Shamitabh (TAMIL)


Starring: Amitabh Bachan, Dhanush, Akshara Hasan and many more
Editing : Hemanti Sarkar
Music : Ilayaraja
Cinematography: PC Sriram
Directed by: Balki

Hindi movies and the industry is the one where you can do any type of experiment as the budget dont have any say over there. Take multi starrer for example where all the leading actors may join together to give a film. Such is the acceptance over there. So this might have kindled over there which could have triggered the idea of casting the leading senior actor of the Indian Cinema and the slowly growing into a great actor across the South India and just have expanded his wings in the North. Thus Balki thought of giving a mixture of both of them and just their raw acting resulting into this film. Whats the mixture all about..?

Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachan) is an all time alcoholic who stays in a graveyard while Danish (Dhanush) is a mute person who comes from a small town to Mumbai with the dreams of becoming a superstar. The two characters are in complete contrast with each other, what Danish lacks in voice, he makes up for it with his talent and energy in acting while Amitabh has nothing but his heavy and rich baritone voice. Debutante Akshara Haasan plays the role of a assistant director who makes use of a technology and combines the talents of Amitabh and Danish to make a perfect recipe for stardom. The duo give themselves the name of Shamitabh and it’s their mixture of whisky and water that keeps the audience hooked to the film. What happens when ego comes in between and spoils this mixture forms the rest.

Balki likes to experiment Amitabh a lot in his films that too with the use of all South stalwarts to his company. He takes the service of Dhanush this time and has made an interesting film altogether. But making him to drink all the time at this age could have been avoided and the long so second half, which includes the bad ending too, could have been thought in other way and made interesting like how the first half was. But hats off to him for showing the bond with a jealousy and the game of cat and rat with two best actors.

There are no words to describe Amitabh Bachan’s performance because once you see the movie, you will realize how there could not have been better person to pull off the role. Big B keeps his best for Balki and this time his deep baritone voice does wonders. Mr Bachan is the voice and soul of Shamitabh. His flawless dialogue delivery and super voice modulation is worth every penny. Dhanush on the other hand shows the transformation from the role of a mute village youngster to that of an overnight star with ease. To match with the powers of living legend like Amitabh needs tremendous confidence and Dhanush in his second film gives it equal to the icon. As mentioned in the film, If Amitabh Bachchan is the soul of Shamitabh then Dhanush is the body. He is simply a delight to watch. Akshara too has pulled of the role of an assistant director well, her father’s acting genes are definitely inherited by her, and we just have to see how well she makes use of them.

Ilayaraja has given the background music to suit the mood of the film which stays along with many of the scenes thus increasing the level of watching. PC shows everything right from the graveyard to that of the abroad neat and clean. Balki has once again taken a movie which is totally out of the box and the unusual plot which shows how the power of acting can make into a good film which might go well with only a few who see a movie as a movie and nothing else of it and to the performances of the lead stars. Can watch for the awesome twosome..!! 🙂


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