Speaking to ETimes, Parvezsaid, “We tried to keep the action and war scenes as real as possible keeping the actors alive.I have not seen a lady director who goes as much in detail as Meghna Gulzar ma’am does. We designed action according to her vision and we think that we have done a good job.”
He further added, “We watched a few videos to get references to warfare during the 1971 war. But we designed the action according to Meghna ma’am’s vision and our sensibilities. We followed her research to design action.”
Talking about Vicky’s dedication and preparation for his role, Parvez said, “Vicky has put his heart and soul into the film. He has done his action himself whether it was getting hit by a bullet, boxing, etc. He did a lot of hard work. He underwent rigorous training for his boxing sequence, high jump, and hurdle jump. In the scene where Sam Manekshaw gets hit by bullets, retakes were happening because of our timing. But Vicky never complained although we made him do that scene 7-8 times.”
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He also revealed that they shot the Bangladesh sequences with the local crowd by getting them together and training them. For the Mukti Bahini sequence also, they tried to keep it as real as possible.
“We used stunt artist only where there was danger. Otherwise, we shot with real people. We got about 100-150 people for the sequences shot in West Bengal and Delhi,” Parvez concluded.
Sam Bahadur is based on the life of India’s first Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. His career in the army spanned over four decades and five wars. He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal and he lead the victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, which led to the creation of Bangladesh.
In his military career, Manekshaw played a crucial role in the Indo-Pak War of 1947 and the Hyderabad crises of 1948. Manekshaw then led the Indian Army and came out victorious in the Indo-Pak war of 1971.
The film also stars Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra in prominent roles. It marks Vicky’s second collaboration with Meghna Gulazar after Raazi.