‘Sher Shah’, released on Amazon Prime Video, should not be seen as a just war or a biopic of a brave young military man who sacrificed his country, but rather is the story of every middle class family living in small towns and villages. cities. from India. Whose 14-year-old son falls in love with the military uniform after watching the heroic saga of Major Somnath Sharma (played by Farooq Sheikh on the TV show) on the series ‘Param Vir Chakra’ in Doordarshan. Make this love the purpose of your life.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the 90s to join the engineering and medical professions to give flight to his dreams, he chose the army as his profession and at only 25 years old, he wrote an indelible story of bravery and martyrdom on the chest of snow. . -coated mountains. Smiling he says goodbye to the world.
The life of Captain Vikram Batra, who received the Param Vir Chakra medal, the Army’s highest honor for valor in the Kargil war, has been brought to the big screen by director Vishnu Vardhan, whose first Hindi and war film. Vishnu has previously directed films in South Indian languages.
Writer Sandeep Srivastava presents Sher Shah’s story on screen from the perspective of Captain Vikram Batra’s twin brother, Vishal Batra, brimming with childhood memories, from college life, love, and army recruitment to martyrdom in the Kargil war. has been.
Sher Shah paints a picture of Captain Batra’s family and the humanitarian aspect of his patriotism and willingness to sacrifice. The good news is that it has the thrill of doing something, but not the unnecessary frenzy, which has become an essential part of patriotic cinema in the recent past.
After the opening scene of the ongoing action in Kargil, the film begins with the scenes of Captain Vikram Batra’s childhood in Palampur. Vikram, who fights with older boys, is ridiculed by the father that he will grow up to be a bully. Vikram says that he has thought about what he wants to become. The scene offers a glimpse into the attitude of 14-year-old Vikram. The story progresses with Vishal’s narration.
Vikram (Siddharth Malhotra) arrives at the university. There is a meeting with Dimple (Kiara Advani) who is studying in class. They both fall in love. Dimple is Sikh and Vikram Batra is Punjabi Khatri. Dimple’s father does not accept the relationship. Vikram prepares a Plan B to marry Dimple and joins the merchant marine to fend for himself. But, after persuading his friends, he realizes that his dream is the army. Finally, after passing the SSB, Vikram becomes a lieutenant and takes first place in the 13th Rifle Regiment of Jammu and Kashmir.
Lieutenant Vikram Batra is a cheerful, friendly and energetic young officer who, as easily as he mixes with his companions, bonds with the local Kashmiris with equal fluency. Although Saathi cautions that Kashmiris should not be trusted, Vikram wonders how to earn their trust when we don’t believe them. His demeanor comes in handy when he manages to catch the notorious terrorist Haider (Mir Sarwar) by playing a Kashmiri teenager, Arsalan (Afnan Ashiya), his informant.
The threat of capturing Haider comes to the fore with a terrible form of the Kargil war. The use of images of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave a scathing response to the enemies adds to the reality of the film, but the hesitation of the filmmaker to portray the character of the then General Pervez Musharraf of the Pakistan Army is not understood. Go
At the same time, the television news of the Kargil war has also shown a glimpse of the very famous episode of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was captured by the Pakistani army with his platoon during the Kargil war and inhumanely tortured. The issue was in the news at the time and it became a challenge to political will.
Feeling the spirit of Captain Vikram Batra and Captain Sanjeev Jamwal (Shiv Pandit) during the Kargil War, Lieutenant YK Joshi (Shift Figar) sends his platoon to Lieutenant Colonel YK Joshi on an important mission, in which both are successful. In this mission, Captain Vikram Batra’s codename is Sher Shah and the sign of victory is Yeh Dil Maange More.
After this success, the next mission is to liberate Point 4875 from enemy occupation, which is strategically very important and the capture of this peak spelled the end of the Kargil War. Bring. Colonel Joshi advises Captain Batra and Captain Jamwal’s unit to rest, but Captain Batra asks permission to lead the mission. Bring. The colonel, seeing his sincere impulse, sends him on a mission to capture 4875. The mission succeeds, but Captain Batra dies while rescuing the wounded soldier.
The height at which the Kargil war was fought. Getting to that height and filming battle scenes in difficult geographical conditions is also an act of bravery. In a conversation with Jagran.com, director Vishnu Vardhan had said that the scenes were filmed with the cast and crew at an altitude of between 12,000 feet and 14,000 feet. This is the first movie ever shot in those areas of Kargil.
Climbing inaccessible hills and capturing scenes with war material on camera would not have been easy. The hard work of cinematographer Kamaljit Negi and the rest of the team impresses the scene. The movie picks up the pace with these scenes too.
Sidharth Malhotra has done a good job within the limits of the way Captain Vikram Batra’s character is written. Siddharth has managed to bring to the screen the enthusiasm and zeal that was required for this character. Kiara Advani has managed to convey the expressions of Dimple’s character. However, both artists could have done a better job of pronunciation of the vernacular.
In Siddharth Punjabi, the effect of less Delhi from the mountains is more visible. At the same time, Kiara’s Punjabi accent also seems to have ended. All the focus has been put on the character of Captain Vikram Batra in the script, because the supporting characters and actors Nikitin Dheer (Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia) and Himanshu A. Malhotra (Major Rajiv Kapoor) do not emerge.
Sahil Vaid has been very supportive in the role of Sunny, a close friend of Vikram Batra. Among the crowd of so many artists, Raj Arjun in the role of Subedar Raghunath and Anil Charanjeet in the role of Naib Subedar Bansilal Sharma did not let himself be lost. Almost all of the officers and jawans who won the Kargil War Medal of Bravery are represented in the film. Perhaps this is also one of the reasons why some characters fail to make an impact. At the end of the movie, professional information on the current status of all the main and supporting characters is provided.
Cast: Siddharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Shiv Pandit, Nikitan Dheer, Raj Arjun, Shitaf Figar, etc.
Director- Vishnu Vardhan
Producer- Karan Johar
Rating- *** (three stars)