India remembers Kargil war hero Vikram Batra on birth anniversary
- September 9 marks the 47th birth anniversary of Captain Vikram Batra
- He attained martyrdom on the battlefield during the Kargil war in 1999
- Captain Vikram Batra was a Param Vir Chakra awardee
September 9 marks the 47th birth anniversary of India's Kargil War hero Captain Vikram Batra. While the whole world is well aware of what a braveheart the young officer was, very few people know that martyr Vikarma Batra could drive a jeep with one hand and aim an AK 47 gun with the other hand.
"Among many things that Vikram perfected was the art of driving a jeep with one hand and looking at the aim and shooting with his AK47 with the other hand,” late Captain Vikram Batra's brother Vishal told in his TEDx talk in 2017.
AK 47 is approximately 4.78 kgs and at least 87 cm in size.
If the brave officer was alive today, he would have turned 47. However, the echo of his bravery and patriotism can never die. Remembering the war hero of India many celebrities including his screen face Siddharth Malhotra took to social media to pay tribute to the Kargil Hero on his Birth Anniversary.
"Dear Shershaah, They say that those who touch our lives, stay in our hearts forever. And Captain Vikram Batra, you have touched our lives immensely with you valour, wisdom, charm & love for the nation. You will stay in our hearts forever...In your loving memory, Jai Hind, wrote Siddharth Malhotra who played Vikram Batra in his biopic 'Shershaah.'
Shershaah, also starring Kiara Advani, released on Amazon Prime Video on August 12, became an instant hit among the fans owing to the officer's charismatic personality and heroic bravery the protagonist with an IMDb rating of 8.8.
Meanwhile, cricketer Virendra Sehwag also paid respects to Vikram Batra on his birth anniversary.
"Tributes to Kargil war hero, Captain #VikramBatra PVC on his 47th birth anniversary. At the age of 24, He sacrificed his life for our motherland with a smile on his face! Yeh Dil Maange More. Naman to all the great soldiers. Aap hain, toh Hum hain ," wrote Sehwag.
Captain Vikram Batra, a Param Vir Chakra awardee, attained martyrdom on the battlefield during the Kargil war with Pakistan on July 7, 1999.