May 6, 2018. Yash Raj Films released the first motion poster of Ranbir Kapoor starrer Shamshera. The tag line read ‘karam se dacait aur dharam se aazad’ and even before the first scene of the film was shot, we were sold. It looked like the makers were ready to go all the way with this one. Ranbir, after all, was making all the right noises with Sanju. A film that worked wonders at the box office for all involved a month later — RK got his first blockbuster in years, Rajkumar Hirani clocked another super hit and Sanjay Dutt got his image whitewashed for free. It made all economic sense to bet big on a star like RK who was on a high, yet again.
The josh in camp Shamshera was mighty high sir with YRF even splurging on a mammoth set at Mumbai’s film city. Built at Joker Maidan the set is that of a fortress under the control of the Raj. It’s also the biggest set of Ranbir Kapoor’s 12-year-old film career. It costs Rs 40,000 a day to rent the maidan and has been booked by YRF since October last. Till now, the said structure has been used for ten days only in the last five months. That’s a whopping Rs 60 lakh plus spent just on the land and we aren’t even talking art and production yet.
So what happened? Sources tell in.com exclusively that Shamshera, being a multi-starrer, is facing trouble with dates for the stars and despite being five months into production, the makers could only manage to shoot a song in December last year. Since then, the makers have been facing date issues with the star cast as Sanjay Dutt is currently in Jaipur shooting for director Ashutosh Gowariker’s Panipat while Ranbir Kapoor is also currently wrapping Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra.
Since both the actors have a packed schedule, the shooting of Shamshera has come to a standstill. Further delay in the film’s shoot will only continue to burn holes in the producer's pocket and will only increase the film’s budget. With Thugs of Hindostan, which also boasted of dacoits and Azad, tanking as badly as it did we can’t help but feel sorry for the producer. An idle set is nothing but money down the drain and who can know that better than YRF who are second to none when it comes to the business of filmmaking.
Sources also claim that Director Karan Malhotra has big plans for the film and wants to shoot in real locations like Shimla, Manali and Ladakh among others. A major chunk though was to be shot at the fortress and we are told that any change in that situation will only be possible once Sanju and Ranbir both get free from their respective current projects.
YRF had announced that the film will be wrapped by mid-2019 and will release on July 31, 2020. But considering the developments, it seems highly impossible that Shamshera will wrap its schedule by October this year.Issues of dates and sets notwithstanding, fans hope the film gets back on track as seeing Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in a single frame will be quite a treat! We reached out to Yash Raj Films for comment but are yet to get a reply on the same.