Vicky Kaushal, who proved his mettle in Uri: The Surgical Strike, will be playing Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in the biopic on the war hero.
Meghna Gulzar will direct the movie. Kaushal had earlier worked in her movie with a patriotic theme, Raazi.
Kaushal wrote on Instagram, “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”
He calls “this journey” very special.
Vicky tweeted a small clip that starts with Manekshaw and moves on to the on-screen version as he portrays it.
“In remembrance of one of India’s finest- Field Marshal #SamManekshaw. This journey is going to be very special with @meghnagulzar @RonnieScrewvala @RSVPMovies #BhavaniIyer @iShantanuS @bharatrawail,” he captioned it on the occasion of death anniversary of the legend on June 27.
Director Meghna Gulzar also shared: “In Remembrance of Field Marshal #SamManekshaw. An honour and an experience I am so looking forward to!
With @vickykaushal09 as the inimitable soldier and [email protected] @RSVPMovies #BhavaniIyer @iShantanuS @bharatrawail”
Producer Ronnie Screwvala remembered the war hero and posted the new video, “Remembering the legendary Field Marshal #SamManekshaw on his death anniversary. We cannot wait to bring his incredible journey to you. @vickykaushal09 @meghnagulzar @bharatrawail @RSVPMovies #BhavaniIyer @ishantanus.”
Manekshaw, or Sam Bahadur as he was popularly known, was born on April 3, 1914.
He cheated death on a few occasions, both on the battlefield and away from it. He, however, lived on to be a nonagenarian dying in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, on June 27, 2008. The Field Marshal led the country to victory against Pakistan in 1971.
Vicky had said earlier: “He is a true legend that this country has produced. It’s an honor of the highest order for me to get an opportunity to play the part of Field Marshal Manekshaw. I am excited for that film.”
(with agency inputs)