On Kargil Vijay Diwas, Sidharth Malhotra said: "It's a sacrifice that we must always remember and ho
In an exclusive interview for Kargil Vijay Diwas, actor Sidharth Malhotra discusses how the significance of the day has evolved since he learned about the sacrifices while filming Shershaah.
The importance and relevance of Kargil Vijay Diwas have changed for actor Sidharth Malhotra. This is because his last movie, Shershaah, exposed him to the sacrifices, conflicts, and bravery of the gallant men and women who fought in the Kargil War on a more intimate level (2021). He portrayed Captain Vikram Batra, who perished in the 1999 conflict, in the film. He claims that no Indian should ever forget the sacrifice.
"After filming for Shershaah, I then had the chance to attend the Kargil Vijay Diwas ceremony there last year among the relatives of all the brave souls who gave their lives in battle and the Indian Army authorities... On many respects, it was a really emotional time for me," Malhotra tells us.
"I could really identify with the effort and sacrifice of the Indian Army, and today with the meaning and significance of honouring Kargil Vijay Diwas," the 37-year-old explains. We must honour and remember this sacrifice. After getting to know a war hero's life so well, I find it to be incredibly precious, and I believe every Indian should respect it.
Through the movie Shershaah, the actor told the real story of Captain Vikram Batra, who was killed while taking part in the action in the Kargil War in 1999.
The actor reflects on his time in the Kargil region, saying, "Meeting with different army troops and their family members has given me such an intriguing and in depth insight into what our Indian Armed forces across the country do, and the work and resources that go into it."
I have spent so many years as Captain Vikram Batra that the character is very personal to me. Malhotra, who has demonstrated her mettle time and time again, says, "It has definitely impacted my view toward the armed services and towards the effort that our country does.in works like Ek Villain, Hasee Toh Phasee, and Kapoor & Sons with his characters once more.
Malhotra feels incredibly honoured to be a citizen and believes that we "ought to respect the freedom that we have and need to appreciate the sacrifices that were made."
"My grandpa served in the Indian Army, so I have military roots. I regret not having had the opportunity to live that life. I did, however, get a very small taste of what it's like to be an army officer playing the part of Vikram Batra. That is something I will always value, appreciate, and be thankful for. The fact that India has such a fantastic military makes me incredibly happy to be an Indian, he says.
Malhotra now wishes for the Kargil region to prosper and establish itself as a "wonderful tourism attraction."
"Kargil is regarded as more than just a battleground; it has a variety of other aspects as well. Yes, it is a battleground where we happily prevailed despite losing a lot of our heroes. The actor, who is now filming Thank God, Mission Majnu Yodha, and the web project Indian Police Force, believes that Kargil has a lot more to give.
Malhotra expresses his thoughts by saying, "There are several fantastic mountain peaks, which are very picturesque and distinctive. The area may be promoted as a fantastic tourism attraction with the proper backing and push.
"I had the chance to speak with some of the locals, who were quite friendly. I believe the area has much more potential than merely being remembered as an Indian-Pakistani battleground. We should never forget this occasion since it is one of which we are incredibly proud and respectful. But there are various ways we might approach it. I'm hoping Kargil now thrives," he concludes, adding that he hopes it will become a new filming "site to shoot." Hindi songs” in the coming future.