The teaser of Meghna Gulzar’s highly anticipated film ‘Sam Bahadur‘ has finally hit the screens, and it has already captivated the hearts of movie enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Vicky Kaushal, the lead actor, has delivered a gripping performance that promises to be a highlight of his career.
The teaser offers a glimpse into the life and persona of India’s first Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw, whose unwavering dedication to his nation is evident throughout. The teaser portrays Manekshaw’s profound commitment to defending his country, emphasizing that he was prepared to sacrifice everything for the nation but had little interest in the political intricacies that often accompanied military service. He succinctly states in the teaser, “Mujhe politics mein koi interest nahi hai (I have no interest in politics),” effectively illustrating that the role of a soldier in a war often comes laden with political baggage.
‘Sam Bahadur‘ will also delve into the historical significance of the 1971 war, where Sam Manekshaw led from the front and contributed significantly to India’s victory, resulting in the birth of Bangladesh as an independent nation.
In one scene from the teaser, Fatima Sana Shaikh, who portrays former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, emphasizes the duty of a soldier to sacrifice his life for the nation. Manekshaw, portrayed by Vicky Kaushal, corrects her, stating, “Soldiers ki duty hai desh ki raksha ke liye dushman ki jaan lena (It is the duty of a soldier to eliminate anyone who poses a threat to their nation’s security).” This exchange highlights the gravity and responsibility of a soldier in times of conflict.
Vicky Kaushal and director Meghna Gulzar have reunited after their successful collaboration in the 2018 movie ‘Raazi.’ Their partnership promises an impactful cinematic experience as they delve into the life of a war hero who left an indelible mark on the history of the Indian military.
‘Sam Bahadur’ also features Sanya Malhotra in the role of Sam Manekshaw’s wife, Siloo, offering a glimpse into the personal life of this remarkable figure. The film further boasts a talented ensemble cast, with Neeraj Kabi and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub taking on the roles of Jawaharlal Nehru and Yahya Khan, respectively, enriching the narrative with historical depth.
‘Sam Bahadur’ is set to hit theaters on December 1, 2023, promising an engaging and insightful cinematic journey that unveils the extraordinary life and contributions of a man who played a pivotal role in India’s history.
Who Was Sam Manekshaw?
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw remains a pivotal figure in the history of the Indian military. He was the first Indian Army officer to attain the esteemed rank of Field Marshal. His most notable achievement came during the 1971 India-Pakistan war, which ultimately led to the creation of Bangladesh as an independent nation. During the war, he served as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army and played a central role in India’s triumph over Pakistan.
After the war, then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi recognized his exceptional service and promoted him to the rank of Field Marshal, a rare honor that marked his place in history. Sam Manekshaw’s contributions to the nation’s defense and his strategic brilliance have solidified his legacy as a war hero and a symbol of unwavering dedication to the motherland.
Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw passed away at the age of 94 in 2008, leaving behind a remarkable legacy that continues to inspire generations and now finds its way to the silver screen through Vicky Kaushal’s compelling portrayal in ‘Sam Bahadur.’