After dragging its feet for quite a while, this week mainstream Hindi film industry joins its counterparts from the South in celebrating the good old masala entertainer with a socialist heart. Dressed like KGF, Karan Malhotra’s Shamshera carries the politics of Asuran and Karnan on its broad shoulders.
With no history books to bow to, the writers don’t have to rein in their imagination. However, co-writer Neelesh Misra has shown in the Tiger series how facts can enrich a fictional story that reads like a graphic novel. Here, together with dialogue writer Piyush Mishra, who is known to provide social commentary to filmy tales, Neelesh and Khila Bisht have written the story of a rebel who is shackled more by his lower caste identity than the colonial power.