Shoojit Sircar Reveals Irrfan Khan Was the Original Leading Man of Sardar Udham Singh

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Shoojit Sircar, the popular Indian movie producer, has started post-production of his directorial, ‘Sardar Udham Singh,’ starring Vicky Kaushal in the lead. The filmmaker originally intended to cast Irrfan Khan as the leading man, according to a news site, and despite the actor being diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018, Shoojit was willing to wait. Talking to a news portal, Shoojit Sircar reported this.

Shoojit now works on ‘Sardar Udham Singh’ editing. Talking to the press, he said, “Only the editor and his assistant will be allowed to work in the editing room while adhering strictly to social distance guidelines, and they will strike off work before the daily curfew of 7 p.m.”

The filmmaker revealed that they had wrapped shooting for the film in December, but going by the laws due to the lockdown, ‘Sardar Udham Singh’ may not be able to keep its original release date of January 15, 2021. 

Shoojit had directed Yahaan (2005), Vicky Donor (2012), Madras Cafe (2013), Piku (2015), and October (2018). He won the National Film Award for Vicky Donor in Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment class, shared with actor John Abraham.

Irrfan was an Indian actor who worked in Hindi, British and American movies. Referred to in the media as perhaps the best entertainer in Indian cinema, his profession spread over more than 30 years and earned him various honours, including a National Film Award, an Asian Film Award, and four Filmfare Awards. In 2011, he was granted the Padma Shri, India’s fourth most elevated regular citizen honour.

Khan made his film debut with a small role in Salaam Bombay! (1988), which was trailed by long stretches of battle. After featuring in the British film, The Warrior (2001) he bagged roles in the dramas Haasil (2003) and Maqbool (2004). He also won the National Film Award for Best Actor. Further achievement sought his featuring jobs in The Lunchbox (2013), Piku (2015), and Talvar (2015) and he had supporting jobs in the Hollywood movies The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Life of Pi (2012), Jurassic World (2015), and Inferno (2016). Hindi Medium (2017), which won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor, and his last film appearance was in its continuation Angrezi Medium (2020).

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