Great concept that falters in execution.
‘U’ Certified, 153 mins.
What is the film about?
A struggling mute actor’s dream is fulfilled when he meets someone willing to lend his voice to his lean frame. All is well until the stardom gets to the actor’s head and paves way for ego.
How are Dhanush and Amitabh’s performances?
It’s evident that Dhanush wants to do everything in Bollywood he can’t do in Tamil cinema. There’s no room for experimentation in his career down south. But the kind of roles he’s played so far in Hindi is proof to his ability to experiment. He’s brilliant in Shamitabh and almost towers over megastar Amitabh Bachchan in several scenes. They make an unlikely pair on screen but they’re a treat to watch. Big B reminds us age is just a number and passion can make anyone do what they desire.
Direction by R. Balki ?
Balki is a hardcore Big B fan and he takes the hero-worshipping to great heights in Shamitabh, only to let it down carelessly by his over indulgent filmmaking. If Paa was fanboy filmmaking, his latest film is yet another star-obsessed indulgence where the sole objective is to pay tribute to all things associated with south. While Balki presents a fairly original and interesting concept, which is presented beautifully in the first half, it loses steam and fizzles out by the end.
Akshara Haasan and Other artist’s performance?
It’s unfair to judge a newcomer’s performance when pitted against highly talented actors such as Big B and Dhanush, yet Akshara, who has Kamal Haasan’s acting veins, is quite good in her debut performance and takes effort to stand out. There aren’t any other notable performances as the story revolves around the three lead characters – Dhanush, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshara Haasan.
Music and other departments?
For a change, Illayaraja doesn’t use any of his old tracks like he did in Cheeni Kum and Paa. While experimenting with some new tunes, his music doesn’t really gel well with the story as they’re too cool for the story. He does earn some brownie points for making Big B croon a chartbuster Piddly. P.C Sreeram’s cinematography is good but he spends lot of time focusing on things that are usually out of the frame.
Concept and performances.
Execution and length.
The melodramatic end could be avoided and the story should’ve continued the way Dhanush explains it before the climax scene.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes, thanks to the performances.
Will you recommend it?
Strictly for fans of Dhanush and Amitabh.
Shamitabh Review by Siddartha Toleti