Shershaah Movie Review
Age Rating: 18+
Streaming Date: 12 Aug 2021
Shershaah Movie Review - A Partly Gripping Patriotic Actioner
Shershah, starring Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani in the lead roles is the first mainstream Bollywood biggie to release directly on OTT since the onset of Covid second wave. Here is our review of
Updated: August 12, 2021 19:56 IST
Shershaah Shershaah Story:
This war drama brings to life the events preceding the historic 1999 Kargil war which will be etched in the hearts of every Indian. The story is narrated in protagonist Vikram Batra’s (Siddharth Malhotra) point of view.
Shershaah Shershaah Review - Analysis:
The historic 1999 Kargil held a great sentimental value and it forms the emotional core of Shershaah, a biographical war drama set in Kargil's war backdrop. Siddharth Malhotra plays Captain Vikram Batra and he delivers a fine performance in this highly challenging role.
The film starts off with scenes related to the childhood of the protagonist. The idea is to get the audience connected to the protagonist, war hero Vikram, played by Siddharth. But these sequences lack any real purpose and get the film off to a rather timid start.
The war episodes which can be termed the cornerstone content in the film are shot on a grand scale. But the intensity of these scenes is subdued largely due to the small screens that we watch them on. The film deserved a theatrical experience.
Given the obvious patriotic angle that is evoked through the Kargil war-related core plot, the film makes packs emotional connect for most parts. The journey of the principal lead character keeps the audience invested. However, the war actioner fails to hold intensity in the penultimate portion. The pre-climax portion, which played an important role in the whole narrative is underwhelming.
Kiara Advani plays a brief yet impactful role. Her on-screen chemistry with Siddharth looks good. The rest of the supporting cast do justice to their roles.
Despite the organic cinematic highs, thanks to the patriotic angle, Shershaah loses steam occasionally, owing to inconsistent writing and unnecessary subplots. The film is a roller coaster ride.
Shershaah Shershaah Review - Verdict:
Shershaah is a partly engaging war-based actioner that is equal parts compelling and bland. The cinematic highs in the war backdrop are good, but the weak start and the occasional hiccups - a result of poorly written subplots play spoilsport. The film is a mixed bag. But you can give it a watch this weekend if you keep your expectations in check.