After Uri: The Surgical Strike and Raazi, Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal is ready to play another army officer in Meghna Gulzar’s next film. The actor shared the first look of the movie on Instagram and he looks unrecognisable! Based on the life of India’s first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw, this untitled film will this brave army officer’s life to the big screen.
From telling Indira Gandhi that India wasn’t ready for the Indo-Pak war in April 1971, to fighting the battle and winning the war in December 1971, Sam Manekshaw has been etched into the history of India. On his 11th death anniversary today, the crew of the film decided to launch its first look.
Vicky Kaushal captioned this picture, "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"
While talking about the movie to a leading daily, director Meghna Gulzar spoke about getting Vicky Kaushal on board, “We wanted to finish the edit on the draft first before reaching out to an actor. One day, I just called up Vicky, who happened to be nearby, and invited him over for a cold coffee. We had a conversation about Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. He was about to fly to the US and said that he doesn't want to read the script and would just do the film. But I insisted that he read it and call me.”
Vicky Kaushal, on the other hand, shared his excitement to play Sam Manekshaw, "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."
The actor has previously worked with director Meghna Gulzar in Raazi and producer Ronnie Screwvala in Uri and Love Per Square Foot. "Working with them feels like home. I have the utmost respect and love for who they are as filmmakers and people,” Vicky Kaushal told a daily.
When asked if this film is a biopic, Meghna told the newspaper that it has a different approach to the narrative, “Ours is not a biopic, because it does not chronologically just record Sam Manekshaw's life. We need to make an interesting narrative when telling a story by picking out the most crucial, iconic and relevant incidents of his life, giving a view of the soldier, the man, and the Field Marshal.”
As excited as we are, it seems like we’ll be waiting a while to watch this film, since the filming won’t begin until 2021! "We will start shooting in 2021, which is good for all of us because it needs that much prep time as we have the Partition, accession of Kashmir and the 1971 Indo-Pak war to cover in the narrative," said the director.
Meghna Gulzar recently wrapped up the shooting for Chhapaak, which stars Vikrant Massey and Deepika Padukone. Chhapaak is based on the life of International Women of Courage award winner and acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal, who will be played by Deepika. It is set to release on 10th January 2020.