Review by Lt Col SC Tyagi, Author-‘Peak to Peak’ on Kargil War
Watched film ‘Shershaah’ on Capt Vikram Batra with special interest having authored my book ‘The Kargil Victory: Battles from Peak to Peak” based on my personal experiences during Kargil war.
A well-made, action packed, inspiring and motivating movie. Vikram Batra’s School and College days, his falling in love with Dimple Cheema, joining the Army and actions against the militants in Kashmir bring up his dynamism and boldness and keep you to the edge of your seat. The latter half of the film mainly covers the two major attacks; the first at Point 5140 where his code name was “Shershaah” and success signal was “Ye Dil Maange More” and the second at Point 4875 where he displays exceptional courage and bravery and attains martyrdom that earned him the Param Veer Chakra. Battle scenes and the locations chosen are perfect and close to the real and filmed beautifully. Music is smooth and melodious.
The film is a near perfect true account but some inaccuracies like Lt Col YK Joshi being his CO in Kashmir; also offering him a cigarette (both of them were non-smokers) could have been avoided, more so to not to promote smoking. It is also a taboo to smoke in Uniform in front of the soldiers. Actions against militant Haider had preceded Lt Vikram Batra joining the battalion; nonetheless it leaves a rush of the adrenaline. Both Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani have performed their roles with perfection. Overall, it is an excellent film and a must watch biopic with war scenes and will leave goosebumps.