‘Shershaah’, the film starring Sidharth Malhotra in the titular role, is based on the life of Captain Vikram Batra and it shows his exceptional strength and undeniable acumen even in the face of extreme danger.
The viewers may think that some of the dialogues in the film as an example of Bollywood taking creative freedom, but instances shared by Vikram Batra’s family, his friends and his fellow soldiers have proved that he was not a person who shied away from danger or not to laugh in the face of death.
The dialogues used in ‘Shershaah’ that was actually said by Capt. Vikram Batra in his real life are:
When Vikram Batra told about the bullet that was actually meant for him but hit another soldier
Vikram Batra said this to Captain Jamwal (both Lieutenants at the time), while Capt. Batra, in real life, said it to his sister over a phone. His original dialogue was “Didi, it was meant for me and I lost my man”.
2. Vikram Batra bravely speaking about his death to his friend
In the film, Sidharth delivers the dialogue that says “Tiranga lehrake aaunga, nehi toh usmein lipat ke aaunga. Lekin aaunga zarur”.
3. Vikram Batra’s success signal “Yeh Dil Maange More”
When journalist Barkha Dutta interviewed him following the successful capture of Point 5140, Vikram Batra shared about choosing Pepsi slogan “Yeh Dil Maange More” as his company’s success signal.
4. When his codename was intercepted by Pakistani soldiers
The entire interview was recreated in the movie including the part of Vikram Batra’s codename being intercepted by the Pakistani soldiers and his troops response to their threats.
5. Vikram Batra ‘interesting’ talk about Madhuri Dixit with a Pakistani Officer
Capt. Batra, in the middle of the fight, delivered a fitting response to a Pakistani soldier’s arrogant statement on what could bring an end to the war.
It didn’t, however end there. He shot the soldier at a point black range and said that it was a ‘gift’ from Madhuri Dixit.
Vikram Batra’s twin Vishal Batra recalled the real incident in his TedX talk and told “Vikram lobbed a hand-grenade very softly and said, “To all of you, with love, from Madhuri Dixit””.
6. Vikram Batra risking his life to save his fellow soldier
Capt. Naveen Nagappa, the Kargil War veteran, shared the incident with Humans of Bombay and told the exact words said to him by Vikram Batra as “Anna, you must go down. You must get treated. I’ll sort these buggers out!”.
7. When Vikram Batra stopped his fellow soldier from going ahead of him as he had a wife and children to go back to.
Vikram Batra was martyred during recapturing Point 4875 and was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra. The nation will always be indebted to him and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.