‘Oscars Double Standards’ – Jury’s Response On Sardar Udham Drop From Oscar Nominations

The Oscars are considered one of the most prestigious events in the world of cinema. There’s a reason behind that every film industry tries to make one exceptional film that gets a chance to be nominated.

 In a recent time, none of the Indian movies managed to get into Oscar nominations but Shoojit Sircar’s new movie “Sardar Udham” got the opportunity to be part of Oscars.

Source: The Quint

But looks like the jury wasn’t impressed with the movie at all. Nowadays Oscar jury took the limelight for not shortlisting one of the outstanding movies of Bollywood in recent times.  

Sardar Udham stars Vicky Kaushal who delivered an amazing performance and the film portrays the revolutionary life of Sardar Udham.

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The film got high appreciation from the critics, but the Oscar jury felt different and explained the reason behind not shortlisting the film.

Sardar Udham didn’t make it to the Oscar

One of the Oscar Jury members, Indraadip Dasgupta said “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.

Source: Times of India

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 reason behind the rejection was the delayed climax and lengthy movie. But on the other hand, also praised the cinematography too. “I thought the length of the film was an issue.

Source: India Forums

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.”

Actor & Director’s reaction

When the reasons were revealed, the actor Vicky Kaushal and Shoojit Sircar released their statements.

Vicky said, “the jury members made the selection and we have to respect that selection.” The director Shoojit Sircar said, “It is a personal opinion, it is very subjective,

Source: Indian Express

I have no comment on that. I respect the jury and their decision. The film that was finally selected, I know about it, and I am glad that it was chosen. I go by the jury’s decision.”

Fan’s angry reaction

The way the Oscar jury expressed their reasons surely indicated the double standards. Fan of the film didn’t like the reasons at all.

One of the fans tweeted, “So Indian kids lathered in poop, begging and fending for themselves in Slumdog Millionaire is more palatable as a representation of Indians. But a realistic depiction of the horrifying acts of British imperialism in our country is problematic? #SardarUdham.”

Another user responded on Dasgupta’s reasons, “Showing Indian poverty can win Oscars. But showing British treatment towards Indians cannot be even considered for Oscars. Hats off to your logic Mr. Dasgupta #SardarUdham.”

Indian fans are furious at the Oscars and their tweets say everything. Another furious user tweeted, “The Jury had rejected the movie #SardarUdham as an official entry to Oscar 2020.

Source: Indian Express

As “It projects hatred towards the British”! Unbelievable… A film on (freedom fighters) Udham Singh and Bhagat Singh and they expect a display of bhaichara (brotherhood) of the British Rule?”

Sardar Udham critics wise portrayed the story brilliantly and Vicky Kaushal’s performance was considered as one of the best ones. Vicky is already in the limelight because of his and Katrina Kaif’s wedding rumors.

Apart from Sardar Udham, Tamil film Koozhangal, by debutant director PS Vinothraj, has been sent as India’s official entry to Oscars 2022. It’s a huge thing for Tamil cinema.

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