INDIA: Shershaah film represents the finest aspect of our history, as well as the sacrifice of the martyred that will be remembered forever. Everything appeared to be lost until a soldier and his unit took up the fight, and his narrative became legendary. It would be an insult to refer to it as a story. Captain Vikram Batra embodied all of the positive, straightforward, humorous, and loveable qualities that a great persona should have. His life is chronicled in this film. Along with his subordinates and their legends, which all sum up in his path from a lovable college guy with a desire of becoming a soldier to willingly sacrificing himself for the motherland.
Shershaah also contains a lovely and simple love story. A love story so pure that it can only be imagined in our so-called modern era. Siddharth Malhotra’s portrayal as captain Vikram Batra outshines all of his prior roles, and it might be called one of his best. On screen, Captain Vikram Batra appears to be there rather than Siddharth Malhotra. Kiara Advani, who plays Dimple Cheema, has a significant role in the plot. Kiara Advani and Siddharth Malhotra have a great chemistry which proliferates the feel good vibes.
The supporting cast is larger than normal, giving the impression that this is not a subsidiary character. They each have a distinct job to play, with the exception of a few cowardly extremists. These extremists Pakistani soldiers lack morality and ethics, which is inextricably linked to their dominance, which is always doomed to fail tragically. It’s as though the Indian army is designed to thrash these fanatics.
Captain Sanjeev Jamwal nicknamed Jimmy, played by Shiv Pandit, and Major Ajay “Jassi” Singh Jasrotia, played by Nikitin Dheer, are both remarkable in their roles. Despite his limited screen time, Sahil Vaid as Amit “Sunny” Sood, Batra’s best buddy, is the greatest at inspiring the main character.
The cinematography of Shershaah is exceptional. In fighting situations, the camera movement is so beautifully positioned that we feel as though we are on the battlefield with the soldiers. The gunshot and explosion scenario provides the impression of creativity rather than cheap CGI (computer generated imagery). While a few scenes including it, such as when Pakistani soldiers invade the snow mountain ranges behind them, may be identified as CGI work. The dialogues are excellent and unexpected, given that some war films are based on a cheap psudeo-nationalistic plot. War cries like “Durga mata ki Jai” will give you goosebumps while also instilling a sense of patriotism.
The journey of Captain Vikram Batra is a legend in and of itself. So while it’s difficult to convey his complete trip in a two-hour film with all of the important aspects, this film did an excellent job of honouring his life and his sacrifice for India.
Transcontinental Times rating: 4.3/5