Feature Name: Shershaah
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani
Directed By: Vishnuvardhan
OTT: Amazon Prime Video
Shershaah is an incredible true story of a PVC awardee, Kargil War hero – Capt. Vikram Batra, who shot to fame and became a household name during the Kargil War in 1999.
His indomitable spirit and his unflinching courage in chasing the Pakistani soldiers out of Indian territory. His contributed immensely to India finally winning the Kargil War in 1999.
Inspired by the true story of Vikram Batra, Shershaah’s valour is celebrated not just in his birthplace of Palampur in Himachal, but elsewhere in India.
We all know that Batra was felled by an enemy bullet during the Kargil operations, and there is an interesting line. Earlier on in the film when he tells his buddy. “I would come back either with the Indian flag or draped in it”. His words were prophetic.
The film also showcases Kargil war hero Vikram Batra and Dimple Cheema’s eternal love story was larger than life. The romance that blossomed in Chandigarh in the late ’90s was a real representation of all the aspirational fictional stories that dominated the screen at the time.
Where love was but a promise, made in a fleeting moment of togetherness. And stood the test of separation till the end of life. Their love and sacrifice always make us believe in true love and love beyond anything.
Apart from romance the film also offers high-pack action. During the India-Pakistan conflict in the summer of 1999 in Kargil. Captain Vikram Batra distinguished himself for his bravery and skill.
He gunned down four Pakistani soldiers and died while saving his comrade who was injured.
As he was trying to drag the soldier to safety by deliberately exposing himself to enemy fire, he was shot in the chest and a splinter of an RPG warhead hit him in the head.
Absorbing from two different sides of his life, I kind of built this character, which I thought would be a more realistic version of Captain Batra, because he said actual lines like, “Yeh Dil Maange More!” on the battlefield.
He was an extremely fearless yet emotional and driven person, and for me, had two different aspects to his personality. One is this lovable Punjabi boy, and the other is this very focused and direct leader when it comes to the forces.
So we tried to strike a very nice balance to showcase both sides, and hopefully, by the end of the journey, has show you a graph of how he matured.
Talking about the performances, Sidharth scope to go out of his comfort zone. Sidharth has establish him as a performer who can take on any kind of role with élan. Shershaah does places him in hitherto uncharted territory — literally — as the star says it’s the first Indian film to have been shot on Kargil war terrain.
With Kiara Advani (who plays Vikram Batra’s fiancée) starring alongside him is the perfect one to play the role do Dimple Cheema. She did complete justice to her role specially in the end see we can feel the pain of the character and her biggest sacrifice.
Shershaah is a must watch film as it celebrates the glory of Captain Vikram Batra. His life shades set us into a ride of emotions.
We can relate to that pain or losing the great warrior at our battle field. His courage and eternal love for his country and for his loved once will always be remembered.
We with all out heart give the film 3 stars. It is released on Amazon’s Prime Video streaming today.