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Lovely form, little function. The attempt to throw a light on casteism gets overshadowed by the oppressive drama imposed on every single frame.Read more
We often speak of movies having their heart in the right place. And for a lot of the first half, I wanted to believe Shamshera was one of them wanting to target casteism. While entertaining at that. But very soon, it is consumed by its need for glamour and drama. Oh, so much drama! Every shot oozes drama with the over-written lines and the stylistic execution. Now, each of those scenes is consumable, even enjoyable, but becomes overwhelming when they relentlessly occur for over 2.5 hours, 160 minutes! Doesn’t help that the story doesn’t add up to anything worthwhile.
You have good things to say about it, but it is followed by a “but”.
After a first half-ish hour of brutal violence which shakes your insides with its inhumanity, the Ranbir Kapoor form of entertainment is more than welcome. Not only because of the contrast with the dark introduction to his community, the Khameran but also because of the charm he brings to his characters’ mischief and frolic. The kind of shoulder rotations that would make Salman Khan jealous. The kind of performance that makes his Balli look confident when he is and insecure when he can’t believe his love interest is actually interested in him.
But the fun is short-lived. Because, you know, people change. Unfortunately, the transitions here make the character out to be naïve, and the very premise of why he knows so little of his history, is a mystery. I already have to suspend my disbelief as I watch one breath-taking action sequence after another. The action choreography is neat, indeed. A lot of it is gruesome but crisply and stylishly executed, magnified by the IMAX experience. Zero believability, though. Over and above this, then, I am expected to believe the illogical and/or impractical situations and character arcs.
Of course, I am game for thinking of the movie as a fairy tale. A fairy tale, which has a few lovely lines, delivered with conviction by the likes of Saurabh Shukla. He does his best to channel Piyush Mishra’s conscience, making me wonder why Mishra didn’t play that character himself. Anyway. I enjoyed Ronit Roy’s presence too.
But, Shamshera is also a fairy tale with way too many film-y lines (also by Mishra) delivered with irritating energy by Sanjay Dutt. Yep, he manages to spoil some witty ones, too, like the one about the upper caste wanting to accumulate dirt, equating filth to wealth. Given the atrocities that his character executes, though, I would have expected to be scared rather than annoyed. That is why Shamshera doesn’t work, even in fairytale form. You have good things to say about it, but it is followed by a “but”.
Sona has a couple of awesome lines delivered with gumption by Vaani Kapoor. But the script thinks she is worthier of dance numbers where her waistline is the centre of attraction.
The cinematography captures the dessert in a way that I want to book tickets for Rajasthan as I was walking out of the theatre. But form cannot really take over the function of function, right?
a disservice when it makes you think that it is a child from the marriage of Thugs of Hindostan with Mard.
The premise of oppressed versus oppressor, especially in the caste dimension, is worth every repeat exposure. But, it is a disservice when it makes you think that it is a child from the marriage of Thugs of Hindostan with Mard.
Oh, here’s something that has no follow-up buts. The attempt at balance by asking the oppressor to consider why the oppressed behave the way they do is, in nice words, “yuck”. It is too nuanced a debate for a film that wishes to entertain and titillate.
Yes, the film begins well. But, it has a couple of unnecessary flashback sequences and about 40 minutes of extra material. And ultimately has little novelty in how the story pans out. Every time you wonder how the protagonist will get out of ‘this’ soup, one of the usual aids is brought to work—people power, nature’s intervention, unimaginative coincidences. :/
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Russel D'Silva, Bollywood Life : ...Shamshera has a very entertaining first half, capped off by a good interval block, but things dip in the second half only for proceedings to pick up again the climax, which is a major high point. Ranbir Kapoor completely nails it in his first double role, with both intensity and paisa-vasool mass heroism, while Sanjay Dutt is deliciously diabolical. Regardless of the highs and lows, those who love 60s, 70s, 80s dacoit curry westerns of Bollywood, will dig this. I'm going with 3 out of 5 stars.... full review
So-So, by Mugdha Kapoor, DNA : ...Conclusion: While in parts Shamshera does seem a little too stretched and boring, it is a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping entertainer that you wouldn’t want to miss watching at a theatre near you.... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...The South film industry has been making such films for the last few years, and Shamshera is Bollywood’s bold attempt at replicating the formula. The Hindi film industry needs a renaissance and let’s hope this film becomes a catalyst towards it.... full review
So-So, by Madhuri V, Filmi Beat : ...If only stealing the audience's hearts was as easy as Shamshera and his tribe looting gold in the film! But, beware, all that glitters is not always gold.... full review
