Amazon Prime Video’s Shershaah starring Sidharth Malhotra as Captain Vikram Batra is a pure ode and celebrates the life of India’s Kargil war hero.
Shershaah is a war saga celebrating the life of India’s Kargil war hero, Vikram Batra. For those who didn’t live in those times, this movie shows you what it was like, and for those who did, this will take you down memory lane and makes you nostalgic. The story narrates the life of Vikram Batra from the perspective of his brother, Vishal Batra in a TED talk manner. Various snippets of his life are combined together to give you a build-up to the Kargil war and also give you a fair idea of how his journey had been. We see his journey from childhood to college, from his first posting as a lieutenant to him becoming captain, and then the final war.
The film tells us the story through flashbacks with Vishal’s exposition which didn’t seem necessary. Shershaah doesn’t have any unnecessary chest-thumping kind of slogans of deskhbakti which is a refreshing take on a film showcasing war. Its depiction of regular life going on and suddenly an attack comes in and disrupts it all makes you realize how the life of soldiers actually is. While the movie has one hooked throughout with its gripping war scenes and refreshing dialogues, it’s missing depth. If this film wasn’t based on the life of a real-life hero, it would have been a typical Bollywood film on the Indian army. While we can see yaaron ka yaar, Vikram in his full glory, his yaars, aka the soldiers serving with him aren’t highlighted in this one. When you see them at the end of the movie being given a tribute, it leaves you wondering why this movie didn’t capture them in their essence. And while we understand that this isn’t a story about their journey, the connection to them is missing.
Sidharth Malhotra shines as Vikram Batra with his charm. He’s portrayed as an approachable soldier full of life unlike a hefty soldier seen in most army-based films. Kiara and Sidharth’s romance as Dimple and Vikram is so touching in spite of it being a Bollywood romantic cliche. But Vishal narrating Vikram’s story does not help at all in establishing the bond between the brothers. And while the film is a nostalgic trip down memory lane it lacks depth. Overall this film is an ode to the life of Vikram Batra and can be a real joy to watch with the family. And yes the end of the film ends up breaking your heart especially with B Praak’s Man Bharya playing in the background and when you see the real face of Vikram and everyone else.
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Shershaah is inspired by the life of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) and directed by Vishnu Varadhan, written by Sandeep Shrivastava, and has Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Shiv Panditt, Nikitin Dheer, Charanjeett, Sahil Vaid, Shataf Figar, and Pawan Chopra in pivotal roles. Cinematography by Kamaljeet Negi, and edited by A. Sreekar Prasad, it’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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