One of the finest actors of the generation, Vicky Kaushal has taken up the role of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw in director Meghna Gulzar's biopic. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, first look of the movie is out and dare we say, Kaushal looks like a reflection of the officer. A media report has said that Meghna had shared stories about Manekshaw with Vicky during the making of 'Raazi'.
"And he remembers them. 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," Meghna said.
The report added that the actor would be meeting people close to Manekshaw as prep for his role, apart from read about him and watch his videos to get the mannerisms right. Kaushal said his parents would always tell him stories about the man. "I personally couldn't witness his achievements, but my parents would always tell me that he was a fearless patriot with amazing leadership quality. The first time I'd heard of him in the context of the 1971 Indo-Pak war," he said.
The film has been written by Bhavani Iyer of 'Raazi' fame and Shantanu Srivastava of 'Badhaai Ho' fame. Field Marshal Manekshaw was the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) of the Indian Army and best-known for commanding the Indian forces during the India-Pakistan war in 1971. Popularly called Sam Bahadur, he was the first Indian officer to be promoted to the rank of a field marshal.
On the work front, Vicky is currently busy with his Udham Singh biopic with Shoojit Sircar while Meghna Gulzar has Padukone's 'Chhapaak' on her hands.