Director: Vishnu Vardhan
Starring: Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Shiv Pandit, Nikitin Dheer, Sahil Vaid, Anil Charanjeett, Raj Arjun
Written by: Sandeep Shrivastava
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
SHERSHAAH tells the story of one of the brave Indian Soldiers who laid down his life for the country in the Kargil War. Vikram Batra (Sidharth Malhotra) is a resident of Himachal Pradesh and stays there with his parents and his twin brother. Since he was a child, he has dreamt of joining the army. During college, he meets Dimple (Kiara Advani) and falls for her. She reciprocates the feelings back and they get into a relationship. Around the same time, Vikram decides to join the merchant navy instead of army, because it would pay better. One day He and Dimple are caught red handed by her father, who opposes their relation because Vikram is of a different caste, but eventually accepts when Dimple tells him he will earn well at merchant navy. But Vikram is now having second thoughts after his best friend Sunny (Sahil Vaid) insists that he should not give up his dream of joining the army. Vikram tells Dimple about his change of plans. This infuriates Dimple and she requests him not to make any more changes in future plans. Vikram then enrols himself at an army institute and passes with flying colours. In 1998, he got his first posting at 13th Jammu and Kashmir Rifles at Sopore. He’s a lieutenant and his regiment comprises Lieutenant Sanjeev Jamwal (Shiv Panditt), Naib Sudebar Bansi Lal Sharma (Anil Charanjeett), Subedar Raghunath (Raj Arjun), Major Subrata Mukherjee (Abhiroy Singh) and Major Ajay Jasrotia aka Jassi (Nikitin Dheer), etc. In a risky operation there, he manages to eliminate Haider. Before he could die, however, Haider told them to prepare for something big. What happens next, forms the rest of the film.
One of the most important things when making a film on a real person is to be as accurate as possible, and the film gets that right. The core story of the film does interest you. The only drawback one feels is the film resorts to many incidents from a overview and never delves deeply into even including the family of the decorated officer. This film is a great ode and homage to a legendary person, whom this country will always be indebted to.
Technically, the film is great. Cinematography by Kamaljeet Negi is simply breathtaking. He captures the locales of Kashmir beautifully, as well as the war sequences without breaking a sweat. Editing by A Sreekar Prasad is good, a few things could have been omitted but it’s fine nonetheless. The music is average and works okay in the scenes. You need music like that or Border which stays with you even after so long. The music in this one doesn’t seem so memorable. The background score is terrific and adds to the scenes. The action is great. The costume and production design is realistic.
Performances elevate the film further. In this film, we see Sidharth Malhotra arguably giving his best performance till date. He’s been absolutely brilliant in his portrayal of Vikram Batra. Kiara Advani has a limited role and she does well. Shiv pandit plays his part with ease. Nikitin Dheer is great. Anil Charanjeett is fine. Raj Arjun makes an impression. Sahil Vaid is dependable. The rest of the cast offer good support.
Director Vishnu Vardhan executes the film extremely well but there were a few things he could have done to improve it further.