In the upcoming Shamshera, this action-drama features many aspects that fans cannot wait to see on the big screen. One, of course, is that Ranbir Kapoor plays a double role both as Shamshera and his son Balli. Another, and one of the most anticipated, is the battle between Ranbir Kapoor as Shamshera/Balli and Sanjay Dutt as his arch-enemy Shudh Singh.
The story of Shamshera, set in the 1800s, takes place in the fictional city of Kaza, where a warrior tribe is imprisoned, enslaved, and tortured by a ruthless authoritarian general Shudh Singh. It tells the story of a man who became a slave, a slave who became a leader, and then a legend for his tribe. He relentlessly fights for his tribe’s freedom and dignity.
We know both actors are incredible, and the showdown between the two will be something to watch out for as they will ferociously go after each other with no mercy. However, it seems as even if they battle on-screen, they have a mutual admiration society!
Check out this incredible not to be missed BTS video as we learn more about these characters and especially see the fantastic actors and director Karan Malhotra talk about Shamshera!
Adding more, Ranbir says, “It’s amazing that Sanjay Dutt is my antagonist! When I was 10 or 11, I had Sanjay Dutt’s poster in my cupboard. Then eventually, getting to play him in a biopic directed by Rajkumar Hirani was a dream come true. And finally, getting an opportunity to work with him, to act with him, where I am the protagonist and he is the antagonist, it’s incredible! Sanjay Dutt has given us some epic villains with his brilliant acting performances, and people are going to love him as Shuddh Singh in Shamshera!”
Sanjay is collaborating with director Karan Malhotra again. About his character, he says, “Shudh Singh is a character that you have never seen on screen. He is just pure evil. He is menacing, he is untrustworthy, and he will go to any length to wreak havoc. I loved the fact that Karan Malhotra created a villain like this, and he thought of me to play this role.” Adding, “I love playing the villain, and Karan Malhotra loves to give me characters like these. I guess people love to see me as a villain on-screen, and I’m happy that all the films in which I have played a villain have been loved. I wish the same for Shamshera because Karan, Ranbir and the entire team have worked really hard on the film.”
About working opposite Ranbir he says, “Ranbir is a brilliant actor but this film sees him in a new gaze. His boyish charm is inimitable, but in this film, he is a man who finds his footing and looks glorious on screen.”
Ranbir says Sanjay’s presence in the film as an antagonist has made Shamshera. He says, “I have so much love for him and so much respect for him. He is such an amazing actor. You know even though he has played the antagonist in so many films, he still makes it different, he still makes it believable. It goes back to the old notion that a hero will only be impactful if the villain has a looming presence and I don’t think there is any actor in the Indian film industry who has the presence that Sanjay Dutt has on screen.”
Shamshera releases July 22nd!