Shoojit Sircar’s Sardar Udham Singh is a biopic on Udham Singh, the revolutionary who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India in 1940, to avenge the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
The shoot was wrapped in December 2019, and the filmmaker, Shoojit Sircar had taken to Twitter to thank the team of the film.
“Felt numb when it got over.. Did not wish Shaheed Udham shooting get over .. Wish I could keep him alive..clutched him.. Hugged him.. Heartfelt thanks to my fearless crew,” Sircar wrote alongside a picture of him with Kaushal and writers Ritesh Shah and Shubendu Bhattacharya.
“Sardar Udham Singh will premiere directly on Amazon Prime Video during the Dussehra weekend. The tentative release date at the moment is October 16 and the team is supremely excited to present their film to the audience. It was meant for a theatrical viewing; however, an unprecedented situation has resulted in a direct to OTT premiere,” revealed a source to Pinkvilla.
The film was expected to release in the theatres on October 2, 2020 and then January 2021, but due to pandemic, the release was delayed. Shoojit apparently took almost a year and half on the post production because it’s a big scale biopic made on massive budget, hoping for theaters to return to normalcy post the pandemic. But now they have taken the tough call of releasing the biopic directly on the digital platform.
“In-fact, Shoojit and co. had sold Gulabo Sitabo to Amazon in the early days of pandemic only because they could hold on to Sardar Udham Singh for a theatrical release. It has been 15 months since then, and the virus is still hovering around the globe. The exhibition section too is far off from revival and given the kind of money involved in the film, the makers thought, it’s best to arrive in the digital world,” the source added.