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Not Sidharth Malhotra! Salman Khan wished Aayush Sharma as Vikram Batra in Shershaah; Producer Shabbir Boxwala revealed

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In the film ‘Shershaah‘ streaming on Amazon Prime video featuring Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani in lead roles, producer Shabbir Boxwala uncovered that Salman Khan had approached him with the idea of casting Aayush Sharma, his brother in law as Captain Vikram Batra. 

Sidharth Malhotra receives favorable reviews for Shershaah


However, Sidharth Malhotra has been receiving favorable reviews for his performance in ‘Shershaah’, there was a time when Salman Khan envisioned Captain Vikram Batra’s biopic with his brother-in-law, actor Aayush Sharma in the lead. 

Shabbir Boxwala revealed that Salman approach him for his brother in law

Shershaah producer, Shabbir Boxwala has revealed that the well-known Bollywood actor Salman Khan had approached him and suggested Aayush’s name in place of Sidharth Malhotra.

In a recent interview, the producer said, Salman Khan wished that the patriotic film would be his brother-in-law’s red carpet to Bollywood. However, Boxwala had already pitched Sidharth Malhotra’s name to Vikram Batra’s family.

Salman Khan Sidharth The North-Eastern Chronicle

“Salman approached me at a stage when I was in talks with Junglee Pictures. He wanted “Shershaah to be Aayush’s [Sharma] debut film, and wanted to partner with me on it,” he told Mid-Day. 

Regardless, the family endorsed the idea of Sidharth playing the Param Vir Chakra awardee by then, and a meeting was already arranged between the actor and the family.

Also Read: Movie Review: ‘Shershaah’: An inspiring war drama of Martyr Captain Vikram Batra, which you definitely don’t want to miss!

Indeed a big moment for him

He regarded this as a big moment and said that “It would have been highly unethical to drop him for another actor. When Captain Batra’s family gave me the rights, it was a big moment for me. They showed immense trust in me, and I didn’t want to go wrong at any step.”

“I explained [my predicament] to Salman, who was understanding. Aayush was sweet and sportingly said that playing a double role in his debut movie might be [a tall order],” he further added.

Aayush Sharma made his debut with Loveyatri under Salman Khan’s production house Salman Khan Films, along with Warina Hussain. The movie was screened by critics and did not perform at the box office. The actor’s upcoming film is Antrim: The Final Truth, co-starring Salman.

Meanwhile, Sidharth and his Shershaah co-star Kiara Advani have been receiving positive reviews from fans and friends. Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra’s ex-girlfriend took to Instagram over the weekend and applauded the actors and suggested the film to her fans. 

Whereas, Shah Rukh Khan also tweeted about Sidharth’s performance in the film and praises him.

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