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How is Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur different from Raazi? Meghna Gulzar opens up

Meghna Gulzar has opened up about her upcoming film, Sam Bahadur. The filmmaker revealed how it is different from her 2018 movie Raazi.

How is Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur different from Raazi? Meghna Gulzar opens up
Meghna Gulzar, Vicky Kaushal and Alia Bhatt. (Courtesy: IMDb)

Last Updated: 11.56 AM, Nov 29, 2023


Meghna Gulzar's 2018 film, Raazi, was successful at the box office. Starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal, the movie earned critical acclaim as well. Five years down the line, the filmmaker reunited with Vicky for Sam Bahadur. Kaushal will be seen playing the titular role in the film. Ahead of its theatrical release, Meghna has revealed how Sam Bahadur is different from Raazi.

Meghna Gulzar on Sam Bahadur vs Raazi

In an interview with The Indian Express, Meghna Gulzar spoke about the difference between Sam Bahadur and Raazi.


The filmmaker said, "I had a lot of empathy for Sehmat. There is a lot of grey in her. With Sam (Manekshaw), there is no scope for villainising anybody. It’s not that story and he is not that man. He didn’t do it in his lifetime and I can’t do it in his film."

Gulzar further mentioned that Sam defended his country without demonizing the enemy. Revealing how Manekshaw treated his enemies, Meghna added, "He treated them with humanity and respect that a soldier merits."

About Sam Bahadur

Helmed by Meghna, the film also stars Sanya Malhotra and Fatima Sana Shaikh. The period drama is based on the life of Sam Manekshaw, who was the Chief of army staff of the Indian Army at the time of the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. Produced by Ronni Screwvala, the film is scheduled for a theatrical release on December 1, 2023.

Meghna Gulzar's last directorial venture

Meanwhile, Meghna Gulzar's last directorial film was Chhapaak. The movie featured Deepika Padukone in the lead role. Also starring Vikrant Massey, the movie was based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. Unfortunately, it failed to work wonders at the box office in 2020.

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