Vicky Kaushal As Iconic Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw In Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Sam Bahadur’

On the occasion of 107th birth anniversary of India’s first Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, the title of the biopic based on his life was decided as “Sam Bahadur”. The film stars Vicky Kaushal in a titular role and directed by Meghna Gulzar.

The actor shared a video that showed different names Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw was called by before Sam Bahadur flashes on the screen. A voiceover can be hard saying: “Kai naamo se pukaregaye, eknaam se humare hue.” Announcing the film’s title, Vicky Kaushal wrote: “The man. The legend. The brave heart. Our Sam Bahadur…On the birth anniversary of Field Marshal #SamManekshaw, his story has found its name. Sam Bahadur.”The actor plays the role of the war hero in the biographical drama. Sam Manekshaw was the Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. He commanded the Indian forces during the India-Pakistan 1971 war.

The actor shared his first look poster from the film on the death anniversary of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in 2019. “I Vicky Kaushal is playing the role of the war hero in the biographical drama, produced by Ronnie Screwvala. I feel honoured, emotional and proud of getting a chance to unfold the journey of this fearless patriot, the swashbuckling general, the first Field Marshal of India- Sam Manekshaw.

Remembering him on his death anniversary today and embracing the new beginnings with Meghna Gulzar and Ronnie Screwvala,” read his caption. Soon after the first poster, Vicky Kaushal said, “I had heard stories of him from my parents because they are from Punjab. During 1971, they saw the war closely… When I read the script and got to know more, I was blown away. He was truly a legend this country had. It’s an honour of the highest order to get an opportunity to play this part.”

Surely Field Marshal’s work and accomplishments deserves accolades. A biopic on his birth anniversary is a befitting gift for the generations who know little or nothing about the legend. As rightly said by the director of the film, Meghna Gulzar, “He was a soldier’s soldier and a gentleman’s gentleman. They don’t make men like Sam Bahadur anymore. On the Field Marshal’s birth anniversary, his story has got its name. I couldn’t be happier”.

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