Ranbir Kapoor plays a larger-than-life quintessential Hindi film hero in Shamshera. Ranbir, who is returning to the big screen four years after delivering the blockbuster Sanju, is ecstatic about the casting coup that will pit him against Sanjay Dutt. Sanjay, who has played some of cinema’s most epic villains, is excited to play Shuddh Singh in Shamshera, a evil, merciless, cold-hearted brute force of nature. Shamshera is a big-screen spectacle that pits Sanjay Dutt against Ranbir Kapoor.
Ranbir states, “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!”
After Agneepath, Sanjay is reuniting with director Karan Malhotra. In that film, Sanjay gave us a villain for the ages in the form of Kancha. As Sanjay says, “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.”
Shamshera, in which Ranbir plays Shamshera and his son Balli, also stars Vaani Kapoor, Ronit Bose Roy, and Saurabh Shukla. Sanjay Dutt plays the antagonist, Shuddh Singh, a ruthless and corrupt cop. The film is set in the fictitious city of Kaza in the 1800s and tells the story of a man who fights tirelessly for his tribe’s freedom and dignity. It will be released in theatres on July 22nd in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu.