5 reasons NOT to miss Sam Bahadur at the Box Office
5 reasons NOT to miss Sam Bahadur at the Box Office
Release date 1/12/23
Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Neeraj Kabi, Edward, Govind Namdev and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub
Direction: Meghna Gulzar
Run time : 145 minutes
With stage set for the biggest clash in the month of December between Animal starring Ranbir Kapoor and Sam Bahadur this year, we are gonna start with Sam Bahadur first. While Animal is a work of fiction presenting a tale of father and son bonding, Sam Bahadur is real life story of Sam Manekshaw: India’s First Field Marshal.
Another Period Drama movie hits the Box Office with Friday Release, helmed by none other than Megha Gulzar(Director of Raazi, Chapaak and many other hits in her bag). The film features Vicky Kaushal playing the lead role of India’s First Field Marshal, the film with a run time of 2hours 25minutes (145minutes total)also features Sanya Malhotra as Vicky’s wife, Fatima Sana Shaikh as Indira Gandhi, Neeraj Kabi, Edward, Govind Namdev and Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub in pivotal roles
This 1971 War based Movie focuses on Sam Manekshaw’s commanding personality and impressive career record, whose life is a lesson and inspiration for all the soldiers and civilians alike. The movie focuses on the high points of his personal and professional life, is as admiring and reverential as that soldier who comes on for a moment and then bows out, his job done but leaves behind his indelible mark. With Vicky Kaushal assigned with the humongous responsibility to portray the character, he justifies the role with his screen presence. Although challenging but he plays it to perfection.
Story of Sam Manekshaw:
The story starts with his childhood presenting the reference of How he got the name ‘Sam’ when he was in foster care as a child. Further how he became from Sam Manekshaw to Sam Bahadur while in the army is also depicted in the beginning scene as well. From power revoked in the early days due to Indiscipline to holding the powers as FIRST Field Marshal, this RSVP film presents a visual retreat before the eyes.
Sam overcame all the challenges through his sheer hard work, intelligence and courage but 1971 Indo-Pak war was the turning point in his life. On one hand, the issue of Bangladesh was on the rise while on the other, the bigul of India-Pakistan was rung. The film presents the crucial decision making abilities during the war and the pivotal chapter in India’s military history.
Even as his friend Yahya Khan (Ayyub, disguised in layers of prosthetics) stayed behind after the partition in what became Pakistan, Manekshaw was clear with his allegiance.
Meghna Gulzar’s direction brings visual and emotional depth to Sam Bahadur, due to her extensive research and resonating scenes which ‘ll remain in Audience for long after leaving theatres. Sam Bahadur doesn’t just entertain; it educates. There are certain moments where the background music overpowers the momentous events and the towering individuals on screen.
Vicky Kaushal as Sam Manekshaw
Our country has been served by great people who kept the pride of Nation first as compared to themselves. This film portrays Sam Manekshaw as the perfect example. The movie reflects patriotism in the mirror to the Current Generation. Vicky Kaushal is the only one who stands right tall in the film and rules screen presence through his acting prowess and extraordinary performance. It would be not shocking if another National Award is awarded to Vicky Kaushal for his sheer acting brilliance, eye gaze, dialogue delivery and character study.
There’s a scene in the movie when Sam Bahadur walks away from his low-on-morale-soldiers, having delivered a rousing address. One of them looks at his departing back and says: ‘we’ve finally got someone to tell us what to do’. There’s not just admiration in his tone, but there’s reverence in his eyes, which ignites the spirit from the core.
This RSVP film shows Fatima Sana Shaikh as a leader who is not afraid to take tough decisions, but it is not as complimentary to Nehru (Neeraj Kabi) who is, in many instances, shown to be indecisive, but these depictions, do not come off as impactful as they should have.
“ If someone tells you he is not afraid of dying, he is either a liar or a Gurkha”. These words echoed in his consciousness defined his journey. The journey that began in 1914 in Amritsar ended quietly at the age of 94 on 27 June 2008 in Wellington where he spent his final years. As he finally went back into the lap of this soil he served all his life, Sam left behind a legacy that will stay unmatched forever.
Another Victim to Piracy
According to some reports, Vicky Kaushal’s film ‘Sam Bahadur’ has already been leaked online on the very first day of its release. If reports are to be believed, Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur has become a victim of online piracy just hours after its release. HD prints of ‘Sam Bahadur’ have been leaked by torrent websites like Tamilrockers, Movierulz, TamilMV, FilmyZilla, Ibomma etc.
The online leaking of the film is a big disappointment not only for the makers of Sam Bahadur but also for the fans of Vicky Kaushal. This can cause a huge impact on the earnings of the film.
Overall, the movie is a must watch for Vicky Kaushal’s performance and the patriotic fervour.
Considering the narrative buildup, story progress, costumes, direction, songs, background music(BGM),
We are going with 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
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