3.5 / 5
In 1999, Pakistan started a series of skirmishes that resulted in a full-blown war between India and Pakistan. It started on May 3, 1999 and ended on July 26, 1999. Pakistani troops occupied the highest ground during the conflict, but our brave soldiers were able to destroy each and every enemy bunker and regain all positions, putting End the conflict with a decisive decision. victory. Some of them paid the highest price to obtain the goal and one of those brave hearts was Captain Vikram Batra, who was posthumously awarded India’s highest military honor, the Param Veer Chakra, for his courage displayed during capture. from a vital position, Point. 4875. It was later named Batra Top in his honor. Captain Batra’s story was briefly mentioned in JP Dutta’s tribute to the Kargil war, LOC: Kargil (2003). He was already famous before that, thanks to an interview by Barkha Dutt. His battle cry, Yeh Dil Maange More, stirred the nation’s imagination. All teenagers back then wanted to join the military for that.
Captain Batra was a huge figure and his story has been faithfully reconstructed in Shershaah, which alludes to his code name in the army. Writer Sandeep Srivastava and director Vishnuvardhan have recreated key elements from the life of the brave officer. His fiancée, Dimple Cheema, was his emotional anchor and decided to remain single after his death. They were together only for a brief period during the four years they knew each other, but they were fiercely devoted to each other. The movie makes sure that Dimple’s sacrifice is also known. Their love story is a simmering, old-fashioned romance that feels real. Dimple rebelled against his family to be with Vikram and remained true to his convictions even after his death. The creators have not gone overboard with melodrama in depicting their relationship and it offers the right kind of balance to the action scenes depicted in the film.
The film is narrated by Vikram’s twin brother Vishal, who is also played by Sidharth Malhotra. Vishal is a banker by profession and also became a motivational speaker after his brother’s death. Vikram is shown to be a tenacious boy from his childhood. He grows up idolizing the army and then realizes his dream, fainting as a lieutenant in 1997 he gets a commission in the 13th Battalion, Jammu and Kashmir Rifles (13 JAK RIF). He has proven to be a young and popular officer, who mixes easily with the locals and believes in winning their hearts and minds as an effective tool against terrorism. He narrowly survives an ambush and then successfully pursues a high-ranking commander. He returns home from vacation just before Kargil starts and voluntarily returns to the front to be with his unit. He is successful in capturing Point 5140 and is promoted to the rank of Captain for his bravery. He was ordered to rest and recover after the successful operation, but instead volunteers to lead the operation to capture the crucial Point 4875. Not caring for his own safety, he helps rescue two colleagues. He then leads the final offensive against the enemy bunker, despite being seriously wounded by an enemy sniper and succeeds in his goal in the end.
The scenes depicted in the film may seem exaggerated, but if one reads the army dispatches on Vikram Batra, one realizes that they happened more or less along the same lines as they are shown in the film. Some people are born warriors and Captain Batra was one of those people. He was a staunch patriot and died defending his country with a smile on his face.
Soldiers live by their own male code. They are a band of brothers who take care of each other in difficult conditions and the bullet that takes the life of a friend has an impact on those who are left alive. They are not mere killing machines, but have a life beyond their posts. But what distinguishes them is their total dedication to work, their devotion to their homeland. Vishnuvardhan has managed to capture the essence of all this impressively. The movie also has technical finesse, with the well-researched combat scenes bringing the war right into your living room. The CGI is spot on, as are the action sequences. Congratulations to cinematographer Kamaljeet Negi for bringing the raw beauty of war to life and editor A Sreekar Prasad for his skillful scissor work. He has made sure the movie flows at an even pace, which is so essential for an action actor.
It is Sidharth Malhotra’s best performance to date, who looks like Dharmendra from Haqeeqat in the movie. His honest face symbolizes the purity of a young soldier at a T. He has managed to capture all the nuances of Vikram Batra’s personality and looks perfect in every painting. The infatuation he feels for the character of Kiara is overwhelming and so is the naivety he shows as a rookie. Later, the battle-hardened warrior also shines. She supports her character throughout the movie and wants her to have a happy ending, even when she knows it won’t be possible. Kirara Advani also shines in her portrayal of Dimple Cheema. She makes sure to convey both Dimple’s strength and vulnerability. The last scene where he collapses is sure to throw a lump in your throat. It’s another good performance from Kiara, who progresses as an actor with every movie. Shiv Pandit, Sahil Vaid, Nikitin Dheet and others have done their job well too.
Shershaah is unlike anything Dharma Productions has ever done. It is a movie made to be enjoyed on the big screen. It has a blockbuster written all over it and its blockbuster would have convinced Dharma to experiment more in terms of genres. Hopefully, they would still do that. One is sorry for Sidharth Malhotra in particular in the sense that his best work so far failed to have a theatrical release. Captain Batra was an example to all of us and congratulations to the creators for doing justice to his extraordinary life …
Ronak Kotecha, Aug 12, 2021, 11:30 am IST
3.0 / 5
HISTORY: ‘Shershaah’ chronicles the events in the run-up to the Kargil war and the role of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC), whose indomitable spirit and incomparable courage contributed greatly to India’s victory.
REVISION: The Kargil conflict: the toughest mountain war in history. Fought at a dizzying altitude of 17,000 feet, this historic war had a lot at stake. Pakistani troops had infiltrated the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC), disguised as Kashmiri militants. The skirmishes quickly turned into a full-blown war that also marked a soldier’s journey from lieutenant to captain in his utter recklessness and patriotic spirit to deploy the tricolor at the height of the conflict. Even if it meant giving his own life for the cause.
But before we get there, director Vishnu Varadhan and his writer Sandeep Srivastava take it easy. So we are taken straight to a sequence from Captain Vikram Batra’s (Sidharth Malhotra) childhood and shown his growing years, meeting the love of his life, Dimple Cheema (Kiara Advani), before he is finally sent to the 13 JAK Rifles as a Lieutenant. While this build represents the character’s journey, it doesn’t make it so clearly to deserve so much screen time. In fact, most of the time, the Kiara Advani track, and the romantic songs that feature it, feel like a distraction from the heavy topic at hand. This also affects the pacing of the film which suffers from a slow first half.
Of course, Director Vishnu Varadhan had the gigantic task of doing justice to the wealth of data and milestones from the Kargil war, but most of it is covered in the second half. Sidharth Malhotra shines in war scenes and his performance evolves throughout the film. His serious efforts to recreate his character’s larger-than-life personality aura are shown on screen and this is one of his best performances. Kiara Advani seems like a determined Sardarni, who loves her man with all her heart. But she doesn’t have much leeway to act.
Shiv Panditt is very well cast to play Captain Sanjeev Jamwal, who is tough on the outside, but emotional on the inside. Nikitin Dheer is impressive as the jolly Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia and so is Shataf Figar as the outspoken Colonel Yogesh Kumar Joshi. Together these men form a capable team that you will support at all times. Among the many other character actors, there are also some stereotypes and clichés, especially on the Pakistani side.
The general tone of the film is obviously high on patriotism. Many combat scenes do not reflect the large canvas the film is set on, perhaps more deserving of a big screen experience. However, as an industry, Bollywood has rarely produced epic war movies that have been critically and commercially acclaimed. By those standards, ‘Shershaah’ ranks higher than most recent war dramas and tells an inspiring story that needs to be told.
The source material for this film is so strong that it will surely catch you once the men in uniform take it upon themselves to drive out the enemy and reclaim our land. Shershaah’s greatest victory is her effort to recreate one of the most important chapters in our recent history with characters, leading the way to a thrilling climax.