Along with Sanjay Dutt, who plays the film’s primary antagonist, and Vaani Kapoor, who plays Ranbir’s love interest, Ranbir Kapoor performs a double role. Shamshera set in the fictional city of Kaza, where Shuddh Singh (Sanjay Dutt), the brutal authoritarian commander imprisons, enslaves, and tortures a warrior tribe. The film is set in the pre-independence era, in which Shamshera (Ranbir Kapoor), the titular character, a dacoit who robs the wealthy to support people who are being persecuted and marginalised by the British.
Today, on July 22, 2022, this action spectacular, which has been produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films and directed by Karan Malhotra is released in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi.
Just like the dacoits-drama films produced in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, this year’s Shamshera, released in 2022, sees itself as continuing the genre’s illustrious past in Bollywood. In the movie, Ranbir Kapoor had two roles to perform. The character of Vaani Kapoor is still somewhat restricted. Her character nevertheless progresses in the story’s favour. Sanjay Dutt, the villain from the movies, appears to be exactly as dangerous as predicted.
The storyline of Shamshera is exhilarating and exciting, but only in fragments, making for a passable experience on the big screen. Shamshera’s first half is interesting, but the subsequent events drag. But Anay Goswamy deserves praise for his fluid cinematography. However, Shivkumar V. Panicker’s editing may have been far more effective.
The period drama based on Shamshera is reminiscent of the past and seems like it is motivated by classic dacoit drama films, hence it doesn’t make it any unique. Writer-director Karan Malhotra and his three co-writers started the story of the film with a bang but the later part of lazy writing bores you and you get tired of this 2.39 mins of drama. The film offers nothing new but the dashing hero’s introduction scene to the tale of his retribution, from saving his heroine from thugs to facing the criminals.
The only thing that makes Shamshera a bit less painful are the actors. Ranbir Kapoor as Shamshera and Bali, tries very hard to make sense of the chaos he is thrust into while bringing his perfection game to the table. But if the base is weak, what will he even do?
For me, Sanjay Dutt remains the most entertaining character. He excelled his character with ease. Along with the dangerous aspects, Sanju baba perfectly captured humourous side as well. Dutt is at his peak when he plays a villain. He’s deadly, villainous and scary, exactly as his character demands.
Vaani’s role didn’t get any meaty part. Her character remains the weakest of all, not owing to her acting but because of her character not allowing her to explore much. However, her dance sequences were a treat to the sore eyes.
The plot of Shamshera has strong backing from the supporting cast, which also includes Saurabh Shukla, Ronit Roy, and Iravati Harshe.
The best part about the film is its music. Mithoon wins our hearts with his excellent music.
Overall, the action scenes of Shamshera give off the impression that we’re witnessing a Hollywood action film from two decades ago. If the plot had been strong, it may have been passable. Thumps up for the outstanding background score & Sanjay Dutt.