Vicky Kaushal Replaces Irrfan Khan in Udham Singh Film
Irrfan Khan is apparently still not back to work as Vicky Kaushal has replaced him in the 2020 feature called Udham Singh
Shoojit Sircar has announced that he would be casting Vicky Kaushal as the lead man in his upcoming film about Udham Singh. Irrfan Khan was supposed to play the role but due to Irrfan's health reasons, he is still not back to work.
Irrfan was diagnosed with cancer last year and shared the news thus:
— Irrfan (@irrfank) March 16, 2018
Udham Singh was a Punjabi revolutionary who assassinated the British lieutenant governor in 1940. The assassination was a response to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919.
Udham Singh spoke about his motivation to kill the governor, "I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to seek vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland?"
Singh was convicted of murder and was hanged til death in 1940 in Pentonville Prison, north London.
Shoojit spoke about Vicky how he is a Punjabi boy and the character is Punjabi as well. “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.”
Vicky Kaushal spoke about landing the role: “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.”
Vicky Kaushal’s Uri: The Surgical Strike was a big hit. Rumor had it that Kaushal was also reportedly set to replace Shah Rukh Khan in Saare Jahan Se Achcha, a biopic made on the life of Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian man in space.