“Couldn’t Handle The Hate And Rage”

Shamshera director Karan Malhotra apologizes for leaving film: 'couldn't handle the hate and anger'

A still from Shamshera. (thanks to: shamshemovie)

Ranbir Kapoor returns four years after the release of . back on screen Sanjuc ended with a wail instead of a bang – shamshera, a landmark film in which he stars as a bandit, failed to fire the box office at all and was devastated by critics. In a post shared on Instagram this week, director Karan Malhotra apologized for “leaving” the film in the wake of what he described as “hate and anger”. This self-incrimination was also accompanied by affirmative words of belief in Shamshera. “Will face everything together, the good, the bad and the ugly,” wrote Karan Malhotra, whose previous work is the well-received Agneepath 2015 remake and movie brothers.

In his note, addressed to the film itself, Karan Malhotra wrote: “My dear shamshera, you are majestic as you are. It’s important for me to express myself on this platform because here’s where all the love, the hate, the celebration and the humiliation exists for you. I want to offer you my unimaginable apologies for letting you down for the past few days because I couldn’t handle the hate and anger. My withdrawal was my weakness and there are no excuses for it. But now I stand here, hand in hand beside you and feel proud and honored that you are mine. Will face everything together, the good, the bad and the ugly. And a big compliment to the shamshera family, the cast and crew of Shamshera. The love, blessings and cares that have fallen upon us are the most precious and no one can take it from us. #shamsherabelongs to me #Shamshera.”

The now viral post has proved divisive. In the comments thread, Karan Malhotra received support from various quarters, including actor Craig McGinlay who plays a British Army officer in the film. “I love you shamshera. That’s what I mean by every bone in my body. All cast and crew members who contributed to this film. I love the movie and everyone involved. Unforgettable memories. I would be working with all of you again #CHALOCHALO,” he wrote. Many comments blamed the public for not appreciating, such as this one: “Those who don’t make movies, how can they be critical?” read: “Unnecessary hate, loved the movie. We love Shamshera.”

There was also a lot of negative feedback in the comments. “Work on the screenplay next time and the second and third acts were very weak,” read one. “Huge shout-out for creating an epic disaster,” read another. “This explanation, sorry not acceptable,” wrote one moviegoer who called the film “not good enough.”

Read Karan Malhotra’s message here:

Reviews from shamsherawere unanimously poor, although Ranbir Kapoor’s performance has been singled out for praise. “Another shot in the dark of the film-making school that will make a camera, Shamshera is a horrific movie from that era,” wrote film critic Saibal Chatterjee for NDTV, adding, “If bilge had a title, it would be Shamshera. Yes, Shamshera is bad at the level of Thugs of Hindostan, with the detailing of the period comparable to that of Mohenjo-daro.”

Ticket sales reflected the reviews. shamshera racked up a dismal Rs 10 crore on the opening day, also struggled on subsequent days and joined Dhaakad and Samrat Prithviraj on the list of flops Bollywood has delivered recently.

Ranbir Kapoor will be seen in one of the highly anticipated movies next Brahmastra, starring Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy. Aided by Ayan Mukerji, the film is slated to release on September 9.

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