In a country where Sholay is an epic and movies like Baahubali and KGF are massive hits, thinking of making something like Shamshera cannot be considered a bad idea. Shamshera is a bad film. But this is not a funny film. Usually in films there is a first act, a second act and a third act. But for Shamshera, you have the first act followed by several other acts. By the time the film reaches its spice-soaked third act, you’ll find yourself staring at your watch; It’s that tedious.
Set in the 18th century, it is the story of a marginalized community called the Khmerans. He once had a leader named Shamshera who fought for him. But his efforts to bring respect to the community did not go according to his plan and as a result the condition of the Khmers deteriorated. We see the journey of his son Balli to fulfill his father’s dream in Shamshera.
There is a phase in the film, around the interval, where you watch the film with the energy you would normally associate with Ranbir Kapoor’s entertainer. This is the area where you won’t mind getting bogged down in filmmaking or poor visual effects because that’s the essence of what you’re watching. But to reach that stage, the film takes a really long time, and after that, it tests your patience to reach any conclusion. And sadly, there’s a lot of money shots happening in these interesting areas, and all you can do is sit through it until the end of the credits roll.
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Ranbir Kapoor has a charm and energy that this film uses to give us some hope. But as the senior Shamshera, Kapoor isn’t entirely convinced, and the fake beard plays a part in this somewhere. Vaani Kapoor as Sona will remind you of Katrina Kaif from Thugs Of Hindostan. For most of the screen time, she’s dancing in those deep-throated outfits that clearly don’t belong to the 18th century. Sanjay Dutt is seen intimidating with all the pan in his mouth. Saurabh Shukla is a member of the Shayar gang who is definitely better than Farhad Samji. Ronit Roy Shamshera and his son K Ajay Devgnish play the role of PR chief.
Karan Malhotra, who previously made those emotionally driven Agneepath and Brothers, tries his luck in an out-and-out commercial hero-worship plot. But the excitement you see looking at the film’s canvas was not in the execution. The pace of the film itself does not seem impressive at the script level. The visual effects and set pieces are important aspects of the film, and the final output was inferior. There is a single shot set-piece that shows how Ranbir’s character snatched the queen’s crown from the British. The entire scene played out like a computer-generated original rendering of the stunt choreography of that sequence. The song is not laid out in a convincing manner, and the main theme music of the film felt like what if Ajay-Atul composed Gun Meri Laila.
Shamshera is your chance to make an old school blockbuster. It had a solid protagonist and an interesting plot. But the writing did not get the lively rhythm that one might expect in a film of this scale and canvas. With too many easily recognizable shoddy CGI works reducing the allure of the set piece, Shamshera is yet another debacle for the yrf.
Shamshera is your chance to make an old school blockbuster. With too many easily recognizable shoddy CGI works reducing the allure of the set piece, Shamshera is yet another debacle for the yrf.
Green: Recommended film
Orange: OK, Watchable, Experimental Movies
red: not recommended