Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani starrer war-biopic Shershaah's trailer was released on Sunday evening. Shershaah is based on the life of Kargil war hero, Captain Vikram Batra, who died during the war in 1999. Sharing the trailer on Twitter Karan Johar wrote, "Honoured to have been a part of recounting this incredible story of the brilliance & bravery shown by our Kargil War hero, Captain Vikram Batra (PVC). Experience this thrill with the #ShershaahTrailer, out now!"
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The trailer was launched ahead of Kargil Divas on July 26. In the nearly three-minute-long trailer, viewers will get to see a glimpse of some re-created footage of the Kargil war. The intriguing trailer promises powerful performances by all the actors, enthralling dialogues, captivating visuals, and an engaging story. From powerful background music that complements the pace of the trailer to some intense performances, the trailer features it all, making it safe to say that fans are in for a visual treat.
And if you are a true patriot, you are sure to get emotional at the point when Sidharth in the trailer says, "Either I'll host the flag and return...or I'll return wrapped. But I'll come for sure!" Brimming with excitement on portraying a real-life hero, lead actor Sidharth spoke on the release of his film and said, "Playing a man in uniform always instills a sense of pride but portraying a legendary war hero like Vikram Batra was a huge responsibility to shoulder on and perform. The role called for a lot of physical and even more mental preparation to get into his shoes and bring to life the real-life story of a man whose courage and grit stood unmatched."
He added, "I have tried my best to stay true to his persona and valour and I am thankful to the Batra family for trusting me. Shershaah, as a film is very close to my heart."
Ahead of the trailer launch, Sidharth, Kiara and producer Karan Johar went to Kargil via Leh, where they met a group of Indian Army Jawaans. Earlier, Sidharth had shared the film's teaser and written on Instagram, "Heroes live on through their stories. We are honoured to bring to you the true story of the Kargil War hero, Captain Vikram Batra (PVC).A film which has had a long journey for me and a real life character I am proud to play."
For the unversed, Captain Vikram Batra laid down his life in the service of the nation while recapturing Indian territories from Pakistani intruders during the Kargil War in 1999. And due to his immense bravery, he was given the title of 'Sher Shah' (Lion King). Set in the 90s, the film will also offer an insight into the age of innocent romance, showcasing the chemistry between the leading pair- Kiara and Sidharth.
Kiara, who will be seen portraying the role of Dimple Cheema, a strong pillar of support to Captain Vikram Batra spoke about her role in the film and said: "I am honoured to portray a strong and inspiring woman like Dimple Cheema, as it made me understand the journey of the unsung heroes, the women behind the army men. While we celebrate the valour of the men at war, the sacrifices of the women at home often go unnoticed."
Directed by Vishnu Varadhan and jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Kaash Entertainment, Shershaah also features actors Shiv Panditt, Raj Arjun, Pranay Pachauri, Himanshu Ashok Malhotra, Nikitin Dheer, Anil Charanjeett, Sahil Vaid, Shataf Figar and Pawan Chopra.
'Shershaah' will release on August 12, 2021, on Amazon Prime Video.