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- Vikram Batra was born on September 9, 1974, in Himachal Pradesh, and grew up in the lovely hill station of Palampur. He was the elder of twin sons born to Girdhari Lal Batra, a government school principal, and Kamal Kant, a school teacher.
- Vikram was a popular student among his peers and teachers since he was an all-rounder at school, excelling in academics as well as sports and extracurricular activities. He was named the top NCC cadet in north India, and he also held a green belt in karate and competed at the national level in table tennis.
- Captain Vikram Batra began his military career on December 6, 1997, with the Indian Army’s Jammu and Kashmir Rifles’ 13th battalion. Captain Batra was stationed in Uttar Pradesh during the 1999 Kargil war when he was called to join the forces in the Dras sector.
There were several heroes of the 1999 Kargil war and captain Vikram Batra , who sacrificed his life for India while fighting Pakistani intruders, was also one among them. After the Kargil war, Captain Batra was posthumously honored with India’s highest military award Param Veer Chakra.
Born on September 9, 1974, Captain Batra started his military life on December 6, 1997 with the 13th battalion of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles of Indian Army. Captain Batra was posted in Uttar Pradesh when he was summoned to join the troops in Dras sector during 1999 Kargil war.
Captain Vikram Batra reached Dras on June 6 and was kept on the reserve for the 2nd battalion of Rajputana Rifles. He was reporting to 56 Mountain Brigade at that time. As Kargil War progressed, the 2nd battalion of Rajputana Rifles was tasked to recapture the Tololing mountain ridge from Pakistani intruders. He was given the code name ‘Shershaah’ by his senior.
On June 20, Captain Vikram Batra led his team to regain control of the Peak 5140. Captain vikram Batra led from the front and also engaged in hand-to-hand combat with Pakistani intruders. He later sent out the message in codeword ‘Yeh Dil Maange More’ to inform his seniors that Indian troops had recaptured Peak 5140.
Captain vikram Batra was then given the task of hoisting the Indian flag at Point 4875. On July 7, Captain Vikram Batra and his team started the mission to reclaim Point 4875, which is located in Mushkoh Valley.
Point 4875 is around 16,000 feet high and the battle to reclaim this peak turned very dangerous as Pakistani intruders kept firing at Captain vikram Batra and his team from machine gun. One of Captain Vikram Batra’s team members suffered a bullet injury in his leg and he ran to save his life. Just when Captain Vikram Batra was trying to drag his team member to safety he was attacked by Pakistani intruders. Captain Vikram Batra succeeded in saving himself from the bullets but a splinter from a rocket-propelled grenade hit him in the head and he was martyred immediately.
Captain Vikram Batra was posthumously conferred with the Param Vir Chakra on August 15, 1999 by the then President KR Narayanan. “Captain Vikram Batra displayed the most conspicuous personal bravery and leadership of the highest order in the face of the enemy and made the supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” his award citation read.
Captain Vikram Batra Biopic Movie Shershaah
Shershaah is a Bollywood movie 2021 is directed by Tamil filmmaker Vishnuvardhan who is making his Bollywood directorial debut. This biographical war action drama is based on the life of the army captain and Param Vir Chakra awardee captain Vikram Batra.
This new Hindi movie features Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani in the lead roles. In the movie, you will witness Sidharth Malhotra in a double role by the name Vikram and Vishal who is his identical twin brother. The movie is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
The movie is produced by Dharma Productions and Kaash Entertainment and we’re eagerly waiting for the movie to release on celluloid.
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