Ranbir Kapoor’s return to the screen four years after the release Sanju ended with a whimper rather than a bang – Shamshera, a period film in which he starred as a dacoit, completely failed to set the box office on fire and the critics went berserk. In a post shared on Instagram this week, director Karan Malhotra apologized for “abandoning” the film after what he described as “hate and anger.” This self-accusation is also accompanied by affirmative words of faith Shamshera. “He will face everything together, the good, the bad and the ugly,” wrote Karan Malhotra, whose previous work with the well-received. Agneepath remake and 2015 film Brothers.
In his note, addressed to the film itself, Karan Malhotra wrote: “My dear Shamshera, it is noble the way it is. It is important for me to express myself on this platform because here is all the love, hate, celebration and shame for you. I want to apologize profusely to you for leaving you for the past few days because I can’t handle the hate and anger. My withdrawal is my weakness and there are no excuses for it. But now I’m here, I’m standing next to you hand in hand feeling proud and honored that you are mine. It will face everything together, the good and the bad and the ugly. And a big shout out to those Shamshera family, cast and crew of Shamshera. The love, blessings and care we have showered on us is the most precious and no one can take that away from us. #Shamsheraismine #Shamshera.”
The now viral post has proven to be divisive. In the context of the commentary, Karan Malhotra received support from various quarters including actor Craig McGinlay who plays a British army officer in the film. “I love you Shamshera. I mean that with every bone in my body. Every cast and crew member who worked on this film. I love movies and everyone involved. Unforgettable memories. I would still work with you all in a heartbeat #CHALOCHALO,” he wrote. Many comments blamed people for failing to appreciate, like this: “Those who don’t make movies, how can they be important?” Another comment read: “Unnecessary hate, love the movie. We love Shamshera.”
There are also many negative comments in the comments. “Work on the acting please sometimes and the second and third acts are not very strong,” read one. “Big shout out for making an epic disaster,” read another. “This information, sorry is not acceptable,” wrote a sine-goer who called the film “not good enough.”
Read Karan Malhotra’s post here:
reviews of Shamsherawas generally poor, although Ranbir Kapoor’s performance was singled out for praise. “Another take on the dark from the camera-wielding school of film, Shamshera is a terrible period film,” filmmaker Saibal Chatterjee wrote for NDTV, adding, “If bilge has a title, it will be Shamshera. Yes. , Shamshera is the Thugs of Hindostan-level evil, with his time explained in accordance with Mohenjodaro.”
Ticket sales show reviews. Shamshera Managed a dismal Rs 10 crore on the opening day, struggled in the following days as well and joined the likes of Dhaakad and Samrat Prithviraj on the list of flops that Bollywood has delivered recently.
Ranbir Kapoor will be next seen in one of the much anticipated films Brahmastra, co-starring Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy. Ayan Mukerji has helmed the film, which is slated to release on September 9.