The Indian cricket team will have a special motivation when they take on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15. The team will be greeted by the powerful anthem ‘Badhte Chalo’ from the upcoming biopic Sam Bahadur, based on the life of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, India’s first five-star general.
Badhte Chalo anthem from Sam Bahadur
The song showcases Sam Manekshaw as he leads his troops in various battles and operations. The song starts with a dialogue, “Wars padhna mera kaam hai aur unhe jeetna bhi” as he motivates his army men and prepares them for the war.
The anthem, which features every historical war cry woven from diverse regiments of the Indian Army, is a remarkable creation by the legendary lyricist Gulzar Saab. The song is sung by the dynamic trio of Shankar Mahadevan, Vishal Dadlani, and Divya Kumar, with music composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy. The song also showcases the real soldiers as the entire cast, ensuring authenticity and a heartfelt portrayal of the theme of valor.
The song not only captures the essence of battle cries but also pays homage to the unsung heroes who form an integral part of the nation’s defense. The song is expected to boost the morale of the Indian cricket team, who have been unbeaten in the tournament so far, winning all their nine group matches, including a thrilling last-over victory against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The anthem ‘Badhte Chalo’ from Sam Bahadur was released on November 13, a day after Diwali, as a gift to the fans and the Army personnel.
Sam Bahadur, which stars Vicky Kaushal in the titular role, is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The film is produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP and Boney Kapoor’s Bayview Projects. The film is slated to release on December 1, 2023, clashing with Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal.
India vs New Zealand semi-final match
The Indian cricket team, led by captain Rohit Sharma, will be hoping to emulate Sam Manekshaw’s leadership and courage as they face the Kiwis in the semi-final. The team has been in sublime form, winning all their nine group matches, including a thrilling last-over victory against arch-rivals Pakistan. The team will also have the home advantage, as the Wankhede Stadium is expected to be packed with cheering fans.
The New Zealand team, on the other hand, has had a mixed performance, losing three matches and winning six. The team, led by Kane Williamson, has some of the best players in the world, such as Trent Boult. The team will also have the confidence of having beaten India in the semi-final of the previous World Cup in 2019.
The semi-final clash between India and New Zealand promises to be a thrilling contest, as both teams have the potential to lift the coveted trophy. The fans will also be treated to the inspiring anthem ‘Badhte Chalo’ from Sam Bahadur, which will surely add to the excitement and emotion of the match.
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