Sanjay Dutt: “Shamshera is a labour of love to which we gave our all”

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Sanjay Dutt has released with a strongly worded statement on social media in support of Karan Malhotra, Ranbir Kapoor and the entire cast and crew of Shamshera. He reveals how proud he is of the film and all the work that went into it. Saying he stands resolute in his support of the film, the actor says he knows the film will find it’s tribe some day.

Read his full statement here

“Films are acts of passion – passion tell a story, to bring to life characters you’ve never met before. Shamshera is one such a labour of love to which we gave our all. It’s a movie made up of blood, sweat, and tears. It’s dream that we brought on screen. Movies are made for the audience to relish. And every movie finds its viewers, sooner or later.

“Shamshera found a lot of people hating on it; some of the hate came from people who didn’t even watch it. I find it horrible that people don’t respect the hard work that we all put in.

“I admire Karan as a filmmaker, and mostly as a person. He is one the best directors I’ve worked with in my long career for decades. He has the knack of giving characters that strike a chord. We did that with Agneepath, where he gave me Kancha Cheena to play. The process of working on it was brilliant. He trusted me again with Shamshera and what a ball of the time we had making this film and bringing to life Shuddh Singh.

“Karan is like family and success or failure aside, it will always be an honour to work with him. I stand by him always.

“Shamshera will find it’s tribe someday but until it does, I stand resolute with the film, the memories we created, the bond we shared, the laughs we had, the hardships we went through.

“I thank the whole unit – cast and crew who stayed with the film for four years, through the pandemic, through my own personal rough times.

“Ranbir and I have forged a bond for life with this film. His craft and ability to depict the emotionality on screen is par excellence. It pains to see how people are so eager to spew hater on the work of that one of the most hard-working and talented actor of our times.

“Art and our commitment for it transcends the hate coming our way. The love we feel for the film and its people goes beyond everything that’s being said.

“Baaki kuch toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehena!

Shamshera is ours.”

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