"Shamshera ticks all the boxes for him."
The trailer of Karan Malhotra’s Shamshera was released and Ranbir Kapoor turns Desi Robin Hood in the film, playing two roles.
Set in the fictitious city of Kaza in 1871, Ranbir plays the titular character, a dacoit who steals from the wealthy and the leader of a warrior tribe.
Vaani Kapoor plays Sona, a dancer who warns him not to take on the British governance.
Ruthless general Daroga Shuddh Singh (Sanjay Dutt) is then brought to Kaza where he enslaves the tribe and tortures them.
The story sees Shamshera becoming a leader, doing whatever he can to save the tribe and fulfil his father’s legacy.
The trailer concludes by revealing that Ranbir will be taking on a double role, playing both Shamshera and his father.
Karan Malhotra says Shamshera brings the Indian hero back.
He explained: “I’m a huge fan of the big, magnificent yesteryear Hindi films.
“I do feel somewhere we’ve lost the interest or the excitement of retelling stories of that world. Not only as a filmmaker, as an audience, I really miss that genre. I have just come back to that.
“Shamshera is a classic Hindi cinema experience of 2022-23.”
Sanjay Dutt previously said he missed the golden age of Bollywood heroism. Echoing the actor, Karan said:
“As far as Sanjay Dutt is concerned, Shamshera ticks all the boxes for him.
“He’s really been missing the adrenaline rush and the hero-villain confrontation and the action that used to happen in our films.
“It definitely brings the Indian hero back and it also brings the Indian villain back in a big way.
“But, it has been crafted in a way where you do not feel that you’re watching old wine in a new bottle. Shamshera will come across as a genre of its own.”
Speaking about Ranbir’s character, Karan said:
“Ranbir has never done anything like this and I feel lucky to be the first filmmaker who’s going to project him in this world, with the look that he has in the film, with the catharsis that he follows.
“Our emotions are all extreme – we’re not subtle people, we don’t believe in subtle emotions.
“Ranbir has projected that extreme nature of our sensibility in the film in a beautiful way.”
“So he is definitely going to offer his fans and to the ones who don’t expect him to be seen in films like these something very, very new and very, very strong.”
Shamshera releases on July 22, 2022, and it will be Ranbir’s first film since Sanju in 2018.
Shamshera will be released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.
Ranbir will also be seen in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra alongside Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy.