Ronnie Screwvala and Meghna Gulzar have brought on board the current heartthrob Vicky Kaushal to play legendary army man Sam Maneckshaw. Sam will mark the 4th film of Vicky and Ronnie together after URI, Love per square foot and Lust Stories.
Sam Manekshaw or Sam Bahadur as he was popularly known was born on 3rd April 1914 in Amritsar. Manekshaw wanted to be a doctor just like his father but destiny had other plans for him. He became the part of the first intake of 40 cadets of Indian Army in 1932 by clearing the Indian Military Academy (IMA) entrance examination. He served as the caption in World War 2 and was as heavily injured as having 9 bullets pierced into his body. While he was battling for life, Sepoy Sher Singh came to his rescue.
One of his famous quotes is,
“If a man says he is not afraid of dying, he is either lying or is a Gorkha”
For his extreme courage, Sam Manekshaw was decorated with a Military Cross (MC) during this period.
Manekshaw almost faced death on many occasions, both on the battlefield and away from it. He, however, passed away at the age of 94.
Sam Bahadur also led the country triumphant against Pakistan in 1971 leading to the liberation of Bangladesh. He is also known for his famous reply “then Pakistan would have won all wars” when asked what would have happened if he had fought for Pakistan.
He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and was also honored with the Padma Vibhushan which is the nation’s second highest civilian award.
The script of the film is written by Bhavani Iyer and Shantanu Shrivastava along with Meghna and is said to get released late next year.
Ronnie Screwvala says,
“Sam Manekshaw’s name will be etched in history as one of the greatest soldiers and minds India has ever seen. Young India desperately needs role models to look up to, needs to be educated on the contribution made by this icon to India — as we know it today. I could not have asked for a better storyteller than Meghna to collaborate with on this one and will be a treat to do this with Vicky again”
Meghna who has previously worked with Vicky in Raazi says,
“This film has been brewing between RSVP and me, for some time now. With Vicky now coming on board to play Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, it has begun to simmer. Looking forward to things to come to fruition one step at a time.”
Vicky on being asked about the film, says,
“It’s an absolute honor for me to be getting the opportunity to portray the life of Sam Manekshaw. Reuniting with Ronnie and Meghna feels like Home because of the tremendous comfort level we share. We are thrilled to bring forward the story of this fearless patriot and the first Field Marshal of India.”