Sidharth Malhotra reveals the guns and gears used in Shershaah were close to the ones which were used in Kargil war

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Published by Mohit Kumar Dixit on 23 Aug 2021

Right from its release, Shershaah has become the talk of the town. The film is a biopic of Captain Vikram Batra (PVC), which has been played by actor Sidharth Malhotra on screen. The character of Captain Batra’s fiancee Dimple Cheema has been aced by Kiara Advani. Many fans are assuming that the film might win Malhotra his first ever National Award. Recently, Siddharth Malhotra reveals few more interesting details about the film which you must wish to know.

While speaking about the Ladakh schedule,  Sidharth Malhotra says, “We are the first Indian film to shoot at Kargil and that too, at a place which is just a few kilometres away from where the actual war was fought. We were shooting at about 14,000 feet above sea level, where the oxygen levels are low, and the winds are mighty. The mountains are devoid of any greenery. As a film crew, it was challenging to get the equipment on top. It was physically strenuous for the crew. We were even wearing the kind of snow boots that the Indian Army uses to make it look authentic. ”

The On-screen Vikram Batra mentioned that he has seen how our soldiers battle on daily basis. “I am looking at this from a filmmaking point of view, but it makes you realise how our soldiers have it so difficult, and they never get retakes in real life. As an actor, these are massive challenges you face. If you or someone else slips and falls, it could lead to a serious injury. But all those things have lent to a film that has been made in an organic manner. We had very few set-ups. It was pretty much us, the guns and the script,” he said.

Sidharth Malhotra reveals that the guns and gears used in the film were very close to the ones which were used in the Kargil war. He says, “We can’t thank the Indian Army enough for providing us with a lot of facilities. The guns you see us using on screen are actual ones with fake bullets. The gear, the equipment, all of it is very close to what it actually was during the Kargil War. When I returned to Kargil with the trailer of the film on Kargil Vijay Diwas celebrations, it was an emotional moment for me. To get a nod of approval from the top brass of the Indian Army was such a surreal experience. To see it (the trailer) with the families who lost their loved ones in the Kargil was special. I am sure it must’ve been difficult for them to watch, but their approval meant a lot. It made all the blood, sweat and effort into the film worthwhile.”

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