SHAMSHERA REVIEW: Shamshera (Ranbir Kapoor), a tribal leader, uprooted from his soil with his people, is forced to plunder the wealth of the rich, who consider themselves a higher caste. Shudh Singh (Sanjay Dutt), an Indian officer of the British forces, betrays Shamshera’s trust, and enslaves his tribe along with him. While Shamshera loses his life trying to free his tribe from the dual clutches of the British and the high-caste people, his son Balli (Ranbir, again) dedicates his life to this rebellion 25 years later. How he succeeds in avenging his father’s death and setting his tribe free, forms the crux of the narrative.
From the first frame, the background score and the slick VFX-led visuals suck you into this fictitious world created around the late 1800s India. After lending a quick, comic-book style context to the tribe’s roots and their causes, the film plunges into Shamshera’s story. That’s the point from where the film begins to slow down. And consistently so, it remains a slow-paced action-drama, involving a caste-led battle, a revenge plot with a romantic angle and collision with the British Raj.
Without giving away too many details of the film, one can say that by the end of it, you’ll be fatigued. The film feels far too stretched for its wafer-thin storyline – in fact, it crawls through the runtime with quite a few minor, but unmissable technical snags. Having said that, Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt remain the lifeblood of this drama. Despite a weak storyline and a weaker screenplay and dialogues, the actors deliver honest performances. As always, it is a treat to watch Ranbir on screen again after several years, even while he makes great effort, trying to elevate an underwhelming story. Ditto Sanjay Dutt, who delivers well as a menacing character. In fact, each time the actors are together on screen, their exchanges are quite powerful.
The supporting characters, like the ones played by Ronit Bose Roy, Saurabh Shukla and Iravati Harshe have very little to contribute to this drama. It would have helped a great deal if their characters had been curated with more attention and care. It’s surprising that they had such little scope to perform. In fact, even Vaani Kapoor’s character, Sona, who’s a dancer, falls quite short in terms of an emotional curve.
The action choreography of the film, particularly in the scene before the interval point and in portions of the climax, is very well done. The film’s album has some tracks that will play on your mind – like the one that introduces Balli in the film or the romantic ballad that depicts Sona and Balli’s love for each other. The film’s cinematography, background score and VFX are the highlights of the film.
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.
In the fictitious city of Kaza, a warrior tribe is imprisoned, enslaved & tortured by a ruthless authoritarian Shudh Singh. Shamshera is the a legend for his tribe who relentlessly fights for his tribe’s freedom & dignity.
Set in the 1800s, the story follows a dacoit tribe and their fight for independence against the British rule. It was theatrical released on 22 July 2022.
- The stellar performance of Ranbir Kapoor in dual roles.
- Strong storyline got the audience a more engaging experience.
- The fight sequences are superbly crafted.
- Background Music and songs have helped in elevating the mood of the film.
- The fierce role of Sanjay Dutt is worth a watch
- Vaani Kapoor and Tridha Choudhury impresses in the available screen time.
- Few scenes in the movie felt similar to old South Indian films.
- A crispy editing would have made the film more enjoyable.
Shamshera brings in the legacy of a man to complete what his father started. The movie gives a visually engaging experience and worth a try at the theatres. Indian Talents Shamshera movie rating is 3.5 / 5.