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Sam Bahadur

December 1, 2023
2hr 28min
Status: released

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Sam Bahadur Movie Details:

Movie NameSam Bahadur
Original titleSAMबहादुर
Based on Life of Sam Manekshaw
Country India
Language Hindi
GenreBiographical, War, Drama
Release Date1 December 2023
Running Time2hr 28min
CastVicky Kaushal
Fatima Sana Shaikh
Sanya Malhotra
Directed by Meghna Gulzar
Written byShantanu Shrivastava
Meghna Gulzar
Produced byRonnie Screwvala
Cinematography by Jay I. Patel
Edited by Nitin Baid
Music byScore:
Ketan Sodha
Production CompanyRSVP Movies

Sam Bahadur Movie Cast and Characters:

Indian Army

  • Vicky Kaushal as Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, the 7th Chief of the Army Staff, Indian Army.
  • Bobby Arora as Major O. S. Kalkat, Indian Army.
  • Monuj Borkotoky as Major, Assam Rifles.
  • Krishnakant Singh Bundela as Subedar Gurbaksh Singh.
  • Dhanveer Singh as Lieutenant Dilsher Singh
  • Ankur Rajveer Singh as Lieutenant General Depinder Singh
  • Ujjwal Chopra as Lieutenant General Brij Mohan Kaul
  • Sudhir Singh as General. Paramasiva Prabhakar Kumaramangalam
  • Pushpadeep Singh as Brigediar Kulwant Singh
  • Jaskaran Singh Gandhi as Sepoy Mehar Singh.

Manekshaw’s family

  • Sanya Malhotra as Silloo Manekshaw, Manekshaw’s spouse.
  • Rajiv Kachroo as Hormusji Manekshaw, Manekshaw’s father.
  • Prajesh Kashyap as Haji Iftikhar, Manekshaw’s friend at the Indian Military Academy.

Government of India

  • Neeraj Kabi as Jawaharlal Nehru, the 1st Prime Minister of India.
  • Govind Namdev as Vallabhbhai Patel, the 1st Deputy Prime Minister of India.
  • Fatima Sana Shaikh as Indira Gandhi, the 3rd Prime Minister of India.
  • Aanjjan Srivastav as Yashwantrao Chavan, the 8th Minister of Defence.
  • Atul Kale as K. B. Lall, Defence Secretary.
  • Elango Kumaravel as V. K. Krishna Menon, the 7th Minister of Defence.
  • Vivek Bahl as Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the 2nd President of India
  • Sanjay Roy as Zakir Husain, the 3rd President of India
  • Varun Narang as Sheikh Abdullah

Pakistan Army

  • Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Gen. Yahya Khan, the 3rd President of Pakistan and the 5th Commander-in-Chief of the Pakistan Army.
  • Manish Bomba as Gen. Abdul Hamid Khan, Chief of Staff, Pakistan Army.
  • Upen Chauhan as Lt. Gen. Tikka Khan, Governor of East Pakistan.
  • Rohan Verma as Capt. (later Lt. Gen.) Attiqur Rahman, Manekshaw’s friend and later Governor of West Pakistan.

British Raj

  • Edward Sonnenblick as Lord Louis Mountbatten, Governor-General of India.
  • Paul O’Neill as Maj. Gen. David Cowan, Commander 17th Infantry Division. British Indian Army.
  • Richard Maddison as Lt. Col. Donnie Edward, British Indian Army.
  • Sammy Jonas Heaney as Capt. McLaren, British Indian Army.
  • Ed Robinson as Lt. D.A.D. Eykyn, British Indian Army.

United States Department of State

  • Jeffrey Goldberg as Henry Kissinger, United States Secretary of State.
  • Richard Bhakti Klein as Kenneth Keating, United States Ambassador to India

Imperial Japanese Army

  • Keiichi Ando, officer, IJA.
  • Keita Arai, officer, IJA.
  • Naiyo Ishida, officer, IJA.


Samबहादुर is a tribute to Field Marshal Sam HFJ Manekshaw, MC, India’s first Field Marshal and a legendary Army General. His career witnessed the shaping of India’s geopolitical borders, and his life was marked by significant milestones, from fighting in World War II to being the Chief of Army Staff during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, that led to the creation of Bangladesh.

Sam Bahadur Movie Box Office Collection & Budget:

Budget₹55 crore
Opening day₹6.25 crore
Domestic collection₹110.68 crore (US$14 million)
Overseas collection₹17.48 crore (US$2.2 million)
Worldwide collection₹128.16 crore (US$16 million)

About Sam Bahadur Movie:

Sam Bahadur (SAMबहादुर) is a Hindi biographical war drama film based on the life of India’s first field marshal, Sam Manekshaw. It is directed by Meghna Gulzar who co-wrote with Bhavani Iyer and Shantanu Srivastava. Produced by Ronnie Screwvala, under the banner of RSVP Movies. It stars Vicky Kaushal in the title role, alongside Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Neeraj Kabi, Edward Sonnenblick and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub.

In 2017 Meghna Gulzar narrated the story of the biopic on Sam Manekshaw on the sets of Raazi which she planned to make her next film. Kaushal impressed by the idea decided that he would play the character. She then went for years of extensive research and writing collaborating with Bhavani Iyer and Shantanu Srivastava, and also meeting with family members of Sam Manekshaw.

The film marks the second collaboration between Gulzar and Kaushal. In 2021, the film was announced by RSVP Movies on the 107th birth anniversary of the late Sam Manekshaw.

In December 2021, Shaikh and Malhotra joined the cast, marking their second collaboration after their debut film, Dangal. Kabi joined the cast in September 2022 to portray the role of Jawaharlal Nehru marking his second collaboration with Gulzar after Talvar.

Kaushal has gone through extensive training in the army under the guidance of the Indian Army’s 6 Sikh Regiment in preparing for his role. Kaushal in an interview with Film Companion revealed that the character would be his toughest onscreen role to date. The film will not have junior artists instead, real-life army personnel and people from the Defence Force have been cast.

The Principal photography commenced on 8 August 2022. The film was shot over two years in 13 locations in India covering four decades of the life of Sam Manekshaw. Filming took place in Mumbai, Pune, Jodhpur, Pataudi, Chandigarh, Ooty, Coonoor, Dehradun, Kolkata, Patiala, Srinagar, Pahalgam, and Delhi. The team wrapped on 14 March 2023.

The first teaser was unveiled on 1 December 2022. On 13 October 2023, the official teaser was released by the RSVP production.

The film was theatrically released on 1 December 2023, clashing with Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal. The film premiered on OTT platform ZEE5 on 26 January 2024.