Sardar Udham not selected for India’s Oscar entry as it portrays hatred towards British .

The day after Tamil film Koozhangal was selected as India’s official entry for the 94th Academy Awards, netizens took to social media to question the jury’s choice. Now, the jury members have explained why they didn’t choose Vicky Kaushal’s Sardar Udham (one of the most popular contenders) for India’s official entry to the Oscars.

Vicky Kaushal’s Sardar Udham was among the 14 shortlisted films for India’s entry to Oscars 2022 . However, the jury decided to send Tamil film Koozhangal for the Oscar race. Explaining why Sardar Udham was not selected, Indraadip Dasgupta, one of the jury members, told Times Of India, “Sardar Udham is a little lengthy and harps on the Jallianwala Bagh incident. It is an honest effort to make a lavish film on an unsung hero of the Indian freedom struggle. But in the process, it again projects our hatred towards the British. In this era of globalization, it is not fair to hold on to this hatred.”

Another member of the jury, Sumit Basu, also said, “Many have loved Sardar Udham for its cinematic quality including camerawork, editing, sound design and depiction of the period. I thought the length of the film was an issue. It has a delayed climax. It takes a lot of time for a viewer to feel the real pain for the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre.”

Fans were not happy with the jury’s choice and they expressed their disappointment on social media. They also compared Sardar Udham to the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire and questioned why the latter was selected but not the Vicky Kaushal-starrer, which told the courageous tale of freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh.

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