Irrfan Khan signs Shoojit Sircar’s Udham Singh biopic

Versatile Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who is currently undergoing treatment for neuroendocrine tumour, will resume work with celebrated filmmaker Shoojit Sircar’s next directorial venture.

The yet-to-be-titled project is a biopic on long-forgotten martyr Udham Singh, who assassinated Michael O’ Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in British India, to avenge the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919.

Sircar, who last helmed the Varun Dhawan starrer October (2018) had approached Irrfan Khan before the latter was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour in March. However, the director had to put the movie on the backburner due to the actor’s illness.

Now, Irrfan is recovering fast. Once he gets discharged from the hospital, he will resume work on the said project. Irrfan will first start shooting for Shoojit’s movie before moving on to other projects.

“He has really liked Shoojit’s script and is in regular touch with him. They are looking forward to reuniting after the successful Piku,” a source revealed.

When a popular Indian tabloid contacted Shoojit, he said, “I think now the focus is that the entire film fraternity is waiting for him to come back and restart. Irrfan is one of our finest artists and I want him to come back fully recovered and relive all his dreams. Meanwhile, I am completely ready with my prep for the film.”

An official announcement on the biopic is awaited.