Shershaah : Mumbai filmmakers repeatedly missed films on Kargil, now Karan Johar's 'Shershah' on test


In the film 'Haqeeqat' made on the Indo-China war or the film 'Border' on the Indo-China war, their directors showed the feelings of the personal life of the soldiers in such a way that they made the audience cry. The history of cinema also says that if war brings water to the eyes, then the box office also tells its story. But, the Hindi cinema of the 21st century has left behind the feelings. Now projects are made here, not movies. Their marketing is like a product. Even the first glimpse of them is usually shown only to those people who can make up the ballads in the glory of this "product". The company which buys the OTT rights of the films, sometimes also becomes the sponsor of the awards received by them. IMDb's fraud has come to the fore now, so in this era of corruption of the criteria, why the cinema made on the Kargi war fails again and again on the test of the audience, let's try to understand.

LOC Kargil (2003)

Director JP Dutta, who made the film "Border" in the year 1997 on the war between India and Pakistan, also made a film on the Kargil war, LOC Kargil. JP Dutta gathered an army of the finest actors of Hindi cinema in the film. Stars like Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Karan Nath, Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Akshaye Khanna, Rani Mukerji, Manoj Bajpayee, Ashutosh Rana, Kareena Kapoor, Esha Deol, Raveena Tandon, and Mahimapreeti Jhangiani That this procession was not received by the audience at the box office. Abhishek Bachchan played the character of Captain Vikram Batra in the film and his character was remembered by the people for a long time but the film did not work. The four-hour-long film could not stand gracefully at the box office even for four weeks.

Sunshine (2003)

This film is mentioned here because on the side effects of war, there is hardly any better film in Hindi cinema than this. Directed by National Award winner Ashwini Chaudhary, the film is not directly based on the Kargil War but the film definitely has a connection to that war. The film is the story of the family of Captain Anuj Nayyar, who was part of the 17 Jat Regiment in the Kargil War. When Anuj Nayyar was martyred in the war, the Government of India gave a petrol pump to his family as a reward. But, the country's bureaucracy throws tantrums in allowing Anuj's family to run that petrol pump. The film revolves around this issue. The film stars Om Puri, Revathi, Gul Panag, Sanjay Suri, and Yashpal Sharma in lead roles. Not many viewers came to see this film at the box office.

Stumped (2003)

Although the genre of this film is a sports drama, the story is also related to the Kargil war. The film stars Ali Khan and Raveena Tandon in lead roles. Directed by Gaurav Pandey, both the 1999 Cricket World Cup and the Kargil War try to make an impact in this film. While on one hand, people were wishing for India's victory in the Cricket World Cup, on the other hand, the main character of the film Reena R Seth was wishing for the victory of her husband Major Raghav Seth, who was fighting the war in Kargil. No one even knew when the film came and went. Yes, even after the film's release from theatres, its huge poster was definitely visible to the people near Juhu Chowpatty for weeks.

Lakshya (2004)

The film Lakshya is definitely inspired by the Kargil war but its story is completely fictional. The film stars Karan Shergill, a dysfunctional boy who has no goals in life. He joins the Indian Army with such fun. But, when he comes to know that a soldier's life is very difficult, he leaves the army. Because of doing such a thing, his girlfriend Romil Dutta gets away from him. To prove himself brave in the eyes of his girlfriend, Karan rejoins the army and also fights the Kargil war. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, the film stars Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Amitabh Bachchan, etc. in the lead roles. Even so many big stars could not get rid of this film from the box office curse meted by the films made on Kargil. The film was a flop.

Tango Charlie (2005)

When the Kargil war broke out between India and Pakistan, there were riots all over the country. The film Tango Charlie also encompasses those riots with the Kargil War. The story of the film is of Tarun Chauhan, a BSF jawan. After fighting many challenges, Tarun is sent to Kargil along with his battalion. There he has to face some new challenges and the same challenges also decide his luck. Directed by Mani Shankar, the film stars Bobby Deol, Ajay Devgan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Nandana Sen, and Tanisha Mukherjee in lead roles. The film was a ruckus at the box office on the first weekend as well.

Seasons (2011)

Veteran actor Pankaj Kapur, along with his son Shahid Kapoor, made his directorial debut and made the film "Mausam; (Mausam), Kargil war has a small part in this movie. In the film, Ayat is a Kashmiri girl who falls in love with Squadron Leader Harendra Singh. To make the love story of these two interesting, not one but many big problems are shown which include Babri demolition, Mumbai riots, 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, Kargil war, 9/11 attack, and Godhra incident. After dealing with all these troubles, there is a happy ending in the life of Aayat and Harendra. The film stars Shahid Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Shyam Munshi, Supriya Pathak, and Anupam Kher in lead roles. People liked its songs a lot before the release of the film, but when the film was released, many people did not even go to the theaters to see it.

Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl (2020)

Actress Janhvi Kapoor's film 'Gunjan Saxena The Kargil Girl' was the first film made on Kargil which people liked. The film could not release in theaters and was released directly on OTT. People liked the performance of Janhvi Kapoor playing Gunjan Saxena in the film and her father Pankaj Tripathi also helped a lot in strengthening the film. This story is of Gunjan Saxena, who was an Air Force pilot in the Kargil war. Gunjan Saxena was one of the first women in the Air Force to fly in wartime.

Sher Shah

This film of Karan Johar is being told the biography of Captain Vikram Batra, who played an important role in the Kargil war. The Indian Army is also helping Karan Johar in the promotion of the film. The trailer of the film was also launched in Kargil with the help of the Indian Army, although Vikram Batra's character actor Siddharth Malhotra is not being liked by the people. The film was scheduled to release on July 3 last year, but due to the coronavirus, the film's release has been postponed. Completely ready, this film lying in the box for one and a half years has been bought by Prime Video by paying a huge amount. Karan Johar has generally been creating entertainment content for OTT Netflix, his first association with Prime Video. Along with Siddharth Malhotra, the film stars Kiara Advani, Shiv Pandit, etc. in important roles.