So-So, by Monika Rawal Kukreja, Hindustan Times : ...Nevertheless, Shamshera has enough moments to give you adrenaline rush. And Ranbir Kapoor totally justifies his new avatar, makes it all worth the wait.... full review
So-So, by Isha Sharma, NewsBytes : ...A sure-shot treat for Ranbir's fans Shamshera will go down in Ranbir's filmography as one of his career-best performances, particularly the climax sequence which is a show-stealer. Although it falls prey to a fatigued storyline, Shamshera remains watchable due to Ranbir's class-apart act and "massy" entertainer elements. There are also intelligently embedded metaphors—such as crows beings harbingers of doom. Watch Shamshera only for Ranbir and the cinematography.... full review
So-So, by Avinash Lohana, Pinkvilla : ...His actions often make you wonder if there is more to his power hungry character, and maybe a spin off on Daroga Shuddh Singh in the future would be a good idea to explore that aspect of the part. Other supporting cast including, Saurabh Shukla and Ronit Roy play their parts to the T. However, Ronit’s character could have been experimented with a little more, as it gets completely stagnant after a point in the film.... full review
So-So, by Rachana Dubey, Times of India : ...To sum it up, director and co-writer Karan Malhotra surely seemed to have had a grand vision at the onset, but it’s his execution that seems to have betrayed him. Given the scale, the canvas and talent the makers had at hand, we only wish that it had all been pieced together better than what one saw.... full review
Thumbs down, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...It’s all done in a tone of self-mockery that never quite makes it into the hall of flames. The spark, sorry to say, is missing. A semblance of order is desperately needed in the soul-dead chaotic universe of our protagonist Balli who doesn’t seem sure whether he wants to be Raj Kapoor in Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai or Sunil Dutt in Mujhe Jeene Do.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rahul Desai, Film Companion : ...For me, the final straw was seeing birds in the role of a saviour. Malhotra adds a touch of magic realism to the film so Shamshera has a special connection with birds – I can’t tell you exactly what birds these are, but... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Free Press Journal : ...'Shamshera', or rather ‘Shame’shera, is a big disappointment. It’s a huge letdown to Ranbir Kapoor’s fans, who were eagerly waiting for his comeback on the silver screen.... full review
Thumbs down, by Punarvasu Pendse, fullhyd.com : ...The music of Shamshera has been given by Mithoon, and it manages to provide appropriate fanfare to the events on the screen. And by appropriate, we mean appropriately average like the movie it has been composed for. The songs are catchy, but nothing spectacular - you have the rousing title track, a dance-along-to-this fun number like "Ji Huzoor", the usual Arijit Singh romantic melody in "Fitoor", and an item song - "Kaale Naina" in this instance. All standard stuff, with the polish you would expect from a Yash Raj Films presentation.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nitin Jain, Glamsham.com : ...All in all, the long wait of watching Ranbir Kapoor (and Sanjay Dutt face off) on the big screen seems like a wasted effort. A wakeup call for the makers one could say.... full review
Thumbs down, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...All said and done, Karan Malhotra & YRF witnessed how Thugs Of Hindostan faced the wrath of the Indian audience & still they went ahead to make Sharamshera on a similar template, this is as ambitious as KRK coming with Deshdrohi 2.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sameer Ahire, Movie Talkies : ...All said and done, Shamshera is a total waste of a huge cast, big budget, and valuable time. Ranbir Kapoor‘s first double role gives you a double dose of headache, and I hope he quickly brings the antidote for his fans with further projects. Shamshera Movie Details Shamshera Release Date: 22 Jul 2022 Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama Banner: Yash Raj Films Producer: Yash Raj Films Director: Karan Malhotra Cast: Vaani Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Ronit Roy, Saurabh Shukla View Movie Details Vaani Kapoor Ranbir Kapoor Sanjay Dutt Karan Malhotra Shamshera Recent Reviews Shamshera Review : Ranbir Kapoor’s First Double Role Falls Prey To Grossly Outdated Story & Terrible Execution Shamshera Review : Ranbir Kapoor’s First Double Role Falls Prey To Grossly Outdated Story & Terrible Execution 24 Jul, 2022 The Gray Man Review : The Russo Brothers’ Adaptation of ‘Gray Man’ Novel Is All About Merciless Action The Gray Man Review : The Russo Brothers’ Adaptation of ‘Gray Man’ Novel Is All About Merciless Action 22 Jul, 2022 Ananya Review : Hruta Durgule Debuts With A Bang In The Extended Cinematic Version Of A Classic Play Ananya Review : Hruta Durgule Debuts With A Bang In The Extended Cinematic Version Of A Classic Play 20 Jul, 2022 Recommended For You Review : A Short Thrilling Game With Multiple Pop-Ups Recommended For You Review : A Short Thrilling Game With Multiple Pop-Ups 20 Jul, 2022 Dr. Arora Review : An Important Sex Capsule Misfires At The Last Stage Of Emission Dr. Arora Review : An Important Sex Capsule Misfires At The Last Stage Of Emission 22 Jul, 2022 Ladki Review : Ram Gopal Varma Turns India’s First Martial Arts Film Into A B-Grade Adult Film Ladki Review : Ram Gopal Varma Turns India’s First Martial Arts Film Into A B-Grade Adult Film 15 Jul, 2022 View All Reviews What's