Shamitabh | Movie Review 08 Feb 2015   284



Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan
Direction: R Balki
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 33 minutes

Critics Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

So, Shamitabh has a lovely concept – a boy falls in love with the movies and dreams of becoming a star. He has pizzazz, passion, presence – but no voice. Daanish (Dhanush) is born mute, his soul, like the film-mad lad of Cinema Paradiso, finding utterance with movies, Igatpuri’s bus conductor (rather like a certain Rajini Sir) determined to achieve stardom. Daanish hits Film City and impresses assistant director Akshara (Haasan) but directors reject a mute hero.
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Like his previous films “Cheeni Kum” and “Paa”, director R Balki’s “Shamitabh” is constructed around a terrific, refreshingly original premise. A superstar is born when a talented but mute struggling actor (Dhanush) ‘borrows’ the booming baritone of an ageing alcoholic drifter (Amitabh Bachchan). Balkiskillfully blends wildly disparate ideas to give us a film that is in equal parts a drama about partnership and ego, and a cheeky insider look at Bollywood.
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An unusual plot premise is coupled with a writer-director’s self-confessed Big B-fixation in Shamitabh. Dollops of stylistic flourishes and narrative sleights are added to the mix and stirred with utmost vigour. The result of the exercise is too uneven to be consistently enjoyable.
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Shamitabh spends all its time explaining its own jokes, notes Raja Sen. This just in: Amitabh Bachchan, an actor some of you might have heard of, has a pretty good voice. What? Not exactly breaking news?
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Bollywood Hungama:

Bollywood is one place which is always open to any kind of permutations and combinations. Be it the casting in the films or even the selection of the film’s titles, Bollywood has seen it all happen! This week’s release goes by the name of SHAMITABH, which when decoded, is the combination of Dhanu’sh’ and ‘Amitabh’, who also happen to be the lead stars in the film, which is directed by R. Balki. Does the film live up to the hype? Let’s analyze.
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The Indian Express:

A reedy, scrawny, voice-less wannabe actor rides piggyback on a hypnotic, heavy baritone to super success in Bollywood : the premise of ‘Shamitabh’ is fabulous on many levels. Because of the cross-connections it makes with real life and reel life. Because of what we already know about the actors, stored in our memory banks. Because of its sheer degree of meta-ness.
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