‘I couldn’t handle the hate and rage’: Shamshera director Karan Malhotra responds to the film’s massive failure

Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor in the lead roles, Yash Raj Films’ latest offering, Shamshera, was set to set the box office on fire with its collection. Ranbir, who was last seen in Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju, was returning to theaters after a huge four-year gap and there was huge excitement around his new release. However, all expectations and predictions fell through as the movie didn’t get the kind of response everyone was hoping for.

Shamshera only managed to rake in ₹31.75 crore in its debut weekend. In an ideal situation, this should have been the collection from day one of the film.

On Wednesday, director Karan Malhotra took to his Instagram handle and wrote a note saying he “couldn’t handle the hate and rage” he’s received recently.

“My dearest Shamshera, you are majestic as you are. It is important for me to express myself on this platform because it is where all the love, hate, celebration and humiliation exists for you. I want to apologize to you unimaginably for abandoning you for the past few days because I couldn’t handle the hate and rage. My withdrawal was my weakness and there is no excuse for that.

He added: “But now I am here, standing next to you, hand in hand, proud and honored that you are mine, I will face everything together, the good, the bad and the ugly. And a big shout out to the Shamshera family, cast and crew of Shamshera. The love, blessings and concern bestowed on us are the most precious and no one can take them away from us. #ShamsheraIsMine #Shamshera.

Meanwhile, Ranbir Kapoor will next be seen in Dharma Productions’ Brahmastra alongside Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy. The film is set to hit theaters on September 9, 2022.

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