Trending ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain’ Deepesh Bhan NO MORE, co-star Rohitashv Gaud, Salim Zaidi’s Emotional Tribute ‘Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain’ Deepesh Bhan NO MORE, co-star Rohitashv Gaud, Salim Zaidi’s Emotional Tribute 23 Jul, 2022 John Abraham breaks silence on Jr. NTR’s ‘RRR’ bike scene vs ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ Bike Scene comparison John Abraham breaks silence on Jr. NTR’s ‘RRR’ bike scene vs ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’ Bike Scene comparison 23 Jul, 2022 Tara Sutaria would love to Date Villain Riteish Deshmukh while Disha Patani Picks Mogambo Tara Sutaria would love to Date Villain Riteish Deshmukh while Disha Patani Picks Mogambo 23 Jul, 2022 Salman Khan Ko GUN Dena Chahiye’ Rakhi Sawant reacts on applying for a gun license post life threat Salman Khan Ko GUN Dena Chahiye’ Rakhi Sawant reacts on applying for a gun license post life threat 23 Jul, 2022 View All Videos... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Much worse than how the film looks is how it feels - an all-out assault on the senses. While on the VFX, one would be hard-pressed to figure out if the birds in the film are a kettle of hawks or a murder of crows. It really doesn't matter because they do not actually stick out in a film that scrapes the very bottom of the barrel with its detailing of the principal props and period components.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonil Dedhia, News18.com : ...Shamshera doesn’t really have the punch or the thrill that is required to pull off a film of this scale. At 2 hours and 38 minutes, the film feels a little too long, blame it on weak editing. The grand canvas of the film does hold sway in terms of the visual experience, but at the end, this one is all show and shallow in substance. If you are expecting the film to give you a dose of entertainment, you’d be disappointed.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sukanya Verma, Rediff : ...There's no sense in the out-manoeuvring that jumps from looting in secrecy to openly challenging British officers in a duel. Who are the men dressed up as fakirs shaking a leg around a nautanki dancer? Does anyone really care for Shamshera's rescue plan? What's the creepy Gollum-ish voice popping in the background accompanying Shudh Singh after the interval? Even 158 minutes later, it's still up in the air.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...Shamshera is based on a story by Neelesh Mishra and Khila Bisht and a screenplay by Karan Malhotra and Ekta Pathak Malhotra. With a brief to make it big, if not quite coherent, the 158-minute film is overstuffed with scenes mounted on a grandiose scale, cranked-up emotions, and flights of fancy as Balli evolves from pirouetting thief to a liberator on horseback.... full review
Thumbs down, by Stutee Ghosh, The Quint : ...ADVERTISEMENT Home Videos 'Shamshera' Review: Ranbir Kapoor's 'Shamshera' Is Boring and Predictable 'Shamshera' Review: Ranbir Kapoor's 'Shamshera' Is Boring and Predictable 'Shamshera' starring Ranbir Kapoor, Vaani Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt released in theatres on 22 July. STUTEE GHOSH Published: 22 Jul 2022, 7:51 PM IST VIDEOS 2 min read Share Share Share Share Share Comments Actor Ranbir Kapoor has finally made his comeback on the big screen after a gap of four years, with filmmaker Karan Malhotra's periodic-drama Shamshera. As we slide into the film, we have no choice, but to brace for impact. The expectations from a Ranbir Kapoor film, that too from the house of Yashraj come crashing down, as we stomach a story that is both predictable and pointless. A period film that doesn’t want to burden itself with either research or to evoke any authentic sense of place or time. ADVERTISEMENT So, while the film opens in 1871, the music and motions all belong to the contemporary kitschy Bollywood. Revenge and revolt prove to be the leitmotif of the story. Central to the action is Shamshera, who is the leader of the Khameeran tribe and fights to give his people a better life. Deceit and treachery at the hands of the British push them to unspeakable horror and torture. The slimy and conniving Daroga Shudh Singh, remarkably played by Sanjay Dutt in the film, keeps the imprisoned innocent tribals as slaves. When Shamshera’s efforts fall short we have his son Balli step in. Both are played by Ranbir Kapoor and he never misses a beat. This is why watching Shamshera tires us out and also makes us sad. Ranbir has astonishing hold mining the weariness and fury with the grace of a consummate actor, while everything around him disintegrates. The blaring background score subsumes everything and this in addition to the fact that the plot isn’t even a sliver here. We wait for the narrative to follow the expected trajectory, for the son to fulfill his father’s wish. But the lack of attention to detail and disregard for historical accuracy makes it a messy, supremely boring film. Sanjay Dutt sleep walks through yet another “larger than life” antagonists role. Vaani Kapoor tries very hard but fails to bring the kind of gravitas required. Iravati Harshe, Saurabh Shukla and Ronit Roy all get token attention and for most parts, but the proceedings blur everyone in the background. Except for the CGi-generated black birds hovering over the remains of a film, that could have lent itself to something more intriguing and beguiling had the writing not been this pedestrian.... full review
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