Movie Review | Shershaah: Vikram Ka Parakram

The much awaited review by the film critic from Shershaah is here. The Indian Hindi-language biographical war film from 2021 is directed by Vishnuvardhan.

Starring Sidharth Malhotra alongside Kiara Advani, Shershaah is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Shershaah movie review

Tracing the incredible journey of bravery and unique determination of the Indian Army ‘Lion King’ urf Shershaah – Captain Vikram Batra, PVC was an officer in the Indian Army, honored with India’s highest and most prestigious award for bravery – Param Vir Chakra for his actions during The Kargil War in 1999. Captain Vikram Batra led one of the toughest mountain war operations in Indian history – over 17,000 feet.

Debutant Vishnuvardhan chooses a story about a hero in reality that should definitely be told, but tells it in an easy, simple and predominantly cinematic way. It will no doubt delight the masses, but it lacks sweeping as Uri as a movie.

Sidharth Malhotra as Vikram Batra plays himself in most of the part, and it is not entirely his fault, blame it on the script of Sandeep Shrivastava, but he later shines under these war scenes and excels.

The first half is slow and stretched like a rom-com between Vikram Batra (Sidharth Malhotra) and Dimple Cheema (Kiara Advani).

Shershaah gains momentum during the second half when the real action begins, when his regiment 13 JAK Rifles takes the Pak army disguised as militants in Kargil.

The creators adapt a safe and cinematic approach with the right amount of patriotism to make it work for the larger audience and ignore any revelation from the life of the Indian brave heart – Vikram Batra. Aside from the exciting climax, this scene was especially with me and featured writer Sandeep Shrivastava and director Vishnuvardhan.

Picture this – Vikram as a teenager with his identical brother Vishal looks out the window to find the 80s TV series Param Vir Chakra playing on television, where the episode about Palampur’s Major Somnath Sharma – the first recipient of India’s highest gallantry award – Param Vir Chakra informs the young Vikram, and we see him in military exhaustion at family functions, etc. Now I can just give 10 out of 10.

Aside from Parakaram from Sidharth Malhotra as Vikram Batra, Kiara Advani shines brightly.

Shiv Panditt as captain Sanjeev Jamwal is wonderful. Nikitin Dheer is fantastic as Major Ajay Singh Jasrotia. Shataf Figar as Colonel Yogesh Kumar Joshi makes his presence felt.

Himmanshoo A Malhotra as Major Rajiv Kapoor and Anil Charanjeett as Naib Subedar Bansi Lal Sharma leave their mark.

The war scenes are good and honestly deserve a big screen experience and the video during the last scene … yes Bharat Mata Ki Jai.

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