Vicky Kaushal was expected to win the Best Actor's award at the National Film Awards for ‘Sardar Udham’. However, despite not winning it, he is not at all disappointed.
Speaking to India Today, Vicky said that taking the story to the world mattered the most to him and all the other forms of appreciation that followed were just bonuses. He added that he is happy that the film bagged several National Film Awards, and all sorts of genres are getting the recognition at the box office.
When asked about not receiving the National Award for himself, Vicky said, “No! The thing is that many times, when you get a film, and get to work with a director that you like, you think that’s where your dream has come true, which is genuinely true for Sardar Udham. I am not just saying for the heck of it. Being a Punjabi, that topic, that man, that story is very, very close to my heart.”
He further mentioned how he knew Udham Singh's story since childhood but several people did not know about it. “We have been listening to this story since our childhood days and always used to wonder why not many people know about this. So, for me, to eventually get the opportunity was a big deal and, after that, what I got or didn’t get, everything was a bonus. For me, the story to reach the world, to get appreciated, to get resonated, that is everything. After that, for the film to get all the rewards are all bonuses. I don’t have any qualms,” Vicky said.
Around the film's release, Vicky Kaushal had mentioned how it was like going back to school when he was working on the film. He said, “I remember his one brief was ‘I want to understand the mindset of this person’. Not about his actions, but what he felt, what he had in his heart. That is what I wanted to give to our audience.”
Interestingly, he had mentioned that Shoojit wanted a human person for Sardar Udham, and now make him a superhero, like all martyrs. “It was important for Shoojit to make it very human, very achievable." Vicky recalled.
Notably, the film bagged awards in categories including Best Hindi Film, Best Costume Designer, Best Production Design and Best Audiography: Re-Recording (Final Mixing).