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Toughest Role Of My Life: Vicky Kaushal On Playing Sam Manekshaw In Sam Bahadur

Sam Bahadur: At the trailer launch event of the upcoming biopic drama, Vicky Kaushal called playing Sam Manekshaw the toughest role of his life.

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Sam Bahadur: Vicky Kaushal in the film
Sam Bahadur: Vicky Kaushal in the film. (Image: Screengrab from YouTube)

THE much-awaited trailer of director Meghna Gulzar’s upcoming biopic drama film Sam Bahadur was unveiled by the makers on Tuesday. The trailer was launched in the presence of Army Chief General Manoj Pande and the entire team of the film in Delhi. Starring Vicky Kaushal, Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh in the lead roles, Sam Bahadur will be released worldwide on December 1, 2023 and narrates the story of India’s first Field Marshal, Sam Manekshaw. 

Toughest Role Of Vicky Kaushal’s Career

During the trailer launch event, Vicky was asked about his experience of working on the film. The actor, who has played intense characters in films like Uri and Sardar Udham, called playing Sam Manekshaw the toughest role of his life. “This is the toughest role I have played till now. Not just how he talks and how he walks but because of the kind of man he was a lot of effort was needed. And I must say, how I looked in the film, it’s truly a team effort and massive research work done by Meghna,” the actor said at the event. 

The actor also expressed his gratitude towards Meghna for casting him to play the role of such an exceptional man. “I am grateful to filmmaker Meghna Gulzar for casting me in this part. When she first mentioned the script to me while we were filming Raazi, I searched for him and checked how he looked because I had heard a lot about him from my mother and father but had never seen how Sam Manekshaw looked. I thought he was so handsome when I first saw him that I believed I’d never get this role, therefore I’m grateful to Meghna for giving me this opportunity,” he further added.

Intense Prep

Speaking about how he prepared for the role, Vicky said that he along with Meghna did a constant prep with no breaks for 3 months before the shooting of the film began. “Me and Meghna did a lot of research work on how he walks and talks, his mannerism. We watched his videos, read a lot about him, and discussed the script for five or six hours. So, it was a lot of hard work that was needed when having to bring such a character on-screen. No Sundays, no off days. There was constant prep. We met his family members and they were really helpful. I have around 200 pictures of him in my phone to capture every aspect of his life,” the actor added.

Box Office Clash

Sam Bahadur will clash at the box office with Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal. Directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, the out-an-out action thriller film also features Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Shakti Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna and Tripti Dimri.

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