Vicky Kaushal replaces Irrfan Khan in Shoojit Sircar’s Udham Singh, says it’s a dream come true
Shoojit Sircar said he wanted an actor who would give his heart and soul to the film and since the story is about a Punjabi man, he turned out to be the obvious choice.
After the recent success of Uri: The Surgical Strike, Vicky Kaushal is definitely getting a lot of attention, more than ever before after a successful 2018. With Irrfan Khan opting out of Shoojit Sircar’s Udham Singh due to health reasons, Vicky has now replaced the actor to play the role in a film which revolves around a freedom fighter.
In his earlier interviews, Vicky had revealed how he would love to work with Shoojit Sircar, because of the kind of films he creates, and said his dream has now come true. The 30-year-old actor said after he was offered the role, it was a surreal feeling for him because he has always wanted to work with the director, and it will take time for it to sink in for him. He went on to add that he loves how he looks at stories and character, especially Udham Singh, and he couldn't be more excited. On the other hand, Shoojit talking about Vicky’s involvement said he was really impressed with the actor’s track record because of the brave steps he is taking and making fabulous choices. The Piku director said when he was looking for a replacement, he wanted an actor who would give his heart and soul to the film and since the story is about a Punjabi man, he turned out to be the obvious choice for the role.
Irrfan Khan, who was earlier supposed to play the role of Udham Singh, was diagnosed with cancer last year in August, and is currently receiving treatment for the same. The film, which is set to release in 2020, is based on Punjab freedom fighter Udham Singh, who assassinated General Michael O’Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab, involved in the 1919 Amritsar massacre.