'Shamshera': what to expect from Ranbir Kapoor's Bollywood spectacle

'Shamshera': what to expect from Ranbir Kapoor's Bollywood spectacle
Fans of Bollywood star Ranbir Kapoor can finally see him on the big screen again this weekend with Shamshera, the big budget Bollywood action film that's been four years in the making.

Set in 1871, during the British rule of India, Kapoor is set to play a Robin Hood-style warrior who leads his tribe to freedom. With a reported budget of 1.5 billion rupees ($18.7m), the Yash Raj Films spectacle is one of the most expensive movies to be released this year and features large-scale action sequences and set pieces, some never before seen in a Bollywood film.

Kapoor has not appeared in a film since Sanju (2018), a biopic of the actor Sanjay Dutt who, incidentally, plays the antagonist in Shamshera.

Known for his varied roles, Shamshera will also mark Kapoor's first film as an action hero.

"After 15 years in the industry as an actor, you have to keep challenging yourself and pushing the boundaries. No director ever really saw me in films like this," he said during an event last month to mark the release of the film's trailer.

"I'm really grateful that [director] Karan Malhotra offered me a role like this because I was not getting such offers. They usually saw me as a coming of age or a romantic guy. So I jumped at this offer because I knew this film has the potential to speak to a larger audience, who love going to the cinema for the movie experience."

Distributors are also pinning their hopes on Shamshera following a bleak first half of 2022 at the box office, with the exception of Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Kapoor's wife Alia Bhatt.

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