Irrfan Khan, who is battling with NeuroEndocrine Tumour, had decided to not sign any new film due to his condition but here comes a news that will be the biggest relief for Irrfan’s fans, who have been praying for the actor’s health ever since he announced in March that he has been suffering from a neuroendocrine tumour. In latest news, we hear that October director Shoojit Sircar has roped in Irrfan Khan for his next. The upcoming film revolves around the struggle for Independence and the long-forgotten martyr Udham Singh. Yes, you read that right. Irrfan, who is currently in the US for his treatment, is on the road to recovery.
Reports suggest that the actor will begin shooting for the film after a few months. Excited, much? Shoojit Sircar, who has started work on his upcoming film, was scouting for an actor to play Udham, a role which spans 30-40 years. Finally, his search for his Udham Singh is over. The filmmaker, in a statement to Mumbai Mirror, revealed that he had approached Irrfan for the part over a year ago and the excited actor too had given him the nod. Though Irrfan is battling with
Confirming the news, Shoojit told the leading daily that he is determined to wait for his hero. He said, “I’ve been speaking to both Irrfan and his wife (Sutapa Sikdar), he’s responding well to the treatment and trying to cope with the knowledge that he’s battling NeuroEndocrine tumour by treating the recuperation in Europe like a short and unexpected holiday. I’m planning to visit him next month. We hope to roll by the year-end, but will wait till Irrfan is ready to shoot,” further adding that Irrfan’s name automatically crops up when he is working on projects because “he’s one of our finest actors and a dear friend.”
The idea of Udham biopic has stayed with Shoojit for over two decades now; it was the first film Shoojit wanted to make when he moved to Mumbai. Talking about it, Shoojit said, “In 1995, during my theatre days in Delhi, I would go with a group to Punjab which was just coming out of a period of turmoil, and sing songs on communal harmony. I visited Amritsar and Jallianwala Bagh then and was greatly inspired by the story of this fiery revolutionary who shot dead Sir Michael O’Dwyer, the Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India, in London to avenge the massacre of 1919.” ALSO READ: Harshvardhan Kapoor’s Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Promos Showcase Actor’s Spirit For Justice In The Film
Speaking of Irrfan being the perfect fit for playing Udham Singh, the filmmaker added, “To relive Udham’s journey, I need a performance with finesse and depth which Irrfan is capable of. Also, he’s the only international actor we have today and I discovered to my delight that independently he knows a lot about the history of Punjab. It’s easy working with an actor who’s interested and involved.” Watch this space for further updates.