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Sam Bahadur: Vicky Kaushal kickstarts biopic on Sam Manekshaw, who led the Indian Army in the 1971 war

Sam Bahadur will mark the second collaboration between Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal and Director Meghna Gulzar after their 2017 blockbuster movie, Raazi.

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Newlywed Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal has started the prep of his much-anticipated movie Sam Bahadur. The film is a biopic on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. Sam Bahadur will be directed by the ace director Meghna Gulzar, marking her second collaboration with Vicky Kaushal after the 2017 blockbuster Raazi.

The National Award-winning actor will once again don the Indian Army uniform and play the titular war hero in the biographical drama. The makers of the film have not yet made any declaration about the release date of the film but producer Ronnie Screwvala had given an update about the other star cast members of the film.

The story of Sam Bahadur will revolve around the first Indian Army officer (played by Vicky Kaushal) who was promoted to the rank of field marshal. Dangal girls are also going to be a part of the Meghna Gulzar’s directorial. While Sanaya Malhotra will play Manekshaw’s wife Silloo, Fatima Sana Shaikh will portray the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on silver screen.

But do you know who was Sam Manekshaw?

Born on 3 April 1914, Sam Manekshaw was the chief of Indian Army who led the Indian side during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. Manekshaw was also the first ever Indian Army officer who promoted to the rank of field marshal during the British rule. Moreover, his active military career spanned for over four decades covering five wars. Sam Manekshaw began his service in the British Indian Army during the World War II.

Do you know that Manekshaw’s comments about the political leadership during 1962 allowed his opponents to label him as unpatriotic. As unfortunate as a incident like this, a young man protecting the boarder and leading the Indian army from the front was charged with sedition. But after being exonerated in the subsequent court of inquiry, he went ahead and became the seventh chief of the army staff in 1969.

Several victorious campaigns by the Indian force were conducted under Manekshaw’s command. Be it the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971 or the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, Sam Manekshaw has a big contribution in these events. Later he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and the Padma Bhushan, the second and third highest civilian awards of India.

Unfortunately, Sam Manekshaw died at the age of 94 due to the complications from pneumonia at the Military Hospital in Wellington, Tamil Nadu on 27 June 2008. Reportedly, his last words were “I’m okay!” However, owing to the controversies of Manekshaw’s post-retirement, it was reported that his funeral lacked VIP representation, and no National Day of Mourning was declared which was customary for a leader of national importance in those days. It will be interesting to see how Meghna Gulzar will depict Sam Manekshaw larger than life history on big screen.

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Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali: Shehnaaz Gill reacts to rumours of dropping out of Salman Khan’s movie

The action-comedy directed by Farhad Samji is the Hindi remake of 2014 Tamil film Veeram. The movie will hit theatres on December 30 2022.

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Singer-Dancer-Actor Shehnaaz Gill is all set to make her Bollywood debut with Salman Khan starrer Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali.

However, for the past two days rumours suggested that the Bigg Boss contestant has been dropped from the film due to dates issues. But now Shehnaaz herself has come forward and calrified the claims.

Gill took to her official Instagram handle and posted a story writing, “LOL! These rumors have become my daily dose of entertainment since last few weeks. But I still can’t wait for people to watch the movie and of course me too in the movie.”

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By this update, Shehnaaz Gill has not only clarified the false claims of fall out from Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali but has also finally confirmed being a part of the Salman Khan starrer.

Reportedly, Shehnaaz has been paired with another Punjabi singer-actor Jassie Gill. Earlier Shehnaaz was all set to create on-screen chemistry with Salman’s brother in law Aayush Sharma. But after Sharma walked out of he film last minute due to creative difference, Jassie Gill was roped in for Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali. While Salman will romance Pooja Hegde, Shehnaaz will be paired with Jassie and Raghav Juyal will romance Malvika Sharma.

For the unversed, earlier Gill had also reacted to trolls who criticized her overfriendly behavior with Bigg Boss host Salman khan at Arpita Khan’s Eid bash. Shehnaaz said that while she loves all the attention and popularity on social media, but she also feels that with time this fame will become a temporary phase. Hence, she just wants to keep working hard, so that her fame can last a little bit longer.

