Dimple Cheema in Shershaah: If Shershaah is the story of Kargil war hero Vikram Batra it is also the story of Dimple Cheema. A woman with tremendous guts, who choose to remain unmarried after the love of her life was martyred in the Kargil war of 1999. She has stayed away from the limelight all these years. Kiara Advani’s portrayal of her has been equally appreciated as much as Sidharth Malhotra’s Batra.
For everyone who has watched the movie, Kiara Advani’s Cheema has made an indelible mark. A martyred soldier‘s wife has been acknowledged by society for the unending struggle she faces to survive her loss. But how often is the grief of women like Cheema acknowledged? Is her heartbreak and loss any less from those who are socially married? Shershaan even though is a war movie must be acknowledged for its emotional and sensitive storytelling as the love story of Vikram and Dimple is an integral part of it. It is refreshing that Bollywood is acknowledging such real-life stories. Batra’s father Giridhar Lal Batra told the TOI that they were kept in the loop and are satisfied with the casting of the film. He also revealed that Dimple Cheema “calls up about twice in a year on our respective birthdays”.
Cheema has lived life on her own choices and held her head high. Giridhar Lal Batra further spoke about how he and his wife and Dimple Cheema’s parents wanted her to move on with her life after Vikram was martyred in the Kargil war. However, she was certain she wanted to remain unwed and live with his memories.
Kiara Advani has been bestowed with compliments for her portrayal of Dimple Cheema. Talking to Mid-Day, the actor revealed that Cheema loved the songs in the film Shershaah. Advani said she had messaged her after the film was released. She said, “I know the songs have deeply touched her. She must be proud that the story is resonating with people”. Cheema is a private person and the actor revealed that she respects it.