Sam Bahadur Movie Review: Unveiling the Adventures of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

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Sam Bahadur Movie Review: Unveiling the Adventures of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw


Director Meghna Gulzar’s latest creation, “Sam Bahadur,” ventures into the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, unraveling his adventures and witticisms. In this article, we delve into the cinematic experience, evaluating its strengths and exploring the nuances of storytelling.

A Cinematic Journey – Sam Bahadur

Glowing Successes

Meghna Gulzar, known for her previous successes in “Talvar” (2015) and “Raazi” (2018), brings her directorial prowess to “Sam Bahadur.” Starring Vicky Kaushal, recognized for portraying characters facing national adversaries, the film promises a compelling narrative. Kaushal, acclaimed for his roles in “Uri: The Surgical Strike” (2019) and “Sardar Udham” (2021), adds depth to the portrayal of Manekshaw.

The Mythical Colossus

“Sam Bahadur” narrates the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, a legendary figure in Indian history. Surviving nine gunshot wounds in WWII, he emerges as a near-mythical colossus. The film captures the essence of Manekshaw’s resilience and leadership.

The Cinematic Brilliance Dilemma

Searching for Brilliance – Sam Bahadur

As the audience eagerly anticipates a moment of cinematic brilliance, “Sam Bahadur” takes them through twists and turns. Moments of humor crafted by writer Bhavani Iyer and director Meghna Gulzar provide smiles, but the ultimate point of the narrative proves elusive.

A Familiar Retelling

Exiting the movie hall, the experience leaves one feeling akin to a retelling of an annual online listicle on Manekshaw. Known for serving humble pie even to the Prime Minister, Manekshaw’s iconic mustache and unique aphorisms make an impression.

The Biopic Challenge

Sketchy Genre

Biopics, often following episodic frameworks, face challenges of veracity and length. Memorable biopics locate the central conflict strategically. “Sam Bahadur,” however, chooses a straightforward approach, avoiding narrative pyrotechnics and divergences.

The Sigma Male Appropriation

The film steers clear of problematizing Manekshaw’s recent appropriation as the ultimate sigma male. Its single-minded dedication to bringing the legend to life results in a hagiography, lacking the depth seen in the characterization of Manekshaw’s Pakistani counterpart, Yahya Khan.


“Sam Bahadur” stands as a unique addition to the biopic genre, offering a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. While its straightforward approach may lack the narrative complexity of other films, it succeeds in honoring the legendary figure.

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