How Shershaah helped Sidharth Malhotra resurrect his career How Shershaah helped Sidharth Malhotra resurrect his career

Sidharth Malhotra, then 27 years old, made his debut in the film Student Of The Year nine years ago, to the beautiful melody of Kukkad Kamaal Da. He tried hard to convince us that he was portraying a 17-year-old who only wanted to win the ‘Student Of The Year’ trophy, exuding charm and swagger. Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt both made their debuts with him in SOTY, and they established themselves firmly in the industry over the next decade, whereas Sidharth’s road was far from simple.

This isn’t to say he didn’t have achievements; he had, but they were few and far between. His emotional spectrum was not fully explored, and he appeared to be clutching at straws, or he was attempting to repeat the popularity of his previous films. It was sometimes the film’s choice, such as the perplexing Baar Baar Dekho, the noisy Marjaavan, and the very forgettable Jabariya Jodi, in which he and Parineeti Chopra attempted to repeat the popularity of Hasee Toh Phasee. Even a smash blockbuster like Kapoor & Sons couldn’t be solely attributed to him, since Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt, and Ratna Pathak Shah stepped up to the plate and delivered outstanding performances. Sidharth’s part in the film was multi-faceted and intricate. The account of a son who had always felt betrayed by his overachieving brother. Sidharth, on the other hand, was unable to fully immerse himself in the role, and the bottled-up rage and anger came to the surface before dissipating. The storey of Captain Vikram Batra was told to him as he fought to find his position. That journey, however, was not without its difficulties.

Sidharth delved into the storey of Captain Batra while he was being written off by some quarters. Vishal Batra, the late Captain Batra’s brother, approached him with producer Sabbir Boxxwala about five years ago. Sidharth revealed in an interview with indianexpress.com that he was unhappy with the script since he believed it was a big duty to narrate someone’s life narrative in just two hours. Sidharth turned it into a passion project, and he dived freely into Captain Batra’s life and personality.

They worked on the script for a year and a half, and a lot of people came and went to work on it. Sidharth eventually sold the film to Dharma Productions. “It was the most time I’ve ever spent on a film, but it allowed me to get to know Captain Vikram Batra, his family, and his friends better,” he remarked. Sidharth was finally able to fully immerse himself in a role, walking in Captain Batra’s shoes, and it showed. He chatted with Captain Batra’s comrades and immersed himself in the footage, describing how astonished he was by the soldier’s ability to lead from the front. They trained for approximately a month with real drills and army officers who taught them the fundamentals – from how to wield weapons to how to keep them clean.

He was also aware of the emotional intricacy of such a film, which he found overwhelming at times. “It’s nerve-wracking to see that I might be performing my job as an actor, we might be making films, but it’s not just a commercial picture for that family who’s letting us utilise their tale,” he told Indian Express. It’s their narrative, and their son and brother are present. I remember meeting the family when shooting in Palampur, but it was the first time I visited their home. They have a magnificent museum on the first level with all of his possessions, his clothes, camera, journal, medals, it was extremely overwhelming.”

He was out of his element, but he was determined to succeed. The film’s production was very strenuous, as it was shot in the harsh terrains of Kargil. “We were simply acting, it’s nothing compared to what our warriors go through while serving the nation at this height and on such a terrain,” Sidharth said. They don’t have the option of retaking the test. “My admiration for the Indian Army grew significantly,” he told Forbes.

Due of the pandemic, Shershaah received an OTT release, which Sidharth was not used to. His acting in the film, however, got a lot of accolades and made a lot of people cry since he was able to capture Captain Batra’s ardent patriotism as well as his fun-loving side.

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