– By Reema Chhabda
The plot revolves around Vikram Batra (Sidharth Malhotra), the son of a teacher who dreams of one day serving his country. He is so enamoured with the army outfit that he wears it to every school function. He grows up in order to prepare for his dream, and just before his examinations, he falls in love with an ordinary Dimple (Kiara Advani).
Vikram, on the verge of abandoning his ‘army’ dream in favour of the Merchant Navy in order to impress the girl’s father with more money, is wisely advised by his friend Sunny (Sahil Vaid). He leaves to become a lieutenant and earns the respect of his teammates by apprehending the most heinous terrorists in the area. With his present regiment, he will fight Pakistani militants ambushing the LOC in the Kargil War.
Writing, Direction & Cinematography:
The outstanding camerawork of Kamaljeet Negi serves to highlight the tensions in Srivastava’s writing. Negi performs magic with how he pans the camera in several of the suspense revealing shots. A. Sreekar Prasad, a veteran editor, keeps the film to a maximum runtime of 135 minutes.
Shershaah utterly ignores the complexity of fighting in Kargil’s complex climatic and logistical conditions. The combat sequences are well-executed and choose for raw urgency over sleek impact.
However, Vishnu Vardhan goes way overboard in exaggerating the martyr moment, complete with flaming rifles and all.
This is the most exciting role in Sidharth Malhotra’s career, and he gives it his all. A vibrant depiction of a lion, a legend, with charm, pride, compassion, tenderness, vigour, and authority. Add in his nice connection with Kiara Advani, which emanates a much-in-love vibe.
But what doesn’t work is that she’s limited to speaking in a bad Punjabi accent. It would have been fine if both the leads spoke Hindi. The Punjabi, Hindi, and English mixture irritated the ears.
In a nutshell, Shershaah is at its most fascinating when it follows the natural tendencies of its central character. It dilutes a wonderfully poignant moment the minute it tries to explain, emphasise, and remind us who said what and when.