangrur district of Punjab, Sardar Udham Singh's father Tehal Singh was a railway watchman. His childhood name was Shera. The mother died shortly after birth. After a few years, his father also left the world. Then Shera and his elder brother Mukta were raised in the Central Khalsa Orphanage in Amritsar. Where he was given the name Udham Singh. In the year 1917, his brother also died. He left the orphanage in the year 1919. In the same year, after seeing the Jallianwala massacre in front of his eyes, Sardar Udham Singh kept the fire of his revenge burning in his chest for 21 years.
Influenced by Shaheed Bhagat Singh, he became a part of the Ghadar Party. Which worked to unite Indians against British rule all over the world. While working for the same party, he was arrested in 1927 for carrying an unlicensed revolver and cartridges and imprisoned for five years. After that, he went abroad after collecting donations from the revolutionaries. In the meantime, he reached Germany and then to London in 1934. There he continued working on a plan of revenge while working in a private organization and bought a revolver from a soldier.
On 13 March 1940, there was a joint meeting of the East India Company and the Central Asian Society at Caxton Hall in London, in which Michael O'Dwyer was also to attend. Sardar Udham Singh also reached that meeting hiding the revolver in the book. As Michael moved towards the stage to deliver the speech, Sardar Udham fired two bullets at his chest. He didn't even try to run away.
Example of harmony
In police custody, Sardar Udham Singh used to write his name as Ram Mohammad Singh Azad. This reflects the three major sects living in India namely Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh. He was convicted of murder at a trial in a London court and was hanged in Pentonville Prison on July 31, 1940. After this, like Sardar Bhagat Singh, he was also given the title of Shaheed-e-Azam.