shamshera finally hit the big screen and the good news, no, the good news is that he more than lives up to his lofty expectations as the archetypal big-screen masala performer – the kind that Bollywood had used to cast with a propensity for frightening success in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s and to some extent in the early 2000s, but shamefully turned his back on the post that excluded Rohit Shetty. Let’s hope Shamshera brings back those golden days, especially when it comes to the actors of dacoit, aka Hindi cinema’s brand of curry westerns, because until the first half, which we just finished, the Karan Malhotra director, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoorindicates exactly that.
Shamshera movie review: Ranbir Kapoor star’s halftime positives
Shamshera has all the nostalgic memories you could hope for from the best of dacoit films from the 60s, 70s and 80s, but writer-director Karan Malhotra and his trio of co-writers don’t just play on the nostalgia, infusing the film with enough modern elements to appeal to viewers of all ages and demographics. Everything from the hero introduction to the revenge theme to dual roles, rescuing your heroine and fulfilling your prophecies is straight out of the pages of Manmohan Desai, Ramesh Sippy, Raj Khosla and Nasir Hussain, but the contemporary touch is everything. Karan Malhotra. Big word too for the cinematography and YRF again showing its technical finesse in the VFX department. As for Ranbir Kapoor, it completely nails him in his first dual role and Sanjay Dutt is as evil as it gets while Vaani Kapoor’s character so far is limited, but still quite important to the plot. The rest of the supporting cast like Ronit Roy and Saurabh Shukla are in great shape. The first song, Fitoor, is also exciting to watch on the big screen. Another highlight is the interval block clash between Ranbir and Sanju Baba.
Shamshera Movie Review: Ranbir Kapoor Star Halftime Negatives
Very little to complain about Shamshera so far, other than things that feel a little, and only a little uneven when the plot is set in the first 10-15 minutes. The first half could also have been shortened by 8-10 minutes. None of the songs other than Fitoor leave a trace, which is thankfully why brands had to decide not to show the rest in full. Ranbir’s dacoit loot could also have been fleshed out a bit more.
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