Sardar Udham is a 2021 Indian Hindi-language biographical historical drama film based on the life of Udham Singh, a revolutionary freedom fighter who is best known for killing Michael O’Dwyer in London to avenge the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar. Singh is played by Vicky Kaushal, directed by Sujit Sarkar and produced by Rising Sun Films in collaboration with Kino Works.
The film premiered on Amazon Prime Video on October 16 2021 and was open to positive reviews, especially for direction, production quality, cinematography and performance.
Sardar Udham Trailer
Cast Of Sardar Udham
- Vicky Kaushal as Udham Singh
- Shaun Scott as Michael O’Dwyer
- Stephen Hogan as Detective Inspector Swain
- Amol Parashar as Bhagat Singh
- Banita Sandhu as Reshma
- Kirsty Averton as Eileen Palmer
- Andrew Havill as General Reginald Dyer
- Ritesh Shah as Koppikar
- Manas Tiwari as Nihal Singh
- Tim Berrington as John Hutchison
- Tom Hudson as Winston Churchill
- Nicholas Gecks as Justice Atkinson
- Sam Retford as Detective Deighton
- Simon Weir as King George VI
- Jogi Mallang as Surat Ali
- Kuljeet Singh as S.S Johal
- Tushar Singhal as Informer of Udham Singh
- Sarfaraz Alam Safu as Interpreter At Scotland Yard
The movie goes back to the present, where Udham is in London, in his past when he was part of the HSRA and investigates the cause of Edward’s murder. The story begins when Udham Singh (known as Sher Singh) is released from prison in Punjab, British India. He has been kept under constant surveillance by the authorities. He left India and moved to the USSR which is seen in winter. From there he sailed to London. Although authorities are looking for him, he successfully avoids them and lives in London, earning a living as a salesman and then a welder. He is shown in front of Caxton Hall, where O’Dwyer is lecturing as the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, and there he enters into how he suppressed the revolution (Indian freedom struggle). Udham goes to O’Dwyer, calls his name and shoots him more than once. He then tries to target Lord Jutland and a few others on stage. He was caught by the police and subjected to extreme torture for extracting confessions from him and naming his co-conspirators, which was futile.
It has been shown that O’Dwyer is the only casualty, Lord Jutland and others have survived. Flashbacks show him spending his time in India with HSRA, Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries.
They also show his time in London where he met other Indian expatriates and helped in the effort to send arms and ammunition to the revolutionaries in India. It is also shown that he contacted O’Dwyer as a pen salesman and asked him for a job. Udham Singh hires a lawyer who gradually tells Udham to tell his backstory. Udham was brought to court and despite having a good lawyer, the judges run a kangaroo court and sentenced him to death without giving him a chance to defend himself. Nonetheless, he makes an emotional speech about the oppression of the British in India even though they are only businessmen and he does not hate the British, only their rule and the figurehead of atrocities in India. All this was done at the behest of Winston Churchill, who wanted to use this case as an example for British India so that no one would repeat it.
Udham protested the conditions of his detention and went on a 422-day fast, but was forced to break it. He slowly opened his mouth to the investigating inspector and told him the reason for the murder and the reason for enduring such horrific torture.
In 1919, Udham, a young adult working in a textile mill near Amritsar, lost his girlfriend. On April 1, 1913, on the orders of General Dyer O’Dwyer, 20,000 protesters inside Jallianwala Bagh were fired upon without warning by an unknown crowd, who had gathered peacefully in protest of British rule. Thousands were shot and scores killed, as there was only one entry/exit to the ground, which was blocked by British troops. After resting the day, Udham is unconsciously asleep about the murder, until his friend wakes him up, seriously injured and bleeding profusely. He hears about the massacre and rushes to the field for help.
It has been shown that with a few more volunteers, Udham finds the survivors and takes them to a temporary hospital that is overwhelmed by itself. He has been shown to show superhuman effort to help survivors despite being emotionally overwhelmed and physically exhausted.
Eventually, he was hanged and a picture of Bhagat Singh was shown, while Bhagat Singh was in prison in his last days, indicating that the revolutionaries were finally out of the world together. In the final scene, General Dyer and O’Dwyer are testifying before the Hunter Commission and have a complete lack of remorse or respect for the human life lost on that unfortunate day.