Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh join Vicky Kaushalâs Sam Bahadur
Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh join Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur
by Filmfare | December 13, 2021, 14:12 IST
Two additions have been made to the cast of Sam Bahadur as Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra join Vicky Kaushal for the filming of the movie. Marking director Meghan Gulzar’s birthday, the announcement of the two actors joining the cast of Sam Bahadur was made on social media by the entire cast.
SamBahadur is based on the life of the 1971 Indo-Pak war hero and India’s first Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Manekshaw served the Indian army for four decades and also made his contributions in five wars. He led the 1971 Indo-Pak war in the capacity of Chief of Army Staff of the Indian Army. He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.
While Vicky Kaushal will be portraying one of India’s the greatest war heroes on the silver screen, Sanya Malhotra will be essaying the role of Silloo Manekshaw, his wife. Fatima Sana Shaikh will be seen in the role of India’s first female Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the film.
While talking about the inclusion, director Meghna Gulzar said, “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 SamBahadur. 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.”
Actor Vicky Kaushal also commented, “Sanya and Fatima with their characters bring more character and substance to the story of SamBahadur 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 valor, 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”
On portraying the role of Silloo, Sanya Malhotra said, “Behind every great man is a woman and Silloo Manekshaw was that support and strength to Sam Bahadur. 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.”
Furthermore, Fatima Sana Shaikh expressed her happiness and excitement, “I’m very happy to join the SamBahadur family and take on the challenge of essaying the role of one of the most influential and talked about women in Indian history. What intrigued and excited me the most was the passion with which the makers hope to honour his memory and legacy through this film.”