Shamshera Review: Ranbir Kapoor makes a majestic comeback with a masala entertainer Bollywood desperately needed
Shamshera, the chief of Khameran tribe, surrenders to British officers in order to give his followers a better life, but is betrayed. On learning about his father, Shamshera’s son Balli sets out to fulfill his dream of freedom for the tribe.
- Karan Malhotra
- Ranbir Kapoor,
- Sanjay Dutt,
- Vaani Kapoor
- Period action entertainer
While for some Shamshera was Ranbir Kapoor ’s comeback to the silver screen, many others expected it to be a do or die for the actor. He was last seen in Sanju, where he won us over with his versatility as he lived Sanjay Dutt ’s life on screen. Well, the actor has now returned with a bang and has given us two characters to gush over! He has emerged as a true hero with this grand action spectacle, which is the best comeback any actor could have asked for. So here’s my honest review of Ranbir’s Shamshera, with zero spoilers.
The film begins with a brief introduction of Shamshera, the chief of a lower caste tribe called Khameran. They were shunned by people from the upper caste until he decided to lead them to freedom. It’s an enticing story-line and not as predictable as one would expect it to be. Ranbir, who plays the role of both Shamshera and his son Balli, has done a marvelous job. When you see him on screen, you don’t see the actor. You see two different characters with distinct personalities. He has breathed life into the characters and it is a delight to see him back on the big screen. A true natural!
Coming to the other well-written characters of Shamshera-- we have seen Sanjay Dutt as the villain in various films, the most recent being KGF. Well, Daroga Shuddh Singh is very different from any other Bollywood baddie played by the actor. He has a dark sense of humor, and manages to make the audience hate him which means he is very convincing as the antagonist. Vaani Kapoor aka Sona, on the other hand, is a treat to watch. Her killer dance moves and dialogue delivery are on point. The only complaint is her outfits in some scenes, which does not go with the period of Shamshera. Vaani and Ranbir’s chemistry is also fresh and believable.
In any film, the music is extremely important. Thankfully the Karan Malhotra directorial does not disappoint in this aspect either. The background score is impactful and helps viewers live the moment as they watch it on-screen-- may it be Shamshera and Balli’s dhamakedaar entry, Shuddh Singh’s planning and plotting, or a passionate scene between Balli and Sona. The dialogues are well-written and have been said with immense feel by each and every actor. A special mention to Saurabh Shukla, who portrays the role of Balli’s gang member and Shamshera’s old friend. Almost every dialogue of his is a well rhymed shayari which either touches the heart or tickles the funny bone.
That’s not all. Shamshera is on point when it comes to cinematography and action as well. And don’t even get me started on the camera angles, which does justice to the film’s grand scale. The train scene is one which has been shot beautifully, in such a way that you won't be able to look away from the screen for even a second. Kudos to the team for pulling it off! Is it logical and will everybody love it? Maybe not. But it is a cinematic experience which should not be missed because this is story-telling at its best. There is action, drama, romance, a massive showdown between Ranbir and Sanjay, betrayal, loyalty, dance numbers, incredible performances-- Shamshera gives us a true blue masala entertainer that Bollywood desperately needed. It also gives us Ranbir in a never seen before avatar, which is something his fans wanted. This is entertainment, entertainment and entertainment!