Filmmaker Ronnie Screwvala join hands with Meghna Gulzar for Manekshaw

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Published by Vijay Singh on 07 Jun 2018

Renowned movie makers Ronnie Screwvala and Meghna Gulzar have joined hands to bring out the tale of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.

Sam Manekshaw was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army when the Indo-Pakistan battle took place in the year 1971.

Meghna Gulzar is again prepared to direct her new project, the biographical movie on Sam Manekshaw, who was the first Indian Army official to get promoted to the position of Field Marshal.

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Sam Manekshaw spent four decades in his military profession and he becomes a major part of five wars.

When questioned Meghna about this, she answered,  “It’s bitter-sweet, moving from one film to the next, but it’s always a pleasure to tell a story that has grabbed your attention instinctively. The life that the Field Martial has lived is vast and rich so it’s quite daunting to be able to do justice to it in two hours on celluloid. Ronnie approached me sometime in 2015 saying that he wanted to work with me and I felt flattered because I look up to his work. We didn’t even have a subject back them but over conversations, the idea of a film on Sam Manekshaw came up. I leaped at the idea.”

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The flick is in the early phases of writing whilst investigation has been going on for a year as it’s a comprehensive topic.

In addition, Meghna will also be meeting Manekshaw’s daughter and grandkids in the coming time to know more about the superhero of our country.

“I’m also happy to be teaming up with my Raazi cowriter Bhavani Iyer again along with another bright new writer, Shantanu Srivastava,” she adds.

Filmmaker Ronnie Screwvala is really thrilled about the project.

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“I have always felt that India lacks role models. When it came to Sam Manekshaw, it’s a story that must be told and it’s not only about him being India’s first and only field marshal or being at the forefront of the wars we fought against Pakistan, but also about it being an inspirational story. I an also related to the Manekshaws from my wife’s (Zarina Mehta) side. Meghna and I were talking about how I loved what she did with Talvar when we got Sam Manekshaw’s story on the table. It took her a few seconds to say that it is what she would like to do after Raazi,” Ronnie stated.

While talking about his proposals for the project, the movie maker stated, “In the next three months we should have our script ready. The movie needs at least six months of prep. When we go on the floors also depends on the lead actors and their dates. The character obviously ages through a certain time and he is as smart and disciplined as he is mischievous.”

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