Sidharth Malhotra is very excited about his next Shershaah, which will soon be published on an OTT platform. The actor reveals today that there was someone who inspired him to take on the role of Captain Vikram Batra. He said the inspiration came from a meeting with Vikram’s real-life twin brother, Vishal Batra, five years ago.
Shershaah, an original war drama based on the 1999 Kargil War between India and Pakistan, tells the story of Captain Vikram Batra, who selflessly lost his life while saving a fellow soldier during a skirmish. At just 24 years old, Vikram became a symbol of the patriotism and heroism associated with India’s triumph against all odds against the Pakistani army, which took a much more advantageous position on higher ground and was able to fire on vulnerable Indian forces. . Despite this, the Indian army triumphed in claiming victory and Captain Vikram soon became the embodiment of the courage and valor shown by him and his army.
Sidharth Malhotra was only 14 years old when the Kargil War took place, yet the story of Captain Vikram’s sacrifice would continue to inspire him to spearhead efforts to release a film about his efforts for twenty years afterward. A meeting with Captain Vikram’s twin brother, Vishal Batra, was instrumental in the star’s rigorous attempts to tell a film about the Kargil War around the world. Sidharth met up with Vishal, who told him anecdotes about Captain Vikram’s incredible personality, courage, patriotism, and of course altruism, who would eventually see him lose his life for his country, something that he claimed inspired him. enormously.
“I first met Vishal Batra about five years ago, at the time with a completely different team. He and his family had reached out to me to discuss the potential of telling Vikram’s story and I must say that I was immediately emotionally captivated by the way Vishal described Vikram’s life and character: his charm, his courage, and his all-round personality. Sidharth said. . “We couldn’t make it work at the time, but it was a story that I believed needed to be told. I approached Dharma Productions and they were immediately on board and 5 years later we are very happy with the final product, “he added.
Maintaining a sense of authenticity and justice in Vikram’s story was important to Sidharth, who admits that there is always a sense of pressure when it comes to portraying the character of a national hero in a sensitive way: “Vikram and I are Punjabi and culturally Of course we have several similarities, though perhaps in regards to our appearance. I think that’s why his family sought me out to play their character. But it is one thing to possess the physical and background features and another is to accurately portray your personality. I feel like meeting Vishal helped a lot with this – the descriptions he used about his twin were amazing, it really helped me take some of his courage and strength. ”
Having formed a relationship with Vikram’s family, and his brother in particular, Sidharth was pleased to learn that they felt the film was the perfect representation of their legacy: “Making his family proud was the priority for me, not business success. We have been on this five-year journey together and it was vital that we get this right. Vishal told me that he had never envisioned his brother in the field before. battle, but now when he sees me in Shershaah, he can, ” concluded Sidharth.
Directed by Vishnuvardhan, Shershaah is inspired by the life of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) and stars Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani at the helm. The film will air from August 12.