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Vicky Kaushal to play Sam Manekshaw in Meghna’s “Sam”

Vicky Kaushal is undoubtedly one of the finest actors of today’s generation. He has portrayed a variety of characters on the screen, establishing himself as a versatile one. His roles in movies like Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, Uri: The Surgical Strike made him very popular among the youth and gained him critical acclaim as well. To add to his crown of jewels, he will now be acting in a film directed by Meghna Gulzar, once again.
Vicky Kaushal had previously worked with Meghna Gulzar in Raazi. This reunion with the director is for a film on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw named – “Sam”
The actor shared his look from the film on Instagram and wrote, “I feel honoured, emotional and proud of getting a chance to unfold the journey of this fearless patriot, the swashbuckling general, the first Field Marshal of India- SAM MANEKSHAW. Remembering him on his death anniversary today and embracing the new beginnings with @meghnagulzar and #RonnieScrewvala”
Meghna Gulzar in a conversation with Mumbai Mirror revealed that she had shared the story of Sam Manekshaw with Vicky Kaushal during the shooting of Raazi. She also talked about how Vicky agreed to do the movie, just by the name of Sam Manekshaw, without even reading the script. However, she did insist on the actor reading the script once and calling her back. Well, now we all know how the conversation concluded!
When talking about the movie, as a whole, Meghna revealed that her film isn’t a biopic and it will be more of a story than chronologically recorded life of the Soldier. The biggest challenge will be making the narrative interesting by picking out the most crucial, iconic and relevant incidents of his life, giving a view of the soldier, the man, and the Field Marshall. As prep for his role, Vicky would be meeting people close to Manekshaw, apart from reading about him and watching his videos to get the mannerisms right.
Vicky, who will be essaying the role of Sam Manekshaw in the film, said, “I personally couldn’t witness his achievements, but my parents would always tell me that he was a fearless patriot with an amazing leadership quality. The first time I’d heard of him was in the context of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.”
When asked about how he feels working with Meghna and Ronnie Screwvala, again, He called working with them as “feels like home”, and how he has immense respect and love for them as filmmakers and people.
The shooting for the film is due to start in 2021, due to the need for extensive preparation. The narrative will cover the Partition, accession of Kashmir and the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Looking forward to seeing the story of one of the greatest soldiers, India has been blessed with!