Vicky Kaushal is back with another Army Drama and as always, he keeps on impressing with his outstanding acting and natural movements on field makes it more real than ever.
This time while playing field marshal Sam Manekshaw Vicky Kaushal makes us fall in his effortless screen presence. No doubt credit goes to the director Meghna Gulzar for creating the perfect setting for such a result on screen. She has already showed her capabilities in such genres through Talvar (2015) & Raazi (2018) and creates another blockbuster this time.
Sam Bahadur casts life journey of India’s first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw who was also Chief of Indian army during the Indo-Pak war of 1971. Truly a heroic character in real life he was really a man of big moments. Vicky impersonated him so well that no one else can do.
Other actors contributed equally well to the screen as Fatima Sana Shaikh easily pulled off Indira Gandhi’s character while Sanya Malhotra impressively played wife of Sam. Neeraj Kabi as Pandit Nehru suited as real as possible.
The only thing the film could lack at is making a relatable connection with the audiences, though Gulzar tries firmly to make that connect as soon as possible but hope that it won’t be too late for today’s viewers who would skip a movie in hardly 10 minutes if OTT is concerned.
In the effort to cast Sam Manekshaw’s whole career in the given time frame the makers falls short to make the climax more suspenseful, honestly there’s not much that we would expect like real battles or any kind of movements from 1971 war. Makers cover up the whole war to cut short the excess time but the overall setting and off course the performances hide those lose sequences.
Lastly, Sam Bahadur must be in your watchlist for a great story & a unique portrayal of India’s partition from army’s point of view which is just phenomenal & different than the usual stories we have heard.