Vicky Kaushal’s ‘Sam Bahadur’ Vs ‘Animal’, Nears ₹100 Crore Milestone

"Meghna Gulzar's biopic, a visual and emotional triumph, showcases steady growth, earning acclaim for Vicky Kaushal's portrayal of legendary field marshal Sam Manekshaw."

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18 December 2023, Mumbai: Vicky Kaushal’s portrayal of the legendary Indian field marshal Sam Manekshaw in “Sam Bahadur” continues to stand tall against the tide of competition on its 17th day at the box office. In the face of formidable rivals like “Animal,” the film has displayed unwavering resilience, marked by steady growth and a positive word-of-mouth campaign. Day 17 witnessed a commendable collection of ₹5.43 crore, signaling a surge in audience interest. The impending milestone of crossing the ₹100 crore mark looms large, affirming the film’s enduring appeal.

Global Impact of ‘Sam Bahadur’

Revealing the numerical pulse of the film’s success, “Sam Bahadur” has amassed a total India net collection of ₹76.78 crore. Its global influence extends further with a worldwide gross collection of ₹98.75 crore. The second weekend added ₹7.15 crore to the film’s coffers, while the estimated collection on Day 17 stands at ₹1.75 crore. The film has sustained an overall Hindi occupancy of 42.69% on Sunday, December 17, 2023, showcasing a consistent pull among audiences.

Meghna Gulzar’s Crafting ‘Sam Bahadur’s’ Narrative

Guided by the adept directorial hand of Meghna Gulzar, renowned for her acclaimed works like “Talvar” and “Raazi,” “Sam Bahadur” unfolds the life of Sam Manekshaw, the revered second Chief of the Indian Army. Set against the backdrop of the 1965 and 1971 wars, the film’s release was delayed due to production hurdles, but it has emerged as a cinematic gem. The visuals intricately capture the era and military milieu, while Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music adds emotional depth and intensity.

“Sam Bahadur” Cast

The success of “Sam Bahadur” is propelled not only by Kaushal’s commanding portrayal but also by a stellar supporting cast. Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, and Pankaj Tripathi contribute nuanced performances, enriching the narrative tapestry. Kaushal, in particular, embodies Manekshaw’s gravitas, determination, wit, and warmth with uncanny accuracy, elevating the film to a poignant and powerful cinematic experience.

The Journey to ₹100 Crores

While “Sam Bahadur” may not be a runaway box office phenomenon, it has carved its own path, crossing the ₹98 crore milestone in just two weeks. The film’s robust performance owes itself to positive reviews, impactful performances, and effective marketing strategies. The question of whether it will breach the coveted ₹100 crore mark lingers, but regardless, its enduring impact on viewers and its place in history is indisputable.

By Yashika Desai

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