Movie Review: Shershaah
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Type: Action, Biography, Drama
Release Year: 2021
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani
Duration: 2 hrs 15 mins
Where to Watch: Prime video
Shershaah is based on the life and valor of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra. The movie takes us through the journey of Vikram's early life and his eventual entry into the Indian Army. The war hero led his battalion towards capturing the last bunker on the strategically located point 4875. This turned out to be a huge moment in the Kargil War against Pakistan. A must-watch movie for everyone from all walks of life.
Based on the life and the journey of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra, Shershaah begins with his early childhood days in the beautiful Palampur. The movie slowly moves ahead with the timeline focusing on the beautiful and young Vikram in his Punjab University days. It was there where he was studying MA English, Vikram meets his love of life Dimple Cheema. Both fall in love with each other. While Vikram focuses on his dream of becoming an Indian Army officer. The story keeps on moving back and forth in various timelines throughout the movie. Lieutenant Vikram Batra is posted in Sopore, which is located in the Baramulla district.
From here on the real challenges start for Vikram who indulges in various army-related operations. Everyone is shocked by the attitude of Vikram, who is full of life and a bit notorious on positive terms. He wins the hearts and minds of his fellow army men as well as his seniors. Such was the attitude of Captain Saab. But after some time, the nefarious Pakistani army starts climbing and capturing Indian territory at the behest of Pakistani general Pervez Musharraf. As the tensions reach the boiling point, both the armies head into a War which came to be known as the Kargil War. From here on starts the courage of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra. Captain Saab leads his battalion towards capturing key points in the high mountainous regions of Kargil.
Sidharth Malhotra delivers his best performance ever. Shershaah will be remembered for two reasons - one being Captain Vikram Batra and the second, being Sidharth Malhotra. The latter also fits perfectly with the aura of an army man. The dialogue delivery, chemistry with Kiara Advani, and everything click perfectly for him. Sidharth Malhotra worked five years for this movie and the hard work is clearly there for everyone to see. Career revival for Sidharth? I think so.
Screenplay, VFX, and Music - all are up to the mark in Sheershah. The VFX and Screenplay is always a huge problem in war-related movies but not this one. The Red Chillies and Dharma have done a good job. The effects are more real looking than fake. Also, the locations are perfectly chosen for the overall screenplay.
Most importantly the story is just told the way it needs to be. No over-the-top drama or anything. The message and the very soul of this movie are perfectly brought to the audience. We as citizens can only be ever grateful for the sacrifices made by our heroes. Captain Vikram Batra Amar Rahe.
Though the movie is not over the top 99.9% of the time, the little bit of Punjabi interaction between Sidharth and Kiara Advani was the only negative I could really point out. Kiara is clearly not familiar with the language and her dialogue delivery seems a little bit over the top.
Shershaah is a beautifully made and delivered movie. It certainly needs to be watched for the valor it presents through the story of Shaheed Captain Vikram Batra.
Ratings - 4.5/5
By Akash Vaishnav (Suggest Nest)