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Kargil Vijay Diwas: Nimrat Kaur has mixed emotions about the war

Actor Nimrat Kaur recalls the time of Kargil War and how the sacrifice of Captain Vijayant Thapar had led to sadness in the area that Nimrat was living in.

bollywood Updated: Jul 26, 2017 07:33 IST
Samarth Goyal
Samarth Goyal
Hindustan Times
Nimrat Kaur,Bollywood,Indian Army
Actor Nimrat Kaur was in school when the Kargil war took place.

Nimrat Kaur was 17-years-old and “still in school” at the time of the Kargil War. The 35-year old remembers how the war brought a lot of mixed feelings for her. “We were living in Noida, and I remember when the war was going on, I was still in school. Captain Vijayant Thapar, who sacrificed his life during the war lives in our area, so, even though the country won the war, I had mixed feelings about it,” she says.

For the uninitiated, Captain Thapar laid down his life while leading a Rajputana Rifles regiment in an attack on Tololing Peak during the Kargil War on June 29th, 1999. He was 22. He was posthumously awarded the
Vir Chakra.

“Of course, there was this feeling of pride, knowing that soldiers had battled so bravely and we had won the war. But there was also a sense of loss and sadness after the unfortunate news of Captain Thapar’s death and everyone was sad because of that,” Nimrat recalls.

Nimrat, who lost her father, an army officer, in a terrorist attack in Kashmir in 1994 when she was only 12 years old, knows the value of a soldier’s supreme sacrifice. Although the actor is not happy that the country doesn’t remember their contribution often, she is happy that Vijay Diwas is celebrated to honour their memories.

“I don’t think we should need a particular day in a year to celebrate what our soldiers do and talk about their sacrifices. But it’s a good thing to remember them nonetheless, and the importance of their sacrifice for our country,” she says.

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First Published: Jul 26, 2017 07:29 IST