Actor Vicky Kaushal mentioned on Tuesday he initially thought he was not good wanting sufficient for the position of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in filmmaker Meghna Gulzar’s Sam Bahadur.
At the movie’s trailer launch occasion held on the Manekshaw Centre in Delhi, Vicky mentioned Meghna instructed him about her need to make the biopic on Manekshaw through the capturing of their 2018 movie Raazi.
“I keep in mind when Meghna and I had been engaged on Raazi, then throughout a capturing schedule in Patiala she instructed me what she needed to do subsequent. And she mentioned she desires to make a movie on Sam Manekshaw,” Kaushal mentioned.
“My mom and father are each from Punjab, and thru them, I had heard quite a bit about him. But I did not know the way he appeared. So, throughout that dialog, I secretly Googled him and noticed his picture. I mentioned, ‘He may be very good-looking and I cannot get this position.’ But I’ve to thank Meghna for giving me the position of this good-looking particular person,” he added.
The trailer was launched in presence of Army Chief General Manoj Pande. Vicky’s co-actors Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh, director Meghna and producer Ronnie Screwvala additionally attended the occasion.
Sam Bahadur will span Manekshaw’s profession of over 40 years, together with vital milestones, from preventing in World War II to being the Chief of Army Staff through the 1971 Indo-Pakistan conflict, that led to the creation of Bangladesh, in response to the makers.
Playing the titular half was not straightforward for Vicky, he mentioned.
“It is the hardest position of my life, not due to the way in which he talked and walked however due to the person he was. This was an try and dwell that life. It is clearly a crew effort,” he added.
The actor mentioned his try with the character was to deliver out his compassionate nature on the large display screen.
“In one in every of his interviews, he was requested in regards to the greatest achievement of his profession of 40 years. And he mentioned, ‘In my profession, from Second Lieutenant to Field Marshal, I’ve by no means punished a soldier.’ And that compassion, particularly when you will have all the ability and power, and feeling for each jawan is what made him a hero to me.”
“That swag, model and charisma was there however on the finish that coronary heart was additionally there. He had a compassionate coronary heart and that’s what I used to be making an attempt to goal for,” he added.
As a part of the preparation, Vicky mentioned he needed to work on the bodily features of the character however capturing the spirit was the goal.
“Sometimes whenever you’re enjoying, you do not realise the issues that you’re doing. Of course, I keep in mind how he walked and talked, how a lot he would bend and sit. Before we began capturing, Meghna and I spent no less than 5 hours day by day for 3 months studying, watching his interviews and discussing Sam,” mentioned Vicky.
“To catch his spirit, mindset and power of the person, it got here with quite a lot of studying and assembly his relations, who had been actually useful. After all this, we put collectively and thought that is our Sam Manekshaw,” he added.
On reuniting with Meghna, Vicky mentioned they developed a stage of belief throughout Raazi and nothing has modified since then.
“Meghna is dwelling for me… I’ve such a bond along with her that it appears like a movie… I belief her instincts and judgment…. She makes a movie on paper after which goes on the ground.”
Sam Bahadur additionally stars Sanya Malhotra as Manekshaw’s spouse Silloo and Fatima Sana Shaikh as former prime minister Indira Gandhi.
Sanya, who began 2023 with Netflix film Kathal, adopted by Shah Rukh Khan-led Jawan, mentioned the yr has turned out to be particular.
“I undoubtedly really feel that 2023 is my yr. I’m very fortunate to have been a part of two very great movies, Jawan and now Sam Bahadur, and even Kathal,” she mentioned.
Fatima mentioned like many individuals, she was additionally unaware about Manekshaw and his life story.
“I used to be one of many individuals who did not learn about Sam Manekshaw. Even folks round me, together with my mother and father, by no means talked about him… But by way of the movie, you’re being educated and also you get to learn about such personalities. There are so many individuals like me,” she added.
Sam Bahadur additionally marks a reunion between Sanya and Fatima, who made their massive display screen debut with the 2015 blockbuster Dangal, starring Aamir Khan.
“We have seen one another develop and I’ve seen Sanya doing nice work and it makes me actually pleased. She is a superb performer. When we began, we did not know the place we’d go from right here. But each of us are rooting for one another. Luckily, we had been collectively in Ludo and now this movie. I hope we get to work collectively extra,” Fatima mentioned.
According to Sanya, they each have grown as actors. She recalled the extreme capturing of Dangal, during which they performed real-life wrestlers Geeta Phogat and Babita Phogat.
“I believe I’ve seen each of us develop and develop into comfy in entrance of the digital camera. When we acquired Dangal, I keep in mind that we by no means instructed anybody if we ever acquired harm as we feared that we is likely to be changed,” she mentioned
“Fatima had her ribs damaged and he or she did not inform anybody. So, we used to do it with aches and pains. We have put in quite a lot of laborious work to be the place we’re proper now. I’m proud to see her come this far,” added Sanya.
Produced by RSVP Movies, Sam Bahadur has been penned by Bhavani Iyer, Shantanu Shrivastava and the acclaimed poet and lyricist Gulzar. The film is scheduled to be launched in theatres on December 1.