Shershaah: Sidharth Malhotra pays tribute to late Kargil hero Captain Vikram Batra on his 21st Martyrdom Day
Sidharth Malhotra, who is all set to play the role of late Captain Vikram Batra in his upcoming film Shershaah, paid a tribute to the Kargil War hero on his 21st Martyrdom Day. Vikram Batra fought back valiantly during the 1999 Kargil War between India and Pakistan. It was his brave efforts due to which the Indian flag unfurled on Tiger Hill on July 4, 1999. He sacrificed his life to make India's Operation Vijay successful and was awarded the highest wartime gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra posthumously.
Paying a tribute to Vikram Batra, Sidharth shared a video and wrote, "Salute to the Indian army for their undying service to the nation and To our Kargil hero #VikramBatra who laid down his life today, 21 years ago."
Talking about the role, Sidharth had earlier said, "It's [the role] something that is very close to my heart. It's like a passion project. It's being directed by Vishnu Varadhan, who is a prolific director from the south. He is making his Hindi debut with this film."
He had added, "Everyone knows about his heroic stories from newspapers and articles. When you meet people who have lived with him, his family or have known him personally, you feel an immense kind of pressure. First, you hope to do justice to his personal life and family."
The film chronicles the story of Kargil war hero Param Vir Chakra Captain Vikram Batra, who sacrificed his life for the country in 1999. While Sidharth will be playing a double role in it - as Captain Batra and his identical twin brother Vishal, Kiara features Captain Batra's fiancée Dimple Cheema. The film was supposed to hit the screens on July 3 but is now postponed due to COVID-19.