The action-comedy directed by Farhad Samji is the Hindi remake of 2014 Tamil film Veeram. The movie will hit theatres on December 30 2022.

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Sam Bahadur: Vicky Kaushal, Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Shaikh start filming for Meghna Gulzar’s film

Fans are super excited for this one as Meghna Gulzar and Vicky Kaushal are collaborating after the 2018 super hit film, Raazi.

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The shooting for the much-awaited film Sam Bahadur has begun. The biographical film stars Vicky Kaushal, Sanya Malhotra, and Fatima Sana Sheikh in the lead roles. Director Meghna Gulzar took to Instagram to share the good news with her fans. She also thanked the Indian Army for their unending support.

She uploaded the behind-the-scenes video along with the caption, Only Gratitude as we set out on this extremely special Journey…Sam Bahadur is now filming. We are thankful for your (Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force) support, she added.

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Fans are super excited for this one as Meghna Gulzar and Vicky Kaushal are collaborating after the 2018 super hit film, Raazi. Recently, Vicky Kaushal also shared a photo of the script from his film Sam Bahadur.

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Director Meghna Gulzar said that she is excited to take off on this journey. Finally, after years of extensive research, writing, brainstorming, and rigorous preparation, Sam Bahadur’s shooting has started, she added. 

Gulzar further said that it is immensely satisfying to be on set and have the amazing chance to recount the narrative of Sam Manekshaw’s motivating life career of nearly four decades.

Vicky Kaushal will portray the role of the protagonist, Sam Bahadur, while Sanya Malhotra will play the role of his wife, Silloo Manekshaw, and Fatima Sana Sheikh will be seen in the role of Indira Gandhi.

The film is based on the life and times of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who was the Chief of the Indian Army in 1971 when India fought the Bangladesh Liberation War with Pakistan. The biographical film stars Vicky Kaushal, Sanya Malhotra, and Fatima Sana Sheikh in the lead roles.

Sam Manekshaw was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 1972 by the honorable President of India, V.V. Giri, for his undying services to the Indian Nation.

The script for Sam Bahadur is written by renowned writer Bhavani Iyer, Meghna’s father Gulzar, and Shantanu Srivastava of Badhaai Ho! fame. Gulzar also serves as a lyricist in the movie with music by the popular trio Shankar, Ehsaan, and Loy.

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Upasana Singh sues Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu over breach of contract

Upasana has sought compensation from Harnaaz for the damages caused for the breach of contract.

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Upasana Singh, who is known for her work on The Kapil Sharma Show, has filed a lawsuit against Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu in Chandigarh court over breach of contract.

Film producer Upasana Singh sued Miss Universe 2021 for not honoring a contract signed by her. Upasana alleged that Harnaaz, who is playing a lead role in Upasana’s film Bai Ji Kuttange, was supposed to give 25 days for the promotion of her Punjabi film but she has not been replying to her messages and emails. Upasana has sought compensation from Harnaaz for the damages caused for the breach of contract.

Upasana said that she gave Harnaaz an opportunity in her film before she won the title of Miss Universe in 2021.

The Dill Mill Gayye actor said Bai Ji Kuttange is not a small-budget film and she had spent an enormous sum on her upcoming film. Upasana claimed that the film was initially postponed because Harnaaz could not promote it and now that it is set to premiere on August 19, the Miss Universe is again unavailable.

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Upasana said Harnaaz is not giving dates for the promotions of her film, Bai Ji Kuttange, despite signing the agreement which assures that she is both available in person and in virtual with Santosh Entertainment Studio LLP.

Upasana said apart from Bai Ji Kuttange, she also gave Harnaaz an opportunity in her film Yaara Diyan Poo Baran.

Harnaaz has not released any official statement regarding this yet. Directed by Smeep Kang, Bai Ji Kuttange also stars Dev Kharoud and Gurpreet Ghuggi.

For the unversed, Harnaaz Sandhu created history by winning the title of Miss Universe in 2021. She brought back the Miss Universe title to India after 21 years. The title was previously held by Lara Dutta Bhupathi in 2000 and Sushmita Sen in 1994. 

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