We all know that Sidharth Malhotra will star in the biopic of Kargil war hero – Captain Vikram Batra. The actor has been preparing for the role since quite some time. In the latest update on this film, Karan Johar has come on board as one of the producers. Shabbir Boxwala is also producing the yet untitled film, which will be directed by Vishnu Varadhan. “Time to relive-Yeh Dil Mangey More,” Karan wrote in his tweet as he made the official announcement. ’90s kids will know about Dil Maange More. For the uninitiated, the slogan was coined in 1998 for a cola brand. It became so popular that it became a battle slogan and rallying cry, first used by Captain Vikram Batra, during the 1999 Kargil War and widely reported in the media. Captain Batra was killed during the war in July 1999 and he was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India’s highest military honour.
Talking about his preparations, Sidharth, in a conversation with PTI in January this year said, “Movies have a great impact, they live for long. There is a pressure of living up to the idea of what their son has done. That is why we are taking more time to start the film. We want to work properly on the story. It is not a fictitious story that I want to jump into it. I hope whenever the film comes out the family is happy and proud.” ALSO READ: SCOOP: Former students Sidharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan to make a comeback in Student of the Year 2, here’s how!
This is Sidharth’s first biopic and he will play a double role in the film, where he will portray both Vikram and his twin, Vishal. “This is my first biopic and I am super excited for it. He has a brother but the film is predominately about Captain Vikram. We are planning how to cleverly deal with it (double roles). He impacted so many people in the Army. I won’t say he is a personality that everybody knows but I felt it was a story that needed to be told. I found his story fascinating,” the actor was further quoted as saying.
Talking about his preps, he had said, “I have started training in a way by going to border areas, meeting BSF jawans, seeing their lifestyle, discipline and training. So in my own head the little bit of homework has started by observing people.”