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Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur: A Glimpse into the Life of India’s Legendary Field Marshal

Vicky Kaushal is all set to bring to life the extraordinary journey of India’s Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in Meghna Gulzar’s “Sam Bahadur.” This captivating film unveils the untold story of the visionary general who played a pivotal role in India’s historic 1971 Indo-Pak war victory.

During the exclusive trailer launch event at the Maneckshaw Centre Auditorium, Chief of the Army Staff General Manoj Pande introduced the world to Vicky Kaushal’s portrayal of Sam Manekshaw. The actor, known for his impeccable dedication to character roles, expressed his initial disbelief at being cast as the dashing general, admitting, “I thought no way I ever get the role since he was such a handsome man. I am grateful a flawed person like me got the opportunity to lead this exceptional life on screen.”

The talented filmmaker Meghna Gulzar, who brings this incredible story to the silver screen, described the project as an “opportunity of a lifetime” and a “life-altering experience.” She had her sights set on Vicky Kaushal from the beginning, and together, they embarked on an extensive journey of look tests and character development to do justice to Sam Manekshaw’s remarkable legacy.

The film beautifully traverses four decades of Sam Manekshaw’s illustrious career, from his early days as a Second Lieutenant to becoming the Chief of Army Staff in 1971. His unwavering commitment to the nation, showcased through the fearless determination to speak his mind to the heads of state, is a central theme in the emotionally moving trailer.

Vicky Kaushal’s performance is reminiscent of his role as Major Vihan Shergil in “Uri,” where he inspired with the iconic line “How’s the Josh?” This energy and motivation bear the imprints of Sam Manekshaw, a dynamic leader who instilled hope and encouragement in his soldiers.

The trailer also captures a memorable exchange between Sam Manekshaw and then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, portrayed by Fatima Sana Sheikh. Sam’s unwavering dedication to his duty is evident as he asserts that a soldier’s job is not just to die in battle but to eliminate the enemy. His resolute nature in the face of adversity is truly admirable.

Vicky Kaushal’s portrayal goes beyond the physical aspects, including the handlebar mustache and the General’s distinct posture. He masterfully emotes the determination and compassion that defined Sam Manekshaw. Kaushal shared his profound admiration, saying, “He had never punished a soldier in his four decades. Being in the position he was, he was marvelously empathetic.”

Meghna Gulzar, through extensive research and support from the Indian Army and Sam Manekshaw’s family, has meticulously pieced together the intricate facets of the man and his times. As “Sam Bahadur” prepares for its release on December 1st, it promises to be a captivating exploration of a remarkable life.

In a head-to-head clash at the theaters, “Sam Bahadur” will take on Ranbir Kapoor’s “Animal.” Vicky Kaushal, brimming with enthusiasm, referred to the film set as his paradise and expressed his desire for every month and year to be his. The movie also features Sanya Malhotra as Siloo Manekshaw, adding another layer to this gripping narrative.

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