Some powerful dialogues from ‘Shershaah’ that were, in reality, said by Captain Vikram Batra

Here are some dialogues that were said by Captain Vikram Batra in real life.

Shershaah, a film based on the life of Indian Army Captain Vikram Batra, starring Sidharth Malhotra in the titular role, showcases Capt. Batra’s unparalleled strength and undeniable wit, even in the face of extreme danger. The director of the film was Vishnuvardhan.

While one may think some of the dialogues are an example of Bollywood taking creative freedom, instances shared by family, friends, and fellow soldiers prove, Captain Batra was not one to shy away from risks. Or to not laugh in the face of death.

For instance, the following dialogues used in the films was in reality spoken by the brave Capt. Batra in actual life: 

1. When a bullet meant for Vikram hit another soldier. 

In the movie, the actor was seen saying the dialogue to his Captain Jamwal (both are Lieutenants at the time) but in real life, Captain Batra said this to his sister over a phone call.

The original dialogue was: 

Didi, it was meant for me, and I lost my man.

2. When he bravely talked about his own death, to his friend. 

Triranga lehrake aaunga, nahi toh usmein lipat ke aaunga. Lekin aaunga zarur. 

3. Vikram Batra actually chose the Pepsi slogan, Yeh Dil Maange More, as his success signal. 

Captain Batra shared this with journalist Barkha Dutta when she interviewed him after the successful capture of Point 5140. 

4. The entire interview was recreated in the film, including the part where he talked about his codename being intercepted by Pakistani soldiers, and his troops’ reaction to their threats.

The dialogue used in the movie was: A Pakistani officer or soldier, whosoever he was, called me by a code name, ‘Shershaah’ . saying, “You better not come up.” That is the time they gave us a challenge, and my boys went wild.

5. Captain Batra’s ‘interesting’ exchange with a Pakistani officer over Madhuri Dixit.  

In the middle of the fight, Captain Batra served a fitting reply to a Pakistani soldier’s arrogant claim on what could make the war stop. 

The dialogue was: 

Officer- Madhuri Dixit humein dede. Allah ki kasam, hum sab yaha se chale jaenge. 

Batra: Madhuri Dixit doosri tarah ki shooting mein busy hai, filhaal isse kaam chala lo.

However, it didn’t stop just there. Batra also shot the officer at point-blank range and claimed it was a ‘gift’ from Madhuri Dixit.

In real life, Captain Batra’s twin, Vishal Batra, recounted this story during a TedX talk on his brother. And instead of a gun, Batra had thrown a hand grenade at a Pakistani bunker, while saying these same words. 

Vikram lobbed a hand-grenade very softly and said, “To all of you, with love, from Madhuri Dixit”.  

6. When Vikram Batra saved the life of a fellow soldier, risking his own life in the process. 

Batra: Jitna kiya utna bahut hai buddy… Take him down, take him down.

Kargil War Veteran, Capt. Naveen Nagappa, shared with Humans of Bombay the exact words Captain Batra said to him:

Anna, you must go down. You must get treated. I’ll sort these buggers out!

7. When he stopped another soldier from going ahead of him because he had a wife and kids to go back to.

Dialogue: Raghu saab ruko. Aap baal bache wale ho, mai jaata hu.

Capt. Batra, who was posthumously awarded the Param Vir Chakra, attained martyrdom while recapturing Point 4875. But the nation is forever indebted to him, and his supreme sacrifice can never be forgotten. 

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