One of India’s greatest war heroes, Sam Manekshaw was born on this day over a century ago. On the occasion of his birth anniversary, RSVP’s Ronnie Screwvala and filmmaker Meghna Gulzar announced the title of their highly anticipated film ‘Sam Bahadur’.
Based on the life and times of the valiant Manekshaw, ‘Sam Bahadur’ will be brought to life by the talented Vicky Kaushal in this eponymous film that’s already captured everyone’s attention owing to the uncanny resemblance that his character had with Sam, when the look was released.
Sam Manekshaw’s military career spanned four decades and five wars. He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and his military victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war led to the creation of Bangladesh.
The first look of Vicky in Sam Manekshaw’s biopic was released in 2019 marking Sam’s death anniversary, paying him a tribute. Last year, the makers also revealed the second look of Vicky Kaushal and it also left one stunned as Vicky resembles the Field Marshal— a mirror image.
The reactions the film’s announcement and Vicky’s look in ‘Sam Bahadur’ received testify that Manekshaw’s legendary status, in war and life, are fondly remembered and still remain relevant to this day.
Excited to embark on this journey, director Meghna Gulzar says, “He was a soldier’s soldier and a gentleman’s gentleman. They don’t make men like Sam Bahadur anymore. I’m so honoured to be telling his story with Ronnie Screwvala and the incredibly talented Vicky Kaushal. On the Field Marshal’s birth anniversary, his story has got its name. I couldn’t be happier.”
Says Vicky Kaushal, who essays the titular role, “I had always heard stories about Sam Bahadur from my parents who hail from Punjab and have seen the 1971 war but when I read the script I was completely blown away. He is a hero and patriot who is still remembered and loved to this day and capturing his spirit in the film is of the highest importance to me.”
Adds producer Ronnie Screwvala, “We are excited and honoured to unfold the story of one of our greatest heroes and announce the title ‘Sam Bahadur’ on the occasion of his birth anniversary. A great man was born today and we hope to do everything in our power to honour his memory and legacy.”
Vicky took to his Instagram handle and announced the title of Sam Manekshaw’s biopic through a small video. He captioned it as, “The man. The legend. The brave heart. Our Samबहादुर… On the birth anniversary of Field Marshal #SamManekshaw, his story has found its name. #SamBahadur”. Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar commented on Vicky’s post and said, “Best wishes entire team. Really looking forward”. Aditya Dhar wrote, “Beautiful!! Best wishes to all!! Really looking forward to this.”
Take a look at Vicky’s post here-
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Produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film stars Vicky Kaushal in and as ‘Sam Bahadur’.