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May 05, 2016 08:09 AM 3008 Views (via Android App)





A special unorthodox, refreshing kind of cinema that will appeal only to a certain group of audience, This is a tribute to the voice of God - Amitabh Bachchan. It's an engaging and tricky movie stuffed with unparallel intelligence in so many levels, that it has the capability to bold you over, but requires a patient watch. Watch it for the epic clash between super talented Dhanush and the legendary Sir Amitabh Bachchan and also for the brilliant beginning 20 minutes of masterclass direction, especially the parts of the child actor who portrays the role of Dhanush.

Coming from Paa( 2007) & Cheeni Kum( 2009), director R.Balki's movies have three thing always in common, first being Sir Amitabh Bachchan, second being one of the finest music composer IIlaiyaraaja and the third being a completely innovative story line. All his films have been unique and refreshing in content, Shamitabh( 2015) being no different.

Before Amitabh Bachchan became an actor, he had reportedly applied for an announcer's job at All India Radio, but was turned down as his voice wasn't deemed suitable for the work. It's a bit of history that R Balki reminds us of in Shamitabh. And now of course his voice needs no introduction, it is referred as the voice of god by Rekha in this movie, and is also the voice of India. This is the best tribute one could ever offer to the profound and intense voice of Big B.

Shamitabh, is the best justified title, the movie could have got, as everyone knows it's not a picture, it's a mixture of Dhanush+ Amitabh which gives rise to Shamitabh. Once you have casted the legendary actor Bachchan Sir and the super talented Dhanush, the job is half done, rest comes to the execution of the movie.

The movie starts with the brilliant entry of Dhanush in his press conference for the movie named Lifebuoy, with the voice of Big B. He addresses to the press about his movie and decides to brief them about his past about the journey from his village to Mumbai. Soon we are taken into the haunting flashbacks by Dhanush in his childhood. Clearly the best part of the movie is it's first twenty minutes which shows Dhanush as a voice less guy, struggling to become an actor. The child artist who played the role of Dhanush was simply exceptional in the scene where he was asked by his teacher to show his acting talents. The child asked for a situation( scene) and the teacher asked him to enact the sequence of his mother's death. With fire in his eyes and no possible speaker in his vocal cord, the child begin his acting, which was nothing sort of an hair raising performance, where he literally broke down in to tears and there on attacking the teacher blaming him for his mother's death, and raising his collar in style after he succeeded in getting him away from the open class room. My God, Brilliant, master class direction I must say.

Akshara Hassan, was clinical in her role of an assistant director, who helps Dhanush to implant a microchip in his vocal cord which will capture the voice of another person within 400m radius and translate the same through his vocal cord with a certain seconds of input lag through bluetooth. With the search of a perfect voice for Dhanush, they come across Amitabh Bachchan, as a drunkyard lying in the side of a street whispering in his magnanimous voice.

Dhanush( Pani) - 43% Vs Amitabh( Whisky) -57%

When Amitabh finally decides to lend his voice to Dhanush, from there on the movie enters into an ego battle between the two, both clashing in their own supremacy. They are like working together but even poles apart. Dhanush, has not used his voice in the movie, but has pulled off a fantastic performance syncing Big B's voice in to his own voice. Dhanush here performs most of his acting through his actions, and expressions, and he is just brilliant in each and every frame. This is also a more superior performance of Dhanush compared to Raanjhana. But wait, we can't only talk about Dhanush, Big B with his unique style of dialogue delivery floors you instantly from the start and also overshadows Dhanush even if he has a lesser screen space. He is just a tad better than Dhanush. But an eye candy clash awaits you, seeing both these legends pitted against each other .

In a scene of hillarious clash between two movies in Shamitabh namely Issssshq and Thappad, the media comes up with a