It was always my conscious choice to not let go of good scripts that come my way: Vicky Kaushal

Asha Bajaj
5 min readNov 18, 2023
Biopic. Image by Avishek Mitra/IBNS

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IBNS: Bollywood actor Vicky Kaushal, who has featured in a number of patriotic films over the years, reunited with filmmaker Meghna Gulzar five years after Raazi to play Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during the 1971 Indo-Pak War, in upcoming film Sam Bahadur. IBNS correspondent Souvik Ghosh catches up with the actor during the Kolkata leg of the film’s promotion.

Q. Katrina Kaif (Bollywood superstar and Vicky Kaushal’s wife) in an interview had called your style of preparation “effortless”. Does that “effortless” process help you in pulling off these giant characters like Sam Manekshaw that you play?

A. I don’t know whether it’s effortless or not. I am very happy to know that she feels it is ‘effortless’. But there is a lot of effort from the team and the preparation for every role is different. Every film is different. For Sam Bahadur, there was a lot of research that went behind. In Uri (Uri: The Surgical Strike), the preparation was more physical because it was an operation based film. In Sam Bahadur, the film was about an official from Second Lieutenant to Field Marshal. He has played every rank in the Army. So an actor needed to know the duties in every rank, what kind of life he had since it was a biopic. So I had to research his way of walking and talking which I had to stick to.

Q. Could you elaborate on your preparation for the role?

A. When I watched the interviews of Sam sir, I realised no one could see me when I was trying to perform because he had a different way of walking and talking. Of course, his inherent swag and charisma were so unique, special and rare that we had to literally get that heart of Sam right. For that, I had to empty my own vessel and start from scratch. It was like a complete blank page. We watched his interviews, read books on him and met his family members. Meghna (Meghna Gulzar) had done some incredible research for years by the time I was on board…

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Asha Bajaj

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