Shershaah, a film that ticks all the boxes, right from the element of war and action, to the element of love, the background score, and the music, the cinematography, everything is just right in this film. Brilliantly led from the front by the director, Vishnuvardhan.
Check out my full review of Shershaah here:
(Here’s the synopsis of the film: The life of Indian army captain Vikram Batra, awarded with the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest award for valor for his actions during the 1999 Kargil War.)
Moreover, the special aspect of the film is it isn’t just perfect from the cinema perspective, but the story of Capt. Vikram Batra (acted by Sidharth Malhotra) and how it was portrayed as such, that the film is an inspiration for so many and definitely leaves a few life lessons along the way too.
1. Your Passion overpowers everything else
The talk of passion has gone a bit over-the-top these days, with everyone talking about it… But when you see it, you know it. Passion is something like creativity, it flows through you, towards something, and in that flow, you are absorbed by that passion, and you put your all into it. And that is exactly what the film and the character represented as well, when you’re passionate about something, then it overpowers everything else, and that power takes you to greater heights on your path.
2. Showing love and compassion towards others
While Capt. Vikram Batra had the passion and the leadership qualities, a greater trait was the love and compassion he had for others (something that was perfectly acted by Sidharth Malhotra in the film). That love and compassion bonded him so well with others around him, so much so that his own fellow soldiers were ready to walk with him, no matter the obstacle, his loved ones were ready to make sacrifices, the passion plays a role here, but the love and compassion played a bigger one.
3. Focusing on the higher purpose
When there’s a higher purpose involved, the path you have to take is clearly visible to you. Even when there’s a complication, the purpose automatically aligns you back to the path, and that filled with passion and love and compassion is a formula for success, as shown in the film. Such a path comes with sacrifices, but when that purpose is bigger than yourself, then are you ready to go all-in.
While there could be tons of tidbits to pick up from this film, these three were the most prominent for me, apart from how inspirational and loving, and emotional this film is, as a whole.
I wish I could name the entire cast here, but in all, everyone has done such a brilliant job in the film. Moreover, the real-life soldiers who are the biggest inspiration, then and now, walk and talk these lessons every day. Thank you for all that you do, and for everything that we can learn and instill in our own lives.