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      Who Was Captain Vikram Batra AKA Shershaah Played By Sidharth Malhotra?

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      Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani's film Shershaah released on Amazon Prime Video on 12 August 2021 and is receiving a lot of love from fans. The film follows real-life incidents during the 1999 Kargil War. Many heroes sacrificed their lives to recapture the Indian territories from Pakistani intruders in the Kargil-Dras sector of Jammu and Kashmir, and among them was Captain Vikram Batra leading his battalion.

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      Sidharth Malhotra is seen playing Captain Vikram Batra's character in Shershaah. Captain Vikram Batra was awarded India's highest military decoration, the Param Vir Chakra, posthumously for his martyrdom during the Kargil War in 1999.

      Here is everything you need to know about Captain Vikram Batra, the brave serviceman of Indian Army who laid down his life defending the nation:

      Captain Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974, in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh to parents Girdhari Lal Batra and Kamal Kanta Batra. While his father was a government school principal, his mother was a school teacher. He also had an identical twin brother Vishal Batra and two sisters.

      Vikram Batra, who did most of his schooling in Palampur showed interest in sports early on. He along with his brother also represented the school in table tennis at the All India KVS Nationals. Vikram Batra reportedly was also a green belt in karate and a national level champion.

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      Deeply patriotic from a young age, Vikram had always shown interest in serving in the Indian Army. After joining Panjab University, Chandigarh, he pursued an MA in English to help prepare for the Combined Defence Services (CDS) Examination. In 1996, he appeared and passed the CDS Examination and was selected by the Services Selection Board (SSB) at Allahabad as one of the top 35 candidates. After dropping out of college, he joined the Indian Military Academy (IMA) at Dehradun.

      A year later, in 1997, he was commissioned in the Indian Army as a Lieutenant of the 13th Battalion Jammu & Kashmir Rifles. From 1998 to 1999 he trained at areas that had major militant activity, including places like Sopore in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, and Mhow in Madhya Pradesh.

      In January 1999, Batra trained for the Commando Course at Belgaum, Karnataka, where he was awarded the highest grading Instructor's Grade.

      During the Kargil War, under the leadership of Vikram Batra, on 19 June 1999, the Indian Army captured Point 5140, from right under the enemy's nose. While reporting the capture, Batra's battle cry was "Yeh dil maange more", which has also been shown in the movie. After the win, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.

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      Vikram Batra's codename was Shershaah / Sher Shah during the mission. Days before his death, in an interview on television, the Captain had revealed that Pakistan forces had learnt about his code name and were using the same radio frequency as the Indian soldiers. He revealed what one of the Pakistani men said on the radio: "He said 'Shershaah, you have come? Don't try to come up otherwise you will have a tough time.' And that was a time they gave us a challenge, and my guys, they went wild that how dare a Pakistani troop challenge us?'"

      After this successful operation, Captain Batra volunteered for the next mission to recapture Point 4875, although his rest and recoup was due. The historic capture of Point 4875 led to the mountain being named Batra Top in his honour after he lost his life there.

      The last time Vikram Batra visited his home was during the festival of Holi in 1999, before his martyrdom during the Kargil War. He reportedly spent time at Neugal Cafe with his best friend and fiancee Dimple Cheema, who is played by Kiara Advani in the film Shershaah. Dimple remains unmarried to this day and is a teacher.

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