The Kargil war took place 22 years ago. Captain Vikram Batra, who heroically battled for the motherland and was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, is the subject of Shershaah.
Now, if we were told the storey of a young man who grew up wanting to join the Army and is so fearless that he charges towards the enemies without a second’s thought for his own safety, a guy so dramatic that when his girlfriend feels insecure, he cuts his finger with a blade and fills her maang with his own blood, we might be tempted to dismiss it as ‘filmy’ and unreal.
So director Vishnu Vardhan and screenwriter Sandeep Srivastava mostly remain faithful to the material available.
For example, we have a scene where Bhai is talking about Captain Batra and everything he says is from Vishal Batra’s actual speech which one can watch on YouTube.
There is also a scene in Shershaah where a TV journalist is interviewing Vikram Batra and he utters his famous line “Yeh dil maange more”.
So while all the drama and action make it a natural fit for a mainstream Bollywood film, it is also what makes the film around it challenging.
We know how the legend of Captain Batra progresses, so how does one ensure that the audience doesn’t feel like the same facts are re-emerging on the screen.
It is difficult to show a person’s entire life in 2 hours but Sher Shah tries hard. From Vikram’s childhood to his budding college romance – everything is packed into the film.
The problem is for about half the period we sit in anticipation and can’t really get hold of anything to hold us back.
Kiara, whose character is based on Dimple Cheema and Sidharth Malhotra, shares an adorable chemistry as the strapping young man smothered by them, but it ends up feeling too lengthy and unnecessary.
The pace definitely increases with the action sequences. Cinematographer Kamaljeet Negi’s camera captures the urgency and tension, with a lot of scenes shot in dimly lit frames showing how hostile the conditions are.
These are the parts that cling to us, some that we can’t help but look at with moist eyes. It is commendable that the tone remains steady and never loud and sarcastic.
Sidharth Malhotra, who feels more at home in the “Peace Time” scenes with Kiara Advani, also does a pretty good job as a man in uniform given the limitations of the script.
But it is the ensemble, a good group of actors of Shataf figure as the commanding officer, Sahil Vaid as Vikram’s childhood friend, Shiv Pandit as the members of his regiment, Niketan Dheer, Raj Arjun who are given the most stale treatment. goes.
His presence seems accidental, just to further the protagonist of the film who robs Sher Shah of some of his charm.