Captain Vikram Batra is a Kargil war hero whose supreme bravery will always be remembered in India. Movie ‘Shershaah’ tries to depict his story in an entertaining way. However, it falls short of the experience one expects from an epic war movie.
Captain Vikram Batra’s story needed to be told. However, the best movie on him has not been made yet.
The Indian Army had captured Point 5140 under his leadership. And he reported the capture of Point 5140 with a war cry – “Ye Dil Maange More”.
He did not stop with the success of capturing Point 5140, however. He himself proposed to go on the next mission of recapturing Point 4875.
He did it, and how.
Point 4875 is now known as Batra Top.
Captain Vikram Batra is a war hero that a country gets in decades and centuries.
That Bollywood thought it fit to tell his story is good. Shershaah is an entertaining movie based on Kargil War, specifically on Captain Vikram Batra’s life story.
However, there is something that remains missing.
The movie has everything, from a tinge of romance to some humour to Bollywood songs.
Yet, it does not capture the imagination the way a war movie should do. It seems the movie remains stuck halfway in telling the story of one of the greatest soldiers and military leaders that India has produced.
It is true that the director Vishnuvardhan had a challenging task before him. Telling the entire story of Kargil War and reproducing the environs and all the action on hill tops was not an easy task.
Sidharth Malhotra tries his best in the role of Vikram Batra. However, his efforts succeed only to an extent and fall too short of a captivating performance.
Most of the actors are good. Kiara Advani is good as Captain Vikram Batra’s love interest.
The script too is decent enough and the director has indeed delivered an entertaining movie.
However, it is not a movie that you would count among the best war movies.