New Delhi: The cast of Sam Bahadur recently celebrated Meghna Gulzar’s birthday in an unique way by welcoming Dangal actresses Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh onboard. While Sanya will play Silloo Manekshaw, Fatima will play the role of former PM of the state Indira Gandhi. Actor Vicky Kaushal will be seen playing the lead role of Sam Manekshaw in the biopic.
“Sanya and Fatima with their characters bring more character and substance to the story of Sam Bahadur and, I am very excited to be working with them together for the first time. Their characters have been one of the most influential personalities we have heard about and now, the audience will witness the story of their valour, commitment and resilience. I welcome both of them to our Manekshaw family and look forward to sharing the screen with two of the most talented and diligent actors of our generation.” Vicky Kaushal expressed in his statement.
Meghna Gulzar said that she is “eager to experience” Sam Bahadur’s journey in his biopic. She expressed, “I have much to celebrate… There is pride in the commemoration of 50 years of the historic win of our forces in the 1971 War. And it’s very exciting to have Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh join the team of Sam Bahadur. Both their roles in the film require a great deal of sensitivity, dignity and composure and I’m looking forward to the ladies bringing these characters to life,”
Sanya expressed that she is “honoured” to play the role of Silloo Manekshaw who was the actual support and strength to Sam Bahadur.” She stated, “I’m honoured to essay this role and bring to light her integral part and influence in this war hero’s life. I’m also extremely thankful to Meghna Gulzar and really looking forward to this exciting journey with her.”
Fatima Sana Shaikh, then again, shared her excitement of joining Sam Bahadur cast. She said she was prepared to “take on the challenge of essaying the role of one of the most influential and talked about women in Indian history.”
One of India’s most noteworthy war heroes, Sam Manekshaw’s career in the military crossed four decades and about five wars. He was the very first Indian Army officer to be elevated to the position of Field Marshal and the victory of the Indian Army in the 1971 Indo-Pak war was under his command as the chief of Army Staff.