Sardar Udham: Directed by Shoojit Sircar. With Vicky Kaushal, Stephen Hogan, Sam Redford, Andrew Havill. Indian Revolutionary Udham Singh whose better known for the assassination of Michael O Dwyer in London, who was behind the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre on April 13, 1919. The story sets out how...
Udham Singh avenged the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by shooting Michael O’Dwyer in London, in March, 1940. This is the story behind this fact – a tale of carrying an unhealed wound for 21 years, of un-relenting resolve and resilience, the distinct journey of ‘Sardar Udham’. 1919, Resentment against the British had been building up in Punjab. In early April, the Lt. Governor of Punjab, Michael O’Dwyer decided to ‘restore order’ in the troubled city of Amritsar. On the fateful day of April 13th, over 20,000 unarmed people assembled in Jallianwala
Bagh. General Dyer reached the bagh with armed troops. Approximately 1650 rounds were fired in 10 minutes. It was a bloodbath! Only 20-years-old at the time, Udham Singh, was deeply scarred by this massacre. In 1931, Udham escaped from India and made his way into the mountains of Afghanistan, eventually reaching London via the sea in 1933-34. In London, he spent the most decisive 6 years of his life, to re-ignite the revolution begun by his guru, Bhagat Singh, waiting patiently, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh tragedy, to kill the man at the helm of affairs in Punjab, Michael O’Dwyer. And in that single minded pursuit, gladly sacrificed his life.