On account of late Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw’s death anniversary on June 27 , Vicky Kaushal put out a picture of him dressed as the Marshall and announced that he would be playing the great man in an upcoming film.
Unfortunately, the uniform Vicky was wearing had the rank details completely wrong. Consequently, Vicky was trolled immensely on social media.
On hearing about this the director of the film, Meghna Gulzar exclaimed that she was not consulted over the picture.
The industry’s spokesperson Ashoke Pandit gives Meghna Gulzar a clean chit by saying,
“She is an extremely responsible and accomplished filmmaker. Her films Talvar and Raazi prove her to be much more than a frivolous entertainer. If she has taken on the task of putting Field Marshall’s Manekshaw’s story on the screen, she would make sure she has all the research in place and she would most definitely consult the army experts on the uniform, etc.”
Ashoke Pandit also says that actors must be cautious while they are playing real life characters and keep every minute detail in mind. He further adds,
“Specially, when you’re playing someone of the stature of Field Marshall Manekshaw or Mother Teresa. You can’t afford to go wrong on any detail. I am sure Vicky was only trying to tell the world he’s playing Manekshaw. But, even an announcement of this import must be made with befitting solemnity and accuracy. Copying the moustache and the posture from an old picture are not enough.”