Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, and Vani Kapoor, Shamshera becomes a third consecutive failure for producer Yash Raj Films after Jayeshbhai Jordaar and Samrat Prithviraj.
Shamshera tanks at BO
Made with a budget of Rs 150 crore, Shamshera, one of the most expensive films coming out of the Bollywood clan, is heading towards a huge loss. Released last Friday, it had a box-office collection of Rs 20.75 crore for the first two days and according to the reports, another Rs 10.5-11 crore on Sunday. The most favorable scenario for it looks like Rs 65-70 crore at the end of its theatrical run.
The movie is an action-packed historical drama that is set in 1800s India which was under the rule of the British and the fight for independence was on. While there have been many stories of the Independence battles, this one shows the fight that was battled by a dacoit tribe to chase away the English from their territory and to save their people.
Very less know that Shamshera went through a lot of hurdles. The film was launched in 2018 and the filmmaking process was finished in September 2020. But its release got postponed multiple times owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown.
For the film, the makers constructed a massive fort at Film City, Goregaon. The fort was constructed with the help of 300 workers who worked hard for 2 months.
Challenges in the film
Ranbir Kapoor also spoke about how challenging it was to shoot. During a promotional event, the actor said that the film was a challenge to him, as it stressed him both physically and mentally. “It was a very hard role and there were many days when I [thought] ‘I can’t do this.’ Apart from the physical stress, the[re was] mental stress of playing this part,” Kapoor said during an event.
He further explains that he was first given a single role, late he planned to do a dual role (Balli and his father Shamshera). “When the film was narrated to me, I wasn’t offered one role. “After hearing the story, Kapoor said that he asked producer Aditya Chopra and Malhotra to let him play both roles, after which everything fell in place.
The movie is directed by Karan Malhotra and is made under the Yash Raj Films banner. It was released in standard versions as well as 3D and IMAX 3D versions and was also dubbed in Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu.