The film "Sam Bahadur" is going to be released in theaters across India (and Overseas) on 1 December 2023. This is a film based on the life of a brave soldier who was in army uniform for 40 years and fought five battles in four years and divided Pakistan into two parts on the strength of his war planning and fighting skills, and it’s his bravery that the independent 'Bangladesh' was born!
When we talk about the Indian soldiers who defeated Pakistan in the India-Pakistan war and created Bangladesh, only one name comes to our Mind - Field Marshal General Manekshaw. A film based on the biography of Field Marshal, Meghna Gulzar, daughter of the famous lyricist director Gulzar actress and Rakhi, has made 'Sam Bahadur'. This is the same Sam Bahadur who has been the only Field Marshal of India, no one else is like him till now. Meghna Gulzar has directed a film "Sam Bahadur" on the biography of Indian Army Chief General Manekshaw. Ronnie Screwvala is the producer of the film.
The bravery of General Manekshaw, his war planning, and the sound of the thunder of fighter planes and tanks in the war of '71' can only be estimated by those people whose ears were tuned to listen to the news on transistors day and night in those days (3 December to 16 December 1971). It is surprising that in the team that is making a film named "Sam Bahadur" on the biography of that soldier Sam (Field Marshal General Sam Hormosjee Framji Jamsetji Manekshaw), there is no one in the team who can make one feel the anxiety of that time. There is no one like him. The film's writer Bhavani Iyer was born then (her date of birth is 1970). That is, she was one year old. The film's hero Vicky Kaushal (who is going to portray Field Marshal Shaw on screen) was born 17 years after the war (1988). Actress Sanya Malhotra, who plays the role of Sam Bahadur's wife (Silu), came into the world 21 years after the war (1992). In the film, former Prime Minister Late. Fatima Sana Shaikh, the actress who played Indira Gandhi on screen, was born in 1992, i.e. 21 years after the war, and she did not even see the incident of Mrs. Gandhi's death (1984) with her own eyes. What's more, the team captain (director) Meghna Gulzar was also only 2 years old (born in 1973) at the time of the India-Pakistan war that created Bangladesh.
The film based on the biography of Field Marshal General Manekshaw (Sam Bahadur for the soldiers) is not a relic of the past. He died just a few years ago (June 2008). In such a situation, if some leading faces were associated with that particular period (from the film industry or retired from the army), then it would have looked more impressive. Of course, Meghna Gulzar has won accolades by giving one such film 'Raazi'. He is a good filmmaker. A film can be made at any time by taking the help of imagination and preparing any artist, but when people who can translate imagination into reality are present in the world, then they should have been taken along while making a film on Field Marshal. If some old faces of the film industry who had seen and heard the war had also been in it, perhaps the experience would have been better.