Sidharth Malhotra to play ‘Sher Shah’ Vikram Batra, Karan Johar will bankroll the biopic

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Karan Johar believes ‘True stories are always the best stories to tell.’ In a recent development, the well-known filmmaker confirmed that he will be producing a biopic on Kargil war hero Vikram Batra, with Sidharth Malhotra in the lead role.  Sidharth, whose Bollywood career was launched by Karan with Student Of The Year, is excited about taking on the role as 'Sher Shah' Vikram Batra, whose story he finds inspirational.

The actor tweeted, “Excited to announce that I will be portraying “Sher Shah” Vikram Batras heroic story produced by @DharmaMovies n Shabbir box wala,Directed by Vishnu Varadhan ,written by-Sandeep Srivastava. #Shershah.” "Vikram Batra's life story will inspire you and bring a smile on your face. I am really excited to play the character and the shoot commences this year," read a statement by Sidharth.

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The film will be produced by Dharma Productions and Shabbir Boxwala and will be directed by Vishnu Varadhan from a story written by Sandeep Srivastava. Karan tweeted that it was time to relive Yeh Dil Mangey More - Batra's oft-quoted phrase. He described it as "the true story of bravery and patriotism - the chronicles of Kargil war hero Vikram Batra".

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"True stories are always the best stories to tell," Karan had tweeted before the announcement.

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Vikram led one of the toughest operations in mountain warfare in Indian history. The Kargil hero was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra - India's highest war-time gallantry award.

“Movies have a great impact, they live for long. There is a pressure of living up to the idea of what their son has done. That is why we are taking more time to start the film. We want to work properly on the story. It is not a fictitious story that I want to jump into it. I hope whenever the film comes out the family is happy and proud,” Sidharth told a leading news agency. Workwise, the actor was last seen in Aiyaary, a war drama directed by Neeraj Pandey.

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