Sam Bahadur

2023 [HINDI]

Biography / Drama / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 40% · 15 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 93% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 8.0/10 10 10574 10.6K

Plot summary

Based on the life of Sam Manekshaw, who was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971, and the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of field marshal.

January 31, 2024 at 11:04 AM


Meghna Gulzar

Top cast

Fatima Sana Shaikh as Indira Gandhi
Sanya Malhotra as Silloo Manekshaw
Kalki Koechlin as
Vicky Kaushal as Sam Manekshaw
1.34 GB
Hindi 2.0
60 fps
2 hr 28 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by adigairola-37880 10 / 10

Beautiful cinematic experience. Just wow

I can't remember the last time I wrote a review on IMDb, but here I am compelled to share my insights. I got into this movie purely for my love and respect for the Indian army (or military, in general). Also, the fact that it stars Vicky Kaushal, who was brilliant as Sardar Udham and in Uri. And god, did I enjoy this? In simple words, it's an excellent movie shot wonderfully and the team at work captures elements quite exceptionally. This isn't your typical Bollywood drama. There aren't any high-octane action sequences, and neither are there any songs that could pull audiences. It's a slow-paced narration of the life of Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw. It started in the early 1930s and ended after the liberation of Bangladesh. I just loved every bit of it. The direction, acting, cinematography, locations (highlight) and background music. It's a delicious tale of our legend and Vicky Kaushal got into the skin of character quite easily here. He has lost his weight here, the way he walks and speaks, everything reminds us of Sam Manekshaw. He is brilliant. Every else in the cast gave it their best shot. Nothing felt out of place to me. I also appreciate Meghna Gulzaar for her sincere direction and for not getting seduced by propaganda. Every Indian should watch it. Jai hind.

Reviewed by amar_deshmukh 7 / 10

Forty years and five wars, too much for a movie.

7.5 Stars.

Although I like the movie, it could have been much better if it was series.

Sam Manekshaw's life is too long and filled with too many experiences to fit into a movie.a lot is crammed still missed a lot.

The ensemble is excellent, especially "Vicky" in the role of "Sam". Not for once, I have the impression that I was watching Vicky the entire time, Sam was the only character I was seeing.

He picked the physical traits as well as commanding yet smooth speaking style. He is a chameleon.

Supporting cast is hit and miss.

The entire set design is excellent, and the raw mood is enhanced by filming conflict scenes in actual locations.

The movie moves quickly between scenes, but Sam's flamboyant, cheeky personality is the only thing that keeps you interested.

As expected from a Meghna Gulzar film, the direction is excellent. However, the screenplay and writing don't do the other supporting characters justice because they have very little on-screen time.

In production design, research and detailing are used to create sets, costumes, and makeup that are entirely visible on screen.

Good songs and music, especially Badhte Chalo, which aptly captures the togetherness of the Indian Army despite its different regiments.

Sam and the system had a fight when he retired, and it was an important aspect of his life that I wanted to see.

Although there is more to the tale, it is still a fantastic film that should be seen.

Reviewed by abhyuday-tandon 7 / 10

Great acting, poor writing. Felt like a documentary.

The movie does well to portray the Field Marshal's life and everything he went through. The acting by Vicky Kaushal is top-notch, he perfectly embodies the character. However, the movie left me disappointed because it felt very shallow. It's as if the writers wanted so badly to cover everything that they ended up covering nothing. At no point does the movie feel intense or engaging at all. The 1971 war between India and Pakistan is a major moment in history and the Indian victory was largely because of Sam Manekshaw. For some reason such a crucial war sequence is completed within 7-8 minutes of screentime like it wasn't the character's most important contribution. Also, Indira Gandhi is portrayed as a feeble tiny woman in the movie with the representation nowhere close to the stature she had. Filmmakers in general need to stop chasing petty laughs and comedic reliefs. I want to be thrown at the edge of my seat when i pay for your movie, I don't want to hear low-effort jokes made by the protagonist's house help. Overall the movie is definitely worth a watch but its wasted potential is what frustrated me.

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1 Comment

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avipowerbank January 31, 2024 at 12:04 pm

A true gem,one of the best movie,based on true story, with best actors like vicky kaushal ,thank you freeman.