Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Release Date: 22nd July, 2022
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Vaani Kapoor
Writer/Director: Karan Malhotra
Producer/s: Aditya Chopra
Plot: Directed by Karan Malhotra, who directed the blockbuster Agneepath, Shamshera is a desi, high-octane masala film and it is slated to release on 22nd July, 2022. An edge of the seat adventure, it is set in the heartland of India and will have jaw-dropping action sequences and a never seen before Ranbir Kapoor. Sanjay Dutt takes on Ranbir as he plays a ruthless, merciless villain in the film.
Star cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Ronit Roy, Vaani Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla & others
Director: Karan Malhotra
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Shamshera Box Office Review: Expectations
After giving a blockbuster like Sanju, the fan following and status of Ranbir Kapoor have definitely seen a tremendous hike. When announced back in 2018, the film did generate some talks but things changed when the Covid pandemic spoiled all the plans. Due to a major delay, the magnum opus started giving a vibe of a ‘dabba band’ film and its anticipation got buried due to biggies that arrived in 2021 and this year.
The trailer wasn’t very well cut and lacked an exciting punch. It just received an average response from the viewers. Sadly, even the songs failed to create any hype despite Mithoon being the main composer. Not that everything went dull as the film did fetch some sort of attention with Ranbir and the team promoting it across major cities.
Despite being projected as a magnum opus, the film failed in generating the pre-release heat, leaving it with an impression of an average to decent grosser.
Shamshera Box Office Review: Impact
Shamshera has opened to a low start in the morning. No, it’s not a dead start like some recent Bollywood releases, but it’s not up to the mark considering Ranbir Kapoor’s face value and him making a big-screen comeback after 4 years. On top of that, word-of-mouth is poor too.
Yes, YRF’s magnum opus falls flat in offering engaging content, thus nullifying the chance of witnessing a huge jump over the opening weekend. Post the first weekend, the road is tough for Ranbir Kapoor’s dacoit drama. It’s heading to be a one-week affair and all the talks will settle down once Ek Villain Returns and Vikrant Rona arrive next week.
Shamshera Box Office Review: Final Verdict
The year 2022 hasn’t been that good for Bollywood with just a few box office successes and lots of biggies crashing down. After Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 became a super hit, JugJugg Jeeyo did bring the audience to theatres and numbers kept ticking in. There were hopes from Ranbir’s comeback film, but the wait continues for a much-needed commercial success for Bollywood.
Shamshera is another biggie of 2022 which will come crashing down at the box office after adding some numbers initially. It’s looking to settle down in the range of 40-55 crores.
Shamshera Movie Review Rating:
Star Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Vaani, SANJAY DUTT, Saurabh Shukla (who is not a hakla) & far too many dumb Brits (Though they never apologised for whatever they did to us, but I’m extremely sorry for this film)
Director: Karan Malhotra (the one who gave us one of the best commercial potboilers in Bollywood, Agneepath, although the skeleton of its story was of course adapted by the OG)
What’s Good: Sanjay Dutt playing a roaring character for the 4675th time & still making it believable, visuals so good that I might have appreciated the film if I was deaf (along with dumb maybe)
What’s Bad: The production house’s decision of coming up with such a film even after the massive failure of Thugs Of Hindostan is the beginning of bad things for the film.
Loo Break: *Breaks – Multiple. Many.
Watch or Not?: Only if you still haven’t watched Thugs Of Hindostan & are still someone who visits the cinema hall just for the visuals!
Available On: Theatrical Release
Runtime: 157 minutes
Shamshera (Ranbir Kapoor) is the leader of the Khameran tribe situated in as North, the North India goes, who sacrifices himself for his people’s independence. Following the age-old trope of ‘son fulfilling father’s unfulfilled dreams’ & 25 years later (set in the early 1800s), we see Balli who earns his leaving by stealing expensive things (and that’s what he teaches the kids of his tribe).
