Salman Khan wanted to launch brother-in-law Aayush Sharma through ‘Shershaah’ as Vikram Batra

Shabbir Boxwala, producer of ‘Shershaah,’ revealed in an interview that Salman Khan wanted his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma to play the lead.

On 12 August, Sidharth Malhotra’s Shershaah based on the real-life of Indian Army Captain Vikram Batra was released on Amazon Prime Video. The film was lead by Vishnuvardhan and received positive responses from critics and audiences alike, and everybody praised Malhotra for his realistic portrayal of the Indian army captain who shed his life for the nation.

While the actor has done justice with the character, Bollywood actor Salman Khan had once envisioned the biopic of Vikram Batra with his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma in the lead.
The producer of the film, Shabbir Boxwala revealed this to MiD Day. He said Salman Khan had suggested Aayush Sharma’s name for the film. He revealed the superstar had hoped that Aayush Sharma would make his debut in Bollywood with a patriotic film. But by then, Shabbir Boxwala had pitched in the name of Sidharth Malhotra to Captain Vikram Batra’s family.

“Salman approached me at a stage when I was in talks with Junglee Pictures. He wanted Shershaah to be Aayush’s debut film, and wanted to partner with me on it,” he told Mid-Day. However, the family unanimously seconded on the idea of Sidharth playing the Param Vir Chakra awardee by then, and a meeting between the actor and the family was already arranged.

“It would have been highly unethical to drop him for another actor. When Captain Batra’s family gave me the rights, it was a big moment for me. They showed immense trust in me, and I didn’t want to go wrong at any step. I explained [my predicament] to Salman, who was understanding. Aayush was sweet and sportingly said that playing a double role in his debut movie might be [a tall order],” he added.

Aayush Sharma made his debut in Loveyatri which was produced by Salman Khan’s production house Salman Khan Films. Warina Hussain also acted with him. He will be seen next in Antim: The Final Truth co-starring Salman Khan.

Apart from Sidharth Malhotra, Shershaah also stars Kiara Advani, Nikitin Dheer, Anil Charanjeet, Himmanshoo A. Malhotra, and Raj Arjun in other crucial roles.


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