In a recent statement at the NBT Utsav Awards 2019, the ‘Uri’ star said, "He is a true legend that this country has produced. It's an honour of the highest order for me to get an opportunity to play the part of Field Marshal Manekshaw. I am excited for that film.”
"At the moment, I am focusing on 'Sardar Udham Singh'. We will start shooting for first Field Marshal's biopic in 2021. I will try to go as close to the character as possible in terms of looks," he added.
For those uninitiated, Field Marshal Manekshaw, or Sam Bahadur as he was popularly known, was born on April 3, 1914 in Amritsar. He led the county to victory against Pakistan in the year 1971. He lived on to be a nonagenarian dying in Wellington, Tamil Nadu, on June 27, 2008.
On the film and its plot, Vicky said, "My mother and father belongs to Punjab. They closely followed the 1971 war between India and Pakistan. At that time, Indira Gandhiji and Sam Manekshaw used to deliver speeches on radio to embolden people. When I heard his story for the film, I was really blown away.”
Vicky was last seen in ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ that worked wonders on the box office. He is now working on Shoojit Sircar's ‘Sardar Udham Singh’ -- who assassinated Michael O' Dwyer, former lieutenant governor of Punjab, in revenge for Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919. Singh was tried and hanged in July 1940.
On doing patriotic films one after another, Vicky said, "When you choose a story to do a film, you don't see whether it's a patriotic film or some other kind of film. If a story connects with you then you want to be a part of it.
"It was my dream to work with Shoojit Sircar and I got an opportunity. I am glad that it's a film based on life of Udham Singh. It's a big honour at the same time a big responsibility to play this role. We are resuming shooting in October and I am excited for that process to start."
"I will try to go as close to the character as possible in terms of looks," Vicky Kaushal added on his preparation for the role.