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Captain Vikram Batra’s Brother Vishal Batra Says, ‘My Parents And I Told Dimple To Move On And Get Married’

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The movie Shershaah, the biopic of martyr Captain Vikram Batra is streaming on Prime Video. The audience is liking the film. Shershaah stars Sidharth Malhotra, and Kiara Advani. It is directed by Vishnuvardhan and produced by Dharma Productions. The love story of Captain Vikram Batra and Dimple Cheema is too emotional. Captain Vikram Batra martyred while fighting in the 1999 Kargil War. He was posthumously awarded India’s highest military honor for wartime valor, the Param Vir Chakra. Some reports suggest that Vikram Batra and Dimple Cheema were engaged. However, in a recent interview with ETimes, Vishal Batra, Captain Vikram Batra’s brother clarified it. He said,

Dimple and Vikram were not engaged. It hurts to read wrong reports in the media and I just hope that everyone who matters is reading this and does not do goof-ups in their write-ups hereafter. People who have written that she was his mangetar (fiancée) have just been silly.

I must clarify here that the picture of Dimple too that has been floating in the media, where it is claimed in a group picture that she’s standing beside my brother- is not the correct one. That girl is Sidharth’s classmate and not Dimple.

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Vishal Batra also talked about how the last rites scenes were shot in Palanpur in the same crematorium where Vikram’s last rites were performed. He added,

“That I guess was the most difficult scene to shoot. About 30,000 people were gathered. Yes, I helped the ‘Shershaah’ makers to obtain the required permission. And, there were real Army personnel and a few local personnel from Palanpur as well who were in attendance in that scene; they had to pass by the spot where the soldier lay.

Actually, the makers of ‘Shershaah’ got stuck in many places. I then did my bit to call up the Army officials. I wanted to do this for my brother. I wanted to see Vikram again.”

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When Vishal Batra was asked at any point after Captain Vikram Batra’s demise, he told Dimple Cheema to get married? Vishal answered,

“Yes, I did. Even my parents told her.”

Vishal Batra also talked about he arranged the meeting between reel life Dimple Cheema played by Kiara Advani and real-life Dimple Cheema. He added,

“Kiara met Dimple one-on-one at her hotel. I think they chatted for 3-4 hours at least.”

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Vishal Batra also said he clearly remembers the last words from Dimple before Vikram Batra passed away. He said,

“I remember Dimple and I were having lunch together, six days before the ill-fated day. She had come to see me off; I was headed to Delhi for some work. She told me: ‘Jab Vikram vapas aa jayega toh aap hamari shaadi mein nachoge na?’ (After Vikram comes back, you’ll dance at our wedding na?). I said, ‘Of course, nachunga’ (I will definitely dance).”

Shershaah is Sidharth Malhotra’s best performance to date.  The valor and sacrifice of Captain Vikram Batra in the movie will make you emotional.

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