Irrfan Khan fits the bill perfectly: Shoojit Sircar on screen adaptation of Udham Singh

Director Shoojit Sircar, who is all set to bring Irrfan Khan in the screen adaptation of the life of martyr Udham Singh, says the actor fits the bill perfectly.

After Piku, the director-actor duo is now all set to return for a screen adaptation of the life of martyr Udham Singh.

Confirming the news, Shoojit said he feels Irrfan Khan fits the bill perfectly.

‘Irrfan has the finesse and depth that is required to play Udham Singh. Adding to it is also the fact that Irrfan is aware of the history of Punjab,’ Shoojit said.

Speaking on how he has always idolised Udham Singh, Shoojit said, ‘this hero, despite his sacrifices hasn’t found his name in history. After Bhagat Singh, the work of Udham Singh was one of the major turning points in history.’

He mentioned that he visited Amritsar and Jallianwala Bagh in Punjab during his theatre days in 1995.

‘That’s when I got inspired by the story of Singh, who killed the then Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, Sir Michael O’Dwyer. The revolutionary did so to avenge the 1919 massacre,’ he said.

Telling about the research for the film, Shoojit said, ‘I wanted to make a film on Udham Singh since the time I arrived in Mumbai.’

Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine tumor and is undergoing treatment in Europe.

Shoojit is very positive about Irrfan’s situation.

He revealed that the actor is responding well to the treatment and should be soon on the road to recovery.

Shoojit asserted that they will be starting the film by the end of this year. He also added that he will be visiting Irrfan and his family next month.


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