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The writers got very little creative with the script and they struck to the facts which proved to be a very good move. The story did not have the bollywood unnecessary masala but the reality of the hero whom we all know today, the character build up was beautifully done. Most part of the script was in Punjabi dialect and the part of young Vikram was in pahari dialect to represent their linguistic background which have been missing from Bollywood for a really long time. The dialogues were written in a manner where a viewer would flow into it as a spectator watching two real life people converse. Cast: First of all it was finally so good to watch Shiv Pandit, he is an incredibly talented actor and it was feast to watch him on screen. The role of Jimmy just slipped into him, each scene he was in was a thrill to watch. He carefully cathered himself in scenes where he gave equal space to his other actors. Now I had never been a fan of Siddharth Malhotra and had my doubts before watching but he breathed the person into his charcater. It was a suprise to watch him, he was extremely good in it and after a few minutes of watching the movie I was convinced I was watching the character and not the actor. Siddharth potrayed all his scenes very well the one’s with the war backdrop were my special favorite because I truly felt the whole scene come alive around me while watching it. Kiara Advani shines in her role, she potrays the character of his girlfriend to perfection. The scene where she have a confrontation with her father was my perfect because her body language seemed so natural and that is a proof that the young actress is extremely talented. I wish I could write pages on the cast members and their characters because none of them felt out of placed instead they fit perfectly in the big picture. Direction: This is my favorite part to write because finally after a very long time I watched a war movie without unnecessary gruesome scene of patriotism puked over it. It was genuine and even the scenes with violence would fill you with rage over the injustice done. By the end of the movie you will connected and feel sympathetic towards the young captain. The director potrayed war better than a lot of others who have tried but the family and character scenes were also nicely done. It felt like reading a very good book after a long time. I loved the second last scene specifically where the deadbody of our hero was being taken away with the reaction of his close one’s reminiscing to those special moments with him. The song played in the backdrop was already a hit, but while I watched it, the lyrics felt extremely appropriate for the scene. Music: I am not the one who normally pay attention to this but the music deserves an applause. From the background score to the main theme songs they were all beautiful crated and sung by very talented singers. All over the movie is a must watch because apart from the history of it, the movie is genuinely a good one if I just judge it in the scene of cinema. But it also becomes a must watch to understand that the sacrifice of Indian blood was made in battlefield and not in political rally. That war glorification by decorated journalist is vague but the young man and women laying their lives for our country, that is the true sense of patriotism. Captain Vikram Batra was a hero even before he joined the army but his purpose to life saved many lives. His is a story that is a must watch.
Shershah is one of the best patriotic Hindi films you should never miss. Its a mix of two love stories. Love story of an army man with a girl from his college and on the other side, love story of an army man and his country. Siddharth Malhotra as an army man is faithful to both love stories. He gives his best while fighting at the border and also is sincere and committed in his love life. Siddharth Malhotra has given one of his best performances today. He surely needs to be given credit. This is one of the film he surely will be remembered for. Talking about Kiara Advani, who plays the character of army man’s love, a Punjabi woman. Kiara has done a good job and I am quite impressed with her accent particularly the Punjabi speaking skills she has shown in the film. Worth taking a note of it. Nikitin Dheer also stars in the film and he has done his role well. Saw him in an army uniform for the first time. He is usually seen as a villain. This time I have seen him playing a good role, that of an army officer. He does his duty well and is among the senior officers who loses life while fighting a battle. Short role he got, but he surely received his prominence. Battle scenes, action scenes were great. Martyrdom and the feelings related to it were also well portrayed. From the war, I specially liked the scene of aerial attack by the enemy. That was really a visual treat to watch. Sounds of bullets and bombs were quite frequent in the later half of the film. It’s expected as it is a war film but even in between of the bullet and bomb noises, some light moments shared by army members like ‘shengdana khao.. Subah se lad raha hai’ etc were shown in the film. These moments gave a humane touch to the action scenes. Otherwise, we would think these army men are not people. We would think they’re are robots fighting a war with only sounds of bullets and bombs and no communication between them. Dialogues were good. My favorite one was ‘Tiranga lehraake aunga ya tirange me lipatke aaunga’ a dialogue made as a promise to a friend before going to war. Beautiful scenes in the film right from beginning to the end. Film did justice to both love stories – Couple story as well as Desh bhakti. Did not feel it was entirely a love film neither entirely a patriotic film. No love story was given more importance than the other. Songs were also beautifully written, sung and composed. My favorite two from the film ‘Raatan Lambiyaan’ and ‘Kabhi tumhe yaad meri aaye’. ‘Raata Lambiyaan’ made me groove whereas ‘Kabhi tumhe yaad meri aaye’ touched me and made me remember my lost one. The funeral scene of the army man was so beautiful. It made me remember the funeral of an army man in our neighborhood Major Shahid Kaustubh Rane. Beautiful film, people. You should never miss this film particularly if you want to see a patriotic one this Independence Day. Bharat Mata ki jai. Lastly I would say, you can watch this film more than once. So good is the film. I would also thank the makers for displaying photos and names of the original war heroes in the end part of the film. These army men deserve their glory and honor. We are all proud of them.
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