Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor in the lead roles, Shamshera has turned out to be a huge blockbuster as the Karan Malhotra directed action period was made with a huge budget of Rs 150 crore and only managed to collect around Rs 50 crore at the checkout in the first week.
In response to the film’s box office failure, Sanjay Dutt wrote a lengthy note on his social media on Thursday, July 28, supporting the film Karan and Ranbir. His note reads: “Movies are acts of passion – passion to tell a story, to bring to life characters you’ve never met before. Shamshera is such a labor of love that we gave everything to. It’s a movie made of blood, sweat and tears. It’s a dream we brought to the screen. Movies are made for audiences to enjoy. And every movie finds its viewers, sooner or later.”
In his note, he explained how some people who haven’t even seen the film condemned him when he wrote: “Shamshera found that a lot of people hated it; some of the hatred came from people who didn’t even watch the film. I I hate that people don’t respect the hard work we all do.”
Admiring the director with whom he had also worked in Agneepath, Dutt added: “I admire Karan as a filmmaker, and especially as a person. He is one of the best directors I have worked with in my long career spanning four decades. He has a knack for 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 time we had we want to make this film, and bring Shuddh Singh to life. Karan is like family and regardless of success or failure, it will always be an honor to work with him. I am always behind him.”
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Sanjay thanked the cast and crew and defended the Brahmastra actor, continuing: “Shamshera will find his tribe one day, but until it does, I’ll remain resolute with the film, the memories we’ve created, the bond we’ve created.” shared, the laughs we had, the hardships we went through. I thank the whole unit – cast and crew of the film who stayed with the film for four years, through the pandemic, through my own personal hard times. Ranbir and I have forged a lifelong bond with this film. His craftsmanship and ability to portray emotionality on screen is par excellence.”
“It hurts to see people so eager to incite hatred for the work of one of the most hardworking and talented actors of our time. Art and our dedication to it transcends the hatred that comes at us. The love we feel for the film and his people go beyond anything that is said. Baaki kuch toh log kahenge, logon ka kaam hai kehna! #ShamsheralsOurs,” he concluded the note.
Released on July 22, Shamshera features Ranbir Kapoor in the first dual role of his career – as the titular character Shamshera and his son Balli, and Sanjay Dutt is the film’s antagonist, Shuddh Singh.