The immense success of Uri: The Surgical Strike has made Vicky Kaushal one of the most sought-after actors in Bollywood. The actor is all set to set the screen ablaze with Shoojit Sircar's biopic on freedom fighter Shaheed Udham Singh.
Udham Singh was the revolutionary who assassinated Michael O’Dwyer, former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab of British India in 1940, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
The initial choice for playing the titular role was Irrfan Khan, but due to his health issues, Vicky Kaushal was taken onboard. Sircar has been very appreciative of Vicky and in an interaction with a daily, the director said, "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 the story of a Punjabi man. So, in many ways, he turned out to be the obvious choice."
Talking about the chance to work with Shoojit Sircar for the first time, Vicky said, "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."
The makers, after finalising the male lead for the film, have been searching for the female lead. And guess what? They recently approached Sara Ali Khan. Why are we not surprised? The star kid catapulted into the Rs 200-crore film club with Simmba and proved her mettle in her debut Kedarnath.
Interesting jodi, no? But hold on before you rejoice. As per the reports, Sara has turned down the film. Sources close to the actress say that Sara is looking for meaty roles, and felt that the film wouldn't give her enough exposure as an actor. That's the reason she politely turned down the offer.
Is that a reason strong enough to turn down an opportunity to work with Shoojit Sircar and Vicky Kaushal at the same time? Guess not!
Sara is busy with Imtiaz Ali's Love Aaj Kal 2 opposite her crush Kartik Aaryan. And since the dates were clashing with Udham Singh, she refused to do the latter. Looks like she chose Kartik over Vicky.
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