Shamshera Review 1.5/5 & Rating
shamshera is the story of a rebel and his tribe. The Khameran are a warrior tribe that supported the Rajputs during their fight against the Mughals. After the Rajputs are defeated, the Khamerans leave the country and try to settle in the city of Kaza. However, the Kaza residents exile them due to their lower caste status. Difficult times are ahead for the Khamerans. With no other choice, they turn into looters and make life miserable for the rich residents of Kaza.
Shamshera (Ranbir Kapoor) is the leader of the tribe and under his leadership the Khamerans become quite notorious and feared. The Kaza residents ask the British government for help against the Khamerans. Inspector Shuddh Singh (Sanjay Dutt) takes responsibility. They attack the Khamerans and almost defeat them. Shuddh Singh then makes an offer to Shamshera. He demands that he surrender, and in return he will allow the rest of the Khamerans to settle somewhere far away where they can regain their lost glory. Shamshera agrees. He and the rest of the tribes are taken to Kaza Fort. However, Shuddh Singh cheats on her. He imprisons and tortures all Khamerans.
Shamshera makes his displeasure clear to the British and Shuddh Singh. Shuddh Singh then makes him another offer. If the Khamerans can produce 5000 grams of gold, they will be released. This time they make this deal official by signing an agreement. Shamshera finds out that there is a secret tunnel in the pond that connects to the Azaad River outside. He wants to find the tunnel and escape so he can get the funds. He is caught trying to escape. Shamshera had told his wife (Iravati Harshe) before fleeing that if he was caught by the authorities, she should disown him. Therefore, she proclaims that Shamshera is a coward who tried to escape and left the Khamerans behind. She does this to spare the lives of her compatriots in Khameran. The Khamerans stone Shamshera to death.
Shamshera’s pregnant wife gives birth to Balli. 25 years later. Balli (Ranbir Kapoor) is a carefree young lad. He has no respect for Shamshera as he grew up hearing only bad things about his father. Shamshera’s trusted helper Pir Baba (Ronit Roy) gives him a training that makes him ready for any unfavorable situation. After Shuddh Singh humiliates Balli, his mother tells him the truth about his father. Balli decides to fulfill his father’s wish. He tries to escape from Kaza Fort. Unlike his father, he is successful and manages to find the secret tunnel through which he escapes and reaches the city of Nagina. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The story of Neelesh Misra and Khila Bisht is cliche and outdated. The screenplay by Ekta Pathak Malhotra and Karan Malhotra is very practical and predictable. In addition, some developments are difficult to digest. Piyush Mishra’s dialogues are decent, but except for ‘karam se dacait, dharam se azaad’, no other dialogue is memorable. A movie of this nature should have had more memorable and hard-hitting one-liners.
Karan Malhotra’s direction is below the mark. On the plus side, he handled the size and size very well. Some scenes, especially in the first half, work very well and give the audience a kind of sympathy paisa vasool Experience. But in the second half, the film breaks down drastically. You can guess from a mile away what’s going to happen next, whether it’s going to be a hard time for the rebels or Balli stealing the queen’s crown. The sequence in which the rebels fight is stretched.
The character of Shuddh Singh remains enigmatic. It is shocking to see that despite Shuddh Singh shooting Colonel Freddy Young (Craig McGinlay) and showing him the gun, he is never reprimanded or punished. Even Sona’s (Vaani Kapoor) character isn’t well fleshed out. Audiences may be confused as she sees her leave a good dance career and transform into a rebel. And seeing her get mad at Shamshera when he just saved her life makes no sense. Finally, the use of crows is novel. But how and why the birds help and what is their connection with the tribe should have been explained. Without the explanation, it just seems ridiculous.
Kaale Naina song teaser | Shamshera | Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, and Vaani Kapoor
shamshera starts well and shows how the Khamerans fell into the trap and became slaves. Balli’s entry sequence and the song ‘Ji Huzuor’ is entertaining and so is the scene where Balli gifts Sona with several items. The scene where he receives thirty lashes and finds out the truth about his father is a great watch. His escape sequence is commendable and from there you expect the movie to get better, especially when he meets other Khamerans and starts looting. The break point looks quite promising.
In the second half, however, the film falls behind as it is predictable and very comfortable. The way the rebels are disbanding is not entirely convincing. The much-anticipated one-take recording of the train is over in the blink of an eye. It’s not executed as well as expected as it seems like looting a crown is a breeze. The ending is dated and has been seen many times, something audiences can predict.
Speaking of performances, Ranbir Kapoor puts his life and soul into playing Shamshera and Balli. The movie may disappoint but it certainly won’t as it does its best. Also, his Shamshera look is very dashing. Sanjay Dutt is pretty over the top and he’s also disappointed in the character. Vaani Kapoor looks stunning and puts on a capable performance. Again, her character isn’t well fleshed out, which affects her performance as well. Ronit Roy is reliable, while Iravati Harshe’s presence makes a big mark. Saurabh Shukla (Doodh Singh) is fair. Craig McGinlay is okay, although his fair British officer character was an interesting idea. Saurabh Kumar (Chooha), Chitrak Bandhopadhaya (Raasho), Mahesh Balraj (Upreti), Rudra Soni (Pitamber) and Prakhar Saxena (Bhura) are passable.
Mithoon’s music is a big disappointment. The title track and ‘Ji Huzuor’ work for the optics. ‘Fitor’ is a very boring track and again it’s the execution and scope that makes it bearable. ‘Kaale Naina’ and ‘hunkara’ are nothing special. ‘Parinda’ comes at a time when the movie was getting too long. Mithoon’s background score is much better. However, the use of the haunting theme in Sanjay Dutt’s scene will evoke unintentional laughter
Anay Goswamy’s cinematography is spectacular and beautifully captures the locale of Ladakh. The production design of Acropolis, Sumit Basu, Snigdha Basu and Rajnish Hedao is superior. Franz Spillhau and Parvez Shaikh’s action is a bit disturbing, but it works for this particular film. Rushi Sharma and Manoshi Nath’s costumes are stylish and authentic. The ones worn by Vaani are quite glamorous. yfx’s VFX are superb and on par with global standards. The editing of Shivkumar V Panicker is decent but could have been a lot sharper.
Overall, Shamshera falters due to an outdated script and predictable plot. The film was rejected at the box office and turned out to be a great disaster.