Sidharth Malhotra is moving from strength to strength. ‘A Gentleman’ (2017) has come and gone, but the in-demand actor has ‘Ittefaq’ and ‘Aiyaary’ coming up soon. And reports read that he has signed his next; a biopic on Kargil martyr, Captain Vikram Batra.
A source reveals Malhotra has been in talks for the role, “for quite some time,” adding, “he loves the script and feels that Vikram’s is a heroic story that needs to be told. Whatever happens, it will be him, who plays the role. He’s tight-lipped about the project for now, but he has given it the green signal.”
The late Captain Batra’s bravery is well known within the army, reports Bollywood Life. Malhotra is well aware of this thanks to his background (his grandfather was in the army). “He understands the space and the emotions attached to it. He’s done his research on Batra and is raring to go,” says the source. Batra, who lost his life on the battlefield, during the Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan was awarded the Param Vir Chakra. Such was his valour that he was referred to as ‘Sher Shah’ in the intercepted messages exchanged by the members of the Pakistani Army.
The source adds, “Sidharth has been offered biopics, but he was keen on doing an inspirational story — and what better than one on Captain Vikram Batra’s life! Aiyaary is based on real incidents, but this will be a proper biography on screen — Sid’s first.”
Interestingly, after ‘A Gentleman’, Malhotra will again have a double role in the biopic. “Captain Batra has an identical twin brother, Vishal. Sid will play Vishal in the film as well,” concludes the source.
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