Shamshera has finally been released in theatres and is vying to become the next big-screen masala entertainment, a genre Bollywood regrettably abandoned after the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and to some extent, the early 2000s, with the exception of Rohit Shetty.
Shamshera Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Vaani Kapoor, Ronit Roy, Saurabh Shukla
Shamshera Director: Karan Malhotra
Ratings: 3/ 5 STARS
The plot of the Movie:
The messiah of his tribe, Shamshera/Balli (Ranbir Kapoor), is spurned by high-caste British stooges because he is from a lower caste. As the son stands up once more for his people against the British and dishonest Indian police officers like Daroga Shuddh Singh, the legacy and disgrace of the father cannot be shaken (Sanjay Dutt).
Shamshera features every nostalgic throwback from the best dacoit movies of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s you could ask for, but writer-director Karan Malhotra and his three co-writers don’t just play on nostalgia; they also give the film enough contemporary elements to appeal to viewers of all ages and demographics. The hero’s introduction, the vengeance motif, multiple roles, saving your lady, and fulfilling predictions are all right out of the works of Manmohan Desai, Ramesh Sippy, Raj Khosla, and Nasir Hussain, but Karan Malhotra added a modern twist. Huge props go to YRF for once again showcasing their technical skill in the VFX department, as well as Anay Goswamy’s cinematography.
Ranbir Kapoor excels in his debut dual role, balancing seriousness and paisa-vasool mass heroics, while Sanjay Dutt is devilishly sinister and occasionally even steals the show from a more than competent Ranbir. Although Vaani Kapoor’s role in the story is small, it is nonetheless significant. Ronit Roy and Saurabh Shukla, among the rest of the supporting cast, are in excellent shape. It’s exciting to witness the first song, Fitoor, on the big screen. Other standout moments include the fight in the intermission block between Ranbir and Sanju Baba as well as the conclusion.