In a world often clouded by the glitz and glamour of fictional superheroes, Anand Mahindra, the venerable chairman of the Mahindra Group, turns the spotlight on real heroes etched in the annals of Indian history. His recent praise for ‘Sam Bahadur,’ a film based on the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, India’s military icon, is not just a movie review but a clarion call to recognize and celebrate authentic Indian heroes.
What did Mahindra say? Mahindra emphasizes the profound impact cinema has in creating a “powerful virtuous cycle” – a cycle where stories of valour and leadership leap off the pages of history books onto the silver screen, inspiring generations.
He articulates how narratives about soldiers and their unparalleled bravery not only swell national pride but also kindle the flames of heroism in ordinary citizens. It’s about the power of storytelling to shape a nation's self-image, to transform viewers into participants in a shared, proud history.
A nod from the M&M Group Chairman: In his tweet, Mahindra nods to Hollywood’s century-long tradition of honouring its heroes and commends Indian filmmaker Ronnie Screwvala for following suit. Screwvala’s portrayal of Manekshaw, affectionately known as ‘Sam Bahadur’, pays tribute to an individual who not only played a pivotal role in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War but also set an unparalleled standard of leadership and courage.
Actor Vicky Kaushal's transformation into Sam Bahadur, as Mahindra notes, is more than just cinematic excellence; it’s a resurrection of a national hero, an embodiment of the spirit of Indian valour. Mahindra's encouragement to watch the film transcends mere cinematic appreciation; it’s an invitation to witness and cheer for a chapter of Indian history that continues to inspire.
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