After the war came to an end, four soldiers were conferred with the India's highest military award, Param Vir Chakra on January 26, 2000. Rifleman, Sanjay Kumar is one of those soldiers who received the prestigious honour from the government of India and whose role Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty played in LoC Kargil, 2003 Bollywood film.
OneIndia had an exclusive chat with soldier, "a cliff hanger", Sanjay Singh, who belonged from 13th Battalion, Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, on the 15th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas.
On slain Captain Vikram Batra
Sanjay Singh, who visits Kargil every year, shared his memories of late Captain Viktam Batra.
"We both were very close, but our regiments were different and we still used to take out some time to talk together", he said.
"Captain Batra was a young talented officer who was very polite and kind hearted with everyone. I could not believe that he had martyred his life during the war. Even today, I miss him a lot", he said.
"Whenever I come to Kargil and Dras, I feel both happy and sad. The fact that we stormed out enemies from our border makes me feel elated and at the same time, the fact that we lost our many brave soldiers, makes me feel very sad", he said.
"My eyes become moist when I think about that time and it is hard to express it in words. 15-year-old wounds have still not healed", he said.
"I saw death from close, so it is like my second birth. I saw many soldiers taking their last breath in front of my eyes", he said.
Sunil Shetty performed my role in LoC Kargil
"Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty essayed my character in LoC Kargil, the 2003 film directed by JP Dutta", he said.
On being asked how he felt when he saw his character in a film, he said, "Sunil Shetty met me and I spend some days in Mumbai."
He told me that "with this film, we want to pay tribute to our soldiers. Our work is nothing in front of the contribution of our army and our soldiers."