Vikram Batra was born in a middle class family and achieved great heights in the Indian Army at a young age with his never ending determination, immense courage and leadership quality. The Kargil War hero, who gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country, was from the Himachal Pradesh village of Ghuggar, which is close to Palampur.
India lost this lionhearted son on July 7, 1999, during the Kargil war. Captain Batra received the Param Vir Chakra, the highest gallantry award, in recognition of his heroic sacrifice.
Many may not know the fact that Captain Vikram, nicknamed SHERSHAH among his pals, was a green belt holder in karate and martial arts. He was also a national level tennis player.
He was also awarded as the best NCC cadet (Air Wing) of Punjab Directorate, North Zone, while he was in college. Since childhood, he wanted to join Indian Army as an officer. His dream finally comes true in 1996 when he joined the Indian Military Academy (Dehradun) as a lieutenant. In the academy, Vikram Batra was chosen as a part of the Jessore Company of Manekshaw Battalion and he got commissioned into 13 JAK Rifles.
Vikram Batra excelled academically and in sports while he was a student. Vikram Batra was promoted to captain after his victory at Point 5140. He was given the code name SHERSHAH after engaging in close combat with many hostile forces.
His combat name was taken as reference of his biopic SHERSHAH . Sandeep Shrivastava wrote the screenplay and Vishnuvardhan, in his first Hindi film, served as director. Sidharth Malhotra portrayed the primary character of Vikram Batra, and Kiara Advani played his lady love, Dimple Cheema.