It is a buildup to the Independence Day weekend. And with that you can expect a certain flavour in the movies which release with the main theme being of patriotism. So as many as two brand new Hindi Film Releases were scheduled for release and I have finished watching one of them. Shershaah a term given to our late braveheart Vikram Batra who laid down his life fighting the enemy in the 1999 Kargil War. He was awarded the Paramvir Chakra posthumously! And this isn’t the first time we are seeing his character unfold onscreen. It was in the 2004 JP Dutta directed film LOC : Kargil when we got a fleeting glimpse of his story, the character portrayed by the then ever improving Abhishek Bachchan. This time it is the turn of the young turk Siddharth Malhotra to carry the mantle. So then is Shershah which is out on Amazon Prime any worth, lets find out!
Story & Screenplay
Shershaah is a biopic on the life of late Captain Vikram Batra who was martyred in the Kargil 1999 war. The story definitely is worth telling for his immense contribution which the national will be indebted to. And what better occassion than to witness his story during Independence Day week. The screenplay does not boast of chest thumping jingoism which is usually synonymous with the movies of the genre. Though this is an age old template for a war film, the screenplay is well written. It gives a glimpse of the personality of our Captain outside the battlefield too. While the drama in the first hour oscillates between the past and present, it is the second hour that completely focuses on the battleground. The dynamics of his fellow personnels in the army is also nice explored. Some may argue that the love story was not required but here it was crisp and short and did not deter away from its core. Coming back to the second hour, it is here that the movie begins to punch above its weight. Some of the gun battles are excellently shot and they make an instant impact particularly the ones in the last 25 minutes. On the downside, some of the characters could have bern explored better and certain fight sequences should have been a little more rousing. But these are smaller flaws in a superbly written screenplay that will engage you and keep you hooked and booked until the end. And the final act may force you to shed a tear or two as well!
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are nicely balanced, they are overtly jingoistic neither are they too bland, they are a perfect mix of balanced patriotrism. The music is extremely good and atleast a couple of songs stand out. The BGM is really good and blends well with the drama. Director Vishnu Varadhan has done a fabulous job here, his biggest victory lies in keeping things balanced without overdoing things which keeps the movie afloat throughout.
The performances are pretty good. Sahil Vaid has his moments to shine as Sunny. So does Nikitan Dheer as Jassi and Mir Sarwar as Hamid. Kiara Advani as Dimple definitely gets into the skin of her character and she definitely leaves a mark. Raj Arjun as Subedar Raghuvir is extremely earnest and a natural onscreen. Shiv Panditt as Captain Sameer is wonderfully restrained and he looks every bit of his character.
<span;>But it is Siddharth Malhotra who shines in possibly a career revival for him. He desperately needed a good outing and the good news is that he has got one here and he can definitely build on from here. He captures the spirit of his character pretty well but again ensures not to overdo it. This may as well be his career best performance so far! Welcome back Sid!
Shershaah is a fitting tribute to our Captain Vikram Batra who will be remembered for times to come. Available on Amazon Prime.