“Sam Bahadur” is the title of the biopic based on the life of India’s first Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. The film stars Vicky Kaushal in the titular role. The name of the film was announced on the birth anniversary of Sam Manekshaw by Vicky Kaushal on Saturday morning. The biopic is being directed by Meghna Gulzar. Manekshaw was the chief of Indian Army in 1971 when India fought the Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan.
Vicky Kaushal is playing the role of the war hero in the biographical drama, produced by Ronnie Screwvala. Gulzar and Screwvala’s company RSVP revealed the title of the film on the occasion of the 107th birth anniversary of the Army veteran. The director said she feels honoured to bring the story of Manekshaw on screen.
“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,” Gulzar said in a statement.
Screwvala said the team is looking forward to audience reaction to the film. “A great man was born today and we hope to do everything in our power to honour his memory and legacy,” he added.
The project is the second collaboration between Gulzar and Kaushal after their 2017 blockbuster Raazi. The actor said it was important for him to capture the spirit of the war hero who is still remembered and loved to this day.
“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,” Vicky Kaushal said.
In 2019, the team had shared Kaushal’s first look from the film. Bhavani Iyer, who co-wrote the adapted screenplay of Raazi, has penned the script of SamBahadur, with dialogues by Badhaai Ho writer Shantanu Srivastava.
Earlier, talking about playing the role of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in the biopic, Vicky Kaushal had told news agency PTI: “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.”