Synopsis – “Shamitabh” is a film about the birth of a big star and the smoke screen that was created to fulfill a dream. An ode to the joy of being part of the cinema industry, this film is a myriad of every emotion we experience whilst watching great cinema.
My Take – Director R.Balki & Amitabh Bachchan unite again after Chenni Kum & Paa to bring down us to another fresh & diverse storyline. The filmmaker has always been known for his innovative concepts and this time he has worked on something like that. The film just doesn’t revolve around interesting characters this time, but centers on the vocal cords of AB Sr. The story follows Danish(Dhanush) a mute from small town aspires to become a star, but even with his excellent acting chops, his disability has been a huge hurdle towards his plans. Passing events in his struggle rewards him with that missing element the booming voice of the rejected actor Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan) by the help of a assistant director – friend Akshara (Akshara Haasan).
The voice works and Daanish becomes a superstar naming himself as Shamitabh. But trouble occurs due to the ego conflict between Daanish and Amitabh. What happens from there forms the rest. The proceedings and fate of this amalgamation completes the plot. Director R Balki, after his previous projects, yet again pens down a fresh & diverse storyline. But, this time along he could not succeed in delivering the product the way it could have been produced. The seemingly long length of 153 minutes and the dragging second half of the flick can be couple of factors of this almost perfect cinematic drama. The director has come up with an unusual storyline and while the presentation was rich, the narrative was okay in parts. The dialogues were well written. The script was niche and the screenplay was not up to the mark. The first half happens to be quite engaging as we are introduced & indulged into the world of this interesting, but unfortunately soon after the interval the film begins to dwindle as it starts running in circles & at times seems too convenient, well of course until the twisted the climax. One sees flashes of brilliance from its marvelous director, but I guess just more was expected from him. While our parents have grown up watching him, we have always admired & cherished one of the biggest icons of our country – Mr Amitabh Bachchan. Big B mesmerizes you throughout the film with his eloquent voice or by his enigmatic screen presence, no words to praise him.
Amitabh Bachchan is excellent once again and proved his mettle in all departments. Dhanush just nails it again and manages to get noticed even when he shares the frame with Indian legend Amitabh Bachchan. Kudos! Dhanush proves his ability of good, sincere acting by holding his role quite morally in front of his companions. Akshara Haasan manages her place amongst the lead pair to an extent, a confident debut! Music goes good for the film, no forced beats or notes are included. Especially the ‘Pidly’ song, sung by Big B, is a soothing pleasure to the ears. Having such a talented star cast, acting was never a doubt in this venture. One thing that helps ‘Shamitabh’ in making it a decent watch is a new story line. The concept itself is not yet tried in Bollywood. The trailer pretty much speaks about the story yet watching it unfolding on screen can be interesting. On the whole, Keeping aside its film, ‘Shamitabh’ is a superior product, that arrests your attention at most parts. Definitely, Worth A Watch!
Director – R. Balki
Rated – NR
Run Time – 155 minutes