Meghna Gulzar made the announcement on the occasion of her birthday.
Last Updated: 07.31 AM, Dec 13, 2021
The Vicky Kaushal-starrer Sam Bahadur has got its two leading ladies. Meghna Gulzar, who is directing the biopic based on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, has roped in Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra for the film. The Thugs of Hindostan actor will be seen playing the role of the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. While Sanya will be seen as Sam's wife, Silloo Manekshaw.
Meghna shared a photo posing with Vicky, Fatima, and Sanya, in which all are seen dressed in white. The filmmaker wrote, "50 years ago, this week, India triumphed in the historic 1971 war. Another reason it is also special for us is that we welcome @sanyamalhotra_ as Silloo Manekshaw and @fatimasanashaikh as Smt. Indira Gandhi to our #Samबहादुर family! I am eager to experience this very special journey! @vickykaushal09 @ronnie.screwvala @rsvpmovies."
Earlier, regarding Fatima being a part of Sam Bahadur, a source had told Pinkvilla that she was approached to play a pivotal role in the film, and she jumped at the chance. The producers and the actress are currently in preliminary discussions, and the conversation should be formalized soon. The source further said that the pre-production work on the film is underway, with the film set to begin production early next year.
As for Sanya, a source told the entertainment portal that the actor's role is crucial to the script, and she has enjoyed playing it. The creators have reached an advanced stage in their discussions.
Earlier, in a statement, Vicky had spoken about playing Manekshaw on screen. The National Award-winning actor revealed that he had always heard stories about Sam Bahadur from his Punjabi parents, who lived through the 1971 war, but when he read the script, he was completely blown away. The actor called Manekshaw a hero and patriot who is remembered and loved to this day, and Vicky is determined to capture his spirit in the film.