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Box Office Glory: Vicky Kaushal’s ‘Sam Bahadur’ Triumphs in Cinematic Valor Day-9

Box Office Triumph: Vicky Kaushal’s ‘Sam Bahadur’ Continues Cinematic Valor on Day 9

Sam Bahadur
Sam Bahadur

The Bollywood biopic ‘Sam Bahadur’ has left a considerable mark on the Box Office scene. Vicky Kaushal’s film, released on December 1, has successfully garnered an impressive net collection of Rs. 49.87 crore in India alone. Globally, the film has amassed a noteworthy Rs. 58 crore, with Rs. 8 crore contributed by overseas markets and ₹50 crore from India with IMDB rating of 8.3.

The opening week demonstrated strength, with collections reaching Rs. 38.8 crore. Unlike the usual drop in collections after the initial weekend, the movie maintained a steady pace into its second week. The second Friday witnessed a collection of

Rs. 3.5 crore, reflecting a 16.67% increase from the previous day. The momentum continued on the second Saturday, with a substantial jump to ₹6.75 crore.

“Valor Unleashed: The Triumph of ‘Sam Bahadur’ at the Box Office and Beyond

The narrative revolves around the life of Army Chief Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw, portrayed by Vicky Kaushal, and his well-deserved title of ‘Sam Bahadur’ bestowed upon him by an army officer in the Gorkha Regiment of the 8th Gorkha Rifles. Having served in the army even prior to the partition during World War 2, Manekshaw played significant roles in the Sino-Indian War (1962), the Indo-Pak War of 1965, and the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971.

The storyline delves into the profound relationship between Sam and the then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi (Fatima Sana Shaikh). It captures moments where Sam, ever the dedicated soldier, would respond to her inquiry about readiness for war with Pakistan by saying, “I am always ready, sweetie.” The narrative unfolds the journey of a man who remained a soldier first, above all else.

‘Sam Bahadur,’ the biopic portraying Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, renowned as India’s greatest soldier, had a promising start, earning Rs. 6.25 crore on its first day. The weekend brought a notable surge, collecting Rs. 9 crore and Rs. 10.3 crore on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Despite a significant drop on the first Monday, the film’s collections stabilized over the weekdays, indicating sustained audience interest.

A point of comparison arises with ‘Animal’ at the Box Office, another movie released on the same day. While ‘Sam Bahadur’ turned profitable with a production cost of ₹55 crore, ‘Animal,’ directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga and starring Ranbir Kapoor, has achieved a remarkable ₹600 crore, making it Ranbir Kapoor’s most successful movie, surpassing ‘Sanju’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani, which minted ₹588.50 crore.

As of December 8, 2023, Vicky Kaushal’s ‘Sam Bahadur’ has accumulated an impressive ₹53.8 crore in global collections within its first eight days at the box office. The movie, starting with a modest ₹6.25 crore on its opening day, saw a significant 44% rise in collections on the second day, reaching a net collection of ₹9 crore.

In a time where jingoistic narratives often dominate, ‘Sam Bahadur’ stands out as a tale of true valor, portraying the exploits of India’s beloved war general, Sam Manekshaw. Director Meghna Gulzar, known for her work in ‘Talvar’ (2015) and ‘Raazi’ (2019), presents a straightforward and admiring biopic of a military strategist unafraid to speak truth to power.

The film critiques the relationship between politicians and the military, highlighting a time when combat soldiers were assigned construction jobs. It sheds light on Jawaharlal Nehru’s emotional approach affecting political will in matters of war and peace with neighboring countries.

While Fatima Sana Sheikh’s performance is inconsistent, the film effectively captures the chemistry between the feisty yet insecure Indira Gandhi and the resolute Sam (Vicky Kaushal). The film also touches on the division of gentlemen cadets based on religion and portrays historical events with gripping battle scenes that feel authentic.

Vicky Kaushal impressively embodies the spirit of Sam, avoiding caricature and infusing the character with charm and determination. The film, beyond its occasional screenplay flatness, maintains its mission course, with Vicky Kaushal doing the heavy lifting to keep the narrative engaging.

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