Actor Sidharth Malhotra who will be seen essaying the role of Captain Vikram Batra in his upcoming film Shershaah spoke about the difficulties involved in shooting the film based on the life of Kargil war hero Captain Batra.
“We are the first film to shoot in Kargil. And, we were also shooting a film in Kargil, about the Kargil war. We have been as authentic as possible. There were so many physical difficulties. (There was the problem of) low oxygen. We shot at a height of 14,000 feet. Though, the actual war was fought at 17,000 feet height,” Sidharth said.
“We did not have enough infrastructures at these locations. When it rained, we huddled under rocks and umbrellas. I think it is most authentic and real, the way we have shot the film. For me, and most actors, it was a blessing that there was just one camera and one camera person as we shot, to make us feel as real as possible. There was none of the massive set up. At times, when you are there, crouching behind a rock, you kind of forget that you are actually shooting,” the actor added
Director Vishnuvardhan, who will be making his Hindi debut with Shershaah, added, “There are so many undiscovered things that you can spot in this place. While filming, we found many such stuff. There are still unexploded mines, you could find shells lying around.”
“In fact, we found one. We found… there was one old shell that we found. It was from the Kargil War,” Sidharth added as the filmmaker added, “It had got a 100 metre kill radius.”
Kiara Advani stars opposite Sidharth Malhotra in the film. The film’s trailer was released on 26 July, i.e. on Kargil Vijay Diwas in the presence of Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat. During the launch, Captain Vikram Batra’s brother Vishal Batra thanked Karan Johar, the Indian Army, and the film’s makers for making his dream, of making a film about his brother, come true.
Shershaah is scheduled to release on Amazon Prime Studios on 12 August.