‘Sam Bahadur’ film evaluation: An adulatory tribute to India’s most beloved soldier


Vicky Kaushal as Sam Manekshaw in ‘Sam Bahadur’

Vicky Kaushal as Sam Manekshaw in ‘Sam Bahadur’

In instances of jingoistic narratives the place the political management likes to take credit score of navy manoeuvres via spin docs, right here comes a story of true valour that encapsulates the exploits of India’s most beloved battle normal, Sam Manekshaw, whose contribution has not been celebrated sufficient in common tradition.

Recognized for telling complicated tales like Talvar (2015) and Raazi (2019), this time director Meghna Gulzar has mounted a comparatively easy and adulatory biopic of a navy strategist who by no means appeared to be in two minds and had the heart to talk fact to energy.

The movie critiques the connection between the politicians and the navy. That there was a time when troopers meant for fight have been assigned development jobs. That the emotional method of Jawaharlal Nehru softened the political will in issues of battle and peace with shrewd neighbours.

Although Fatima Sana Sheikh’s efficiency is uneven, the movie effectively captures the chemistry between the feisty however insecure Indira Gandhi and a resolute Sam (Vicky Kaushal). The scene the place the previous Secretary of State of the US Henry Kissinger is proven his place by Indira and Sam and the People’ propensity to poke into others’ issues is known as out makes nice viewing. Within the week, when the controversial American statesman has handed away, the movie comes as a well timed reminder of Kissinger’s uncommon failure in secret diplomacy.

Sam Bahadur (Hindi)

Director: Meghna Gulzar

Forged: Vicky Kaushal, Sanya Malhotra, Zeeshan Ayyub, Neeraj Kabi, Fatima Sana Sheikh

Run-time: 145 minutes

Storyline: The exploits and accomplishments of Sam Manekshaw, the architect of India’s victory within the Bangladesh battle

The movie additionally painfully reminds how the colonial energy divided the most effective of gents cadets primarily based on faith. It provides goosebumps to know that there was a time when Yahya Khan (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) is spectacular with and with out prosthetics) rode pillion with Sam however years later they locked horns in East Pakistan. The battle scenes are sharp and plausible and don’t look cosmetically cooked up. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy have created a rousing mix of battle cries of various regiments that offers a way of the colourful tradition of the Indian armed forces.

A still from ‘Sam Bahadur’

A nonetheless from ‘Sam Bahadur’

Meghna doesn’t go into the main points of how Sam ensured respect and dignity for Pakistani prisoners of battle which gained him respect within the neighbourhood and opposition in his personal nation however she does present a way of how the Punjabi-speaking Parsi needed to shrug off the tag of anti-national, giving us a way of how the previous was not as inclusive as some need us to consider.

Drawing from Sam’s wit that made its presence felt within the hardest of conditions, the writing is laced with sensible humour. The perfect bit is when Sam makes a touch upon the thought of self-discipline by making a junior and- a senior officer salute one another.

Vicky not solely assumes the character of Sam however has imbibed his charming can-do spirit as properly. There’s hardly any trace of caricature within the tone and tenor. There’s a Gulzar line that aptly defines the person: Vardi pe vatan si gaya (he stitched the nation on his uniform). The gifted actor, it appears, has seamed the character on his soul. One second his eyes convey the grit and resolve of the soldier and the opposite they mirror the spell that the flamboyant man forged together with his teasing one-liners. When the screenplay flattens, Vicky does the heavy lifting to maintain the mission on track.

Everyone knows Sam was solely second-in-command at dwelling and Sanya Malhotra as his beautiful, supportive spouse Siloo proves equal to Vicky’s attraction.

After a degree, the screenplay does change into a collection of snapshots of his lengthy checklist of accomplishments set to a rousing background rating, however Sam Bahadur has sufficient firepower to maintain us invested.

Sam Bahadur is at the moment working in theatres


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