For some reason, Balli always declines to be a part of the Khameran tribe (which Ranbir should’ve done with the film), but somehow he keeps coming back to ‘his people’. He keeps stalking a dancer Sona (Vaani Kapoor), asking her to marry him because he’ll be a king one day. His dream of serving the British army doesn’t serve him well after he faces Shuddh Singh (Sanjay Dutt) who’s also the killer of his father btw. Rest y’all smart enough to know the drill, how a legend always rises to save his tribe and what happens next.
Shamshera Movie Review: Script Analysis
Written by Neelesh Misra & Khila Bisht, it’s not Sanjay Dutt who’s the actual villain of this film. Misra, an extremely talented lyric-writer & his college friend Bisht fall into trap of ‘too much to say, too less to express’. There’s a clear lack in the sense of direction of where should this story go. If you’re saying, it’s a father-son film, at least take some time to build an emotional connection between the viewers with them? Or if you’re trying to narrate a story of a rebel against the mighty British government, at least make the motive clear so that it’s either too relatable or too heroic to connect.
Anay Goswamy’s (Fitoor, Super 30 fame) cinematography along with the film’s background score save some stars for the film. Amid the opaque, cloudy mountains of Nubra Valley, the film starts on an extremely promising note which gave me confidence that Karan would repeat the Agneepath magic but as the film progresses the certainty I had started falling like rocks from Leh’s mountains. With lines like “Ghee daal diya garam garam, aati nahi sharam sharam,” it’s not sure whether Piyush Mishra (dialogue writer) wanted to make it actually funny or unintentionally funny.
Shamshera Movie Review: Star Performance
Before elaborating, those who are wondering why I’ve written names of the star-cast in a particular way at the start of the article. 2 Ranbir Kapoors because of double-roles, just Vaani (without surname) because she’s (not even) half-important to the story, Sanjay Dutt in caps because he’s roaring throughout & an extremely lame joke with Saurabh Shukla because his character talks in rhymes for the entire film.
It’s really brave of Ranbir Kapoor to attempt a dacoit-drama as his first commercial masala potboiler, but I kind of see now why he has stayed away from such films till now. His ‘rigid’ appearance & that signature voice tone doesn’t help him in any way to build intrigue for his character. There are times when he delivers dialogue like they’re been recited by Jordan from Rockstar.
Sanjay Dutt emerges as a better actor to fit in the world of Shamshera because he has done quite a few similar films in this area. Don’t expect a Kancha Cheena kind of performance & you won’t be disappointed by him at least. Vaani Kapoor as mentioned was not even half-important to the story and was as relevant as Katrina Kaif’s Suraiya in Thugs Of Hindostan. Saurabh Shukla is royally wasted and its major reason is deciding to give him rhyming dialogues without any rhyme or reason.
It’s raining Ranbir Kapoor and no one is allowed to complain! The actor who recently released the trailer of his long-awaited magnum opus Brahmastra, is now back to introduce the world to another magnum opus. Yes, we are talking about Shamshera. After waiting for the past two years, finally, Yash Raj Films has today released the first official trailer of the period drama that brings together Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt & Vaani Kapoor.
The 3-minute 5-second-long trailer is a sneak peek into the world of Shamshera. While it is about a dacoit and how he has to fight the oppressors one fine day, it is also about a legacy that he has to love upto. And if you haven’t noticed yet, Ranbir is playing a double role! That is ample of Ranbir and we are all up for it.
What seems to be promising about this Karan Malhotra directorial is that he has used Ranbir Kapoor’s charm and his unique innocence even when he is playing a dacoit. The trailer opens to a carefree guy who is dancing to his own rhythm while introducing you to his dark world. That’s a pretty good start by the way. Sanjay Dutt is back to play the bad guy, but this has to be unique because it is Malhotra who first made him the iconic villain Kancha Cheena in Agneepath.
While Vaani Kapoor is the seductress and beauty with brains, her styling seems a bit questionable. If this is an era way before independence, she is dressed quite late 90s. Maybe there is a justification for the same in the movie. But the entire trailer is a visual treat and does make you curious to know the world. Malhotra is a good storyteller and this is a project he has taken a lot of time to shape. Let’s hope we aren’t up for another Thugs Of Hindostan. Fingers crossed.