Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani, Nikitin Dheer, Himanshu Malhotra, Raj Arun, Shiva Panditt
Director: Vishnu Varadhan
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Story: The story is based on real life events from the life of Indian war hero Captain Vikram Batra. The story tracks his childhood, love life and his life at the border and during the Kargil war.
Performances: Sidharth Malhotra has poured his heart and soul to do justice to Vikram Batra’s role and the outcome is brilliant. He excels in all emotions and this performance can definitely be considered his best. Kiara Advani does a very good job in the limited space that she appears in. There are a lot of supporting actors appearing as soldiers or important members of the army and all of them have done well, added value and built a strong emotional connect to the film. To name a few, Nikitin Dheer, Himanshu Malhotra, Raj Arun and Shiva Panditt had a good amount of screen space.
Technicalities: Action sequences form a major chunk of the film and they have been well choreographed and brought on to screen in such way that it completely holds the attention of the viewer. The Kargil war sequence is extremely long but never gets boring because of the masterful execution. Cinematography, sound design, editing, production design and background score also deserve a big mention for elevating the action sequences to the next level. The songs too are all good. Dialogues evoke the right emotions.
Analysis: The storyline and overall template followed is similar to any other biographical or army/war based films we have seen in the past. Despite that factor working against the film, the strong emotional connect and well executed action sequences ensure that the viewer is never bored. Since most people would be knowing how the film ends, there is no real suspense factor in the film and in fact, everyone would dread going closer towards the climax. Unlike films like URI, this movie does not have any patriotic dialogues or goosebumps moments but conveys all of that through the characterisation of Vikram Batra. The first half has some tiny action pieces and a beautiful love track. Majority of the second half is mostly a very long war sequence which is gripping and holds the interest followed by an emotional ending. Director Vishnu Varadhan has definitely done justice to the script and portrayed the life of Captain Vikram Batra in an effective way so that it reaches and connects with all sections of the audience.
On a whole: Shershaah is a fitting tribute to an Indian war hero and the Indian army and definitely has the potential to evoke strong emotional and patriotic feelings within us.