Ronit Roy defends ‘labor of love’ Shamshera, says film’s box office failure ‘isn’t something you can digest easily’


Actor Ronit Roy spoke warmly about his recent movie Shamshera, which bombed the box office. The actor said he felt bad for the whole team because when he thinks of the film, he thinks of the “blood and sweat” director Karan Malhotra poured into it. Ronit followed up Shamshera with an appearance in the film Liger, which also bombed.

In an interview with Bollywood Bubble, Ronit Roy praised the filmmaker and said he was disappointed that Shamshera didn’t connect with the audience, but added that no one really knows why the films work or not.

Asked about the back-to-back box office failures, he said, “I know for a fact how much hard work has gone into Shamshera, starting with Yash Raj’s unit, Karan Malhotra, all the actors. There weren’t just four or five actors. The crowd numbered about 100 actors. The way it was shot, the dust, the sun, the smoke… It wasn’t easy to shoot this movie, and the precision with which Karan shot it… His blood and sweat went into this movie.

He added: “I wouldn’t say I feel bad, but it’s not something you can digest so easily. And those are years of blood and sweat. I’m not the only hard-working person; 300 people worked hard for it. It’s not pleasant when a film clashes like that. It’s a labor of love.

Shamshera is a period action film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor. Produced on a sizable budget of Rs 150 crore, the film managed less than Rs 65 crore worldwide. Liger’s earnings have been disputed. While Bollywood Hungama suggests that the Hindi version of the film only made Rs 20 crore against a reported budget of Rs 125 crore, Dharma Productions said the film made Rs 33 crore worldwide (across all versions) on first day of release.

After the bombardment of Shamshera, Karan Malhotra stood beside her in a passionate note shared on Instagram. He thanked the team for the hard work and said he was proud of the film they made.


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