The highly awaited trailer of Sidharth Malhotra's and Kiara Advani's film Shershaah has just dropped and we must say that the wait was worth it. Based on the 1999 Kargil War, Shershaah tells the story of Param Vir Chakra awardee Captain Vikram Batra who reclaimed India's terrain along with his team from the invading Pakistan army. Inspired by a true story, the trailer of Shershaah celebrates the bravery and gallant spirit of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) and honors his invaluable sacrifice in the Kargil War. It is the story of a soldier who became not only an inspiration but a legend for generations to come.
The trailer gives a glimpse of the heroism of Batra essayed by Sidharth. It brings to fore the bravery and courage of the Indian Army that fought a treacherous battle on one of world’s highest mountainous terrain. With the code name of Shershaah, Batra led his men to reclaim India’s territory of Kargil from Pakistan army in India’s first televised war. Directed by Vishnu Varadhan, the film features Sidharth Malhotra in the title role along with a stellar cast of names like Kiara Advani, Shiv Panditt, Raj Arjun, Pranay Pachauri, Himanshu Ashok Malhotra, Nikitin Dheer, Anil Charanjeett, Sahil Vaid, Shataf Figar and Pawan Chopra.
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Shershaah’s trailer not only shows the boldness of Sidharth as Batra but also shows Kiara’s fiery avata. She stands in front of her family professing her love for Batra and making the unflinching vow of remaining unmarried if she could not marry him. Sidharth Malhotra who essays the role of ‘Shershaah’, Captain Vikram Batra (PVC) is brimming with excitement on portraying a real-life hero. Speaking on the release of his film on Amazon Prime Video, Malhotra said, “Playing a man in uniform always instills a sense of pride but portraying a legendary war hero like Vikram Batra was a huge responsibility to shoulder on and perform. The role called for a lot of physical and even more mental preparation to get into his shoes and bring to life the real-life story of a man whose courage and grit stood unmatched. I have tried my best to stay true to his persona and valour and I am thankful to the Batra family for trusting me. Shershaah, as a film is very close to my heart, and it is only fitting that we launch the movie’s trailer at the Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations. It is an absolute honour to be here among the brave hearts of the Indian Army and their families.”
Kiara, who has always been admired for her charming presence will be seen in the role of Dimple Cheema, a strong pillar of support to Captain Vikram Batra. About her role in the film Kiara said, “I am honoured to portray a strong and inspiring woman like Dimple Cheema, as it made me understand the journey of the unsung heroes, the women behind the army men. While we celebrate the valour of the men at war, the sacrifices of the women at home often go unnoticed. Shershaah not only brings light to the contribution of these strong pillars of support but also offered me a chance to pay my tribute to their brave choices. It fills me with great pride to be a part of the Kargil Vijay Diwas, we are forever indebted to the bravery of those who fight at the frontlines and their families who support them and our country unconditionally.”
Director Vishnu Varadhan who debuts into Hindi Cinema with Shershaah said, “I could not have asked for a better start than Shershaah to mark my foray into Bollywood, or a better setting to present the trailer of our movie. Shershaah is not just a labour of love, it is my attempt at saluting the heroes who have served our nation time and gain. It was challenging yet thrilling to shoot this film and bring to life a real-life story of grit and bravery. My aim was to make a film that familiarizes today’s youth with Captain Batra’s valor and inspires them. This film is my ode to his undaunting spirit to bring victory to India, his fearlessness and sacrifice.”
Shershaah is directed by Vishnu Varadhan and produced by Karan Johar under his production banner Dharma Productions. The film is slated to release directly on digital on Amazon Prime Video on August 12.