Sidharth Malhotra on Capt Vikram Batra's birth anniversary: Valour of Shershaah made him immortal
It is Kargil War hero Captain Vikram Batra's birth anniversary today. Sidharth Malhotra, who is playing the braveheart in the upcoming film Shershaah, took to social media to pay his respects to the Army officer.
Sidharth shared a video of Captain Vikram Batra and wrote, "Valour of Shershaah made him immortal. Happy Birthday Shershaah, Respect and Salute to Captain Vikram Batra. Jai Hind (sic)."
Captain Vikram Batra was martyred at the young age of 24 in the Kargil War, which was fought between India and Pakistan in 1999. He was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra for his exemplary courage.
Sidharth will be seen in a double role in Shershaah - as Captain Vikram Batra and his twin brother Vishal Batra. In an earlier interview with IndiaToday.in, Sidharth opened up about how the Kargil hero's family wanted him in the biopic.
"It was through Shabbir Boxwala, who was the original producer and knows the family really well. They gave him the rights to make a story on their loved one. I met them around 2.5-3 years ago in a very casual meeting and found out the story about him. Since then, I have met them multiple times and we started shooting the film," he said.
Sidharth hopes that irrespective of Shershaah's fate at the box office, Captain Vikram Batra's family like the film. "There is a lot of responsibility and commercials aside, I just hope and pray that when they see the film, they will be happy and proud of what we did," he said.
Recently, the film crew shot in Kargil. After wrapping up the schedule, the team ensured that they clean up all the waste left behind after the shoot.
A local news organisation lauded Sidharth and the team of Shershaah for their gesture. Sharing the tweet, the actor wrote, "Have always made sure that because of us, the environment doesn't get polluted. Mother Earth is equally precious to me. #Respect #MotherNature."
Directed by Vishnu Varadhan, the film is slotted to release in 2020.