Vicky Kaushal is all set to be seen in Meghna Gulzar’s ‘Sam Bahadur’. On the occasion of Meghna Gulzar’s birthday today, the makers announced new additions to the film.
Actors Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh have come on board with Vicky Kaushal for the biographical drama, which is based on the life of field Marshal Sam Manekshaw,one of India’s greatest war heroes, the makers announced on Monday.
Manekshaw’s military career spanned four decades and five wars. He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and the decisive victory of the Indian Army in the 1971 Indo-Pak war was under his command as Chief of Army Staff. Interestingly, this year also commemorates 50 years of the 1971 war.
While Vicky Kaushal plays the protagonist, Sanya Malhotra will play his wife, Silloo – Manekshaw’s pillar and strength. Fatima Sana Shaikh will be seen as former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Taking to his social media, Vicky shared a photo and wrote, “It’s a very special day for us as we celebrate our director @meghnagulzar’s birthday and welcome the leading ladies @sanyamalhotra_ as Silloo Manekshaw & @fatimasanashaikh as Smt. Indira Gandhi to the #Samबहादुर family! @ronnie.screwvala @rsvpmovies.”
Excited to have them on board Vicky Kaushal said, “Sanya and Fatima with their characters bring more character and substance to the story of SamBahadur and, I am very excited to be working with them together for the first time. Their characters have been one of the most influential personalities we have heard about and now, the audience will witness the story of their valour, commitment and resilience. I welcome both of them to our Manekshaw family and look forward to sharing the screen with two of the most talented and diligent actors of our generation.”
Commenting on the new addition director Meghna Gulzar said, “I have much to celebrate… There is pride in the commemoration of 50 years of the historic win of our forces in the 1971 War. And it’s very exciting to have Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh join the team of Sam Bahadur. Both their roles in the film require a great deal of sensitivity, dignity, and composure and I’m looking forward to the ladies bringing these characters to life.”
Malhotra thanked Gulzar for giving her the opportunity to play the role of Manekshaw’s wife. “Behind every great man is a woman and Silloo Manekshaw was that support and strength to Sam Bahadur. I’m honoured to essay this role and bring to light her integral part and influence in this war hero’s life. I’m also extremely thankful to Meghna Gulzar and really looking forward to this exciting journey with her” she said.
Her Dangal co-star Fatima Sana Shaikh said, “I’m very happy to join the SamBahadur family and take on the challenge of essaying the role of one of the most influential and talked about women in Indian history. What intrigued and excited me the most was the passion with which the makers hope to honour his memory and legacy through this film.”
Producer Ronnie Screwvala said the team is excited to bring together some of the most talented actors for the film. “It’s a very special day for us as the SamBahadur tribe grows bigger and we also celebrate the birthday of our director Meghna Gulzar. Manekshaw’s legendary status, in war and life, are fondly remembered and still remains relevant to this day. We are so excited to bring together some of the most talented actors who aren’t afraid to push the envelope or get in the skin of their characters to tell that story.” the producer said.
The project is the second collaboration between Gulzar and Kaushal after their 2017 blockbuster “Raazi” and Kaushal and Screwvala post “Uri: The Surgical Strike”.
In 2019, the team had shared Kaushal’s first look from the film.
Bhavani Iyer has penned the script of the movie with dialogues by “Badhaai Ho” writer Shantanu Srivastava.