Vicky Kaushal to play India’s ‘greatest war hero’ Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, MC in upcoming film; check out the striking resemblance

  • .On June 27, India paid homage to the first Field Marshal of the Indian Army, Sam Manekshaw, MC on his 11th death anniversary.
  • The hero of the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war died in 2008 in Wellington, Tamil Nadu.
  • Actor Vicky Kaushal is set to essay Field Marshal’s role in an upcoming film directed by Meghna Gulzar of ‘Raazi’ fame.
As India paid homage to Late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, MC on his 11th death anniversary, Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal broke the Internet with a social media post, announcing his next film based on him.

Kaushal shared his first look from the movie, and the social media is in awe of the striking resemblance.

Meghna Gulzar of Raazi fame will direct the movie which will be produced by Ronnie Screwvala.

‘Sam Bahadur’

Known widely as Sam Bahadur, he was the Chief of Army Staff during 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war.


He was the first general of the modern Indian army to be made a field marshal. Manekshaw’s career lasted four decades, and saw five wars. He also successfully masterminded the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971.

He died on June 27, 2008 at the age of 94, in Wellington, Tamil Nadu. “General Bipin Rawat COAS and all ranks of the Indian Army pay homage to Field Marshal SHFJ Manekshaw on his 11th death anniversary. Field Marshal Manekshaw, one of the world’s leading military professionals developed Indian Army into an effective instrument of war,” tweeted ADGPI-Indian Army.

The Burma Campaign


The Field Marshal was born on April 3rd, 1914 and did his early schooling in Amritsar. He was amongst the first batch of 40 cadets to be selected for the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun and was commissioned into the 12 Frontier Force Rifles in 1934.

He earned fame early on in his career when he led his soldiers despite being severely wounded, during the first Burma campaign in World War II.

In a rare case of its kind, his divisional Commander, Sir David Tennent Cowan, pinned his own Military Cross on to the Captain’s chest saying, “ A dead person cannot be awarded a Military Cross.”


Manekshaw was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1968 for his service to the nation.