First Look: Vicky Kaushal as field marshal Sam Manekshaw in Meghna Gulzar’s next

After ‘Raazi’ and ‘Uri-The Surgical Strike’, Vicky Kaushal will again be seen in a challenging role. The actor will play field marshal Sam Manekshaw in Meghna Gulzar’s next. The first look of Vicky as filed marshal Saw was unveiled today and he looks almost unrecognizable. This is Vicky’s second film with Meghna Gulzar after 2008 film ‘Raazi’.

Vicky Kaushal took to Instagram to share his look from the film. The actor wrote, "I feel honoured, emotional and proud of getting a chance to unfold the journey of this fearless patriot, the swashbuckling general, the first Field Marshal of India- SAM MANEKSHAW. Remembering him on his death anniversary today and embracing the new beginnings with @meghnagulzar and #RonnieScrewvala"

Meghna Gulzar, who is currently busy with Deepika Padukoen starrer ‘Chhapaak’ told Mumbai Mirror that it was during the shooting of ‘Raazi’ that she shared the story of Sam Manekshaw with Vicky Kaushal.

"We wanted to finish the edit on the draft first before reaching out to an actor. One day, I just called up Vicky, who happened to be nearby, and invited him over for a cold coffee. We had a conversation about Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. He was about to fly to the US and said that he doesn't want to read the script and would just do the film. But I insisted that he read it and call me," she told.

Meghna also revealed that her film isn't a biopic. "And he remembers them. Ours is not a biopic, because it does not chronologically just record Sam Manekshaw's life. We need to make an interesting narrative when telling a story by picking out the most crucial, iconic and relevant incidents of his life, giving a view of the soldier, the man, and the Field Marshal," added the filmmaker.

Vicky Kaushal, who will play Sam Manekshaw in the film, said, "I personally couldn't witness his achievements, but my parents would always tell me that he was a fearless patriot with an amazing leadership quality. The first time I'd heard of him was in the context of the 1971 Indo-Pak war."

Talking about his second collaboration with Meghna Gulzar, Vicky told the daily, "Working with them feels like home. I have the utmost respect and love for who they are as filmmakers and people."

The film will go on the floors next year. "We will start shooting in 2021, which is good for all of us because it needs that much prep time as we have the Partition, accession of Kashmir and the 1971 Indo-Pak war to cover in the narrative," said Meghna Gulzar.