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Sidharth Malhotra to play Vikram Batra in biopic, Yeh Dil Mangey More

Titled 'Ye Dil Mangey More', the film will be directed by Vishnu Varadhan, and produced jointly by Dharma Productions and Shabbir Boxwala. 

Shriram Iyengar

After playing an army officer in Aiyaary (2018), actor Sidharth Malhotra is set to repeat the role again with Ye Dil Mangey More. The film will be based on the life and heroics of 'Sher Shah' Vikram Batra. Directed by Vishnu Varadhan, the film will be jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Shabbir Boxwala. 

The title of the film refers to the witty comeback that Batra gave to the media, after a major victory during the Kargil war in 1998. On being asked how he felt after the victory, Batra had famously replied 'Yeh Dil Mangey More' a reference to the famous cola commercial on television during the same period. 

Batra was awarded the Param Vir Chakra, India's highest honour for his actions in the Kargil War in 1999. He perished at the age of 24 during a skirmish, while attempting to rescue an injured soldier. 

The film will also see Malhotra reuniting with his mentor, Karan Johar, under the latter's banner, Dharma Productions. The actor has also been in touch with Batra's girlfriend, Dimple, and his brother, Vishal, who are offering suggestions to the film's cast and crew.