Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: A Video Interview


July 6, 2020

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Parzor is delighted to see a new audience appreciate the great opportunity we had to record Sam’s world and life through his own words and those of his colleagues and contemporaries.

The Field Marshal’s humour and self deprecation had been misunderstood: he had been misquoted- but he was a dear friend and finally agreed to set his story down himself. So we now met him with a purpose and as he shared his remarkable life history came alive. But speaking before a camera was another story…Till the final shoot we were keeping our fingers crossed: it was the combination of Jessica Gupta , whom he had come to trust and Jehan Manekshaw, his grandson, whom he adored, which finally made the film as you see it now .

Many thanks to both of them; to all the participants, to Gen Adi Sethna, once his Staff Officer and then a friend and above all to Sam- Chef, host , animal lover, Gardener and of course India’s First Field Marshal.

Brut India:

“I don’t want to know what happened in the past. All I want to know is who are my commanders, where are the Chinese, how much ammunition have I got…”

The life and career of Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw was as illustrious as his name. Back in 2002, interviewed by his own grandson for a documentary, this is how he recounted his days of glory.
Thanks to Parzor Foundation for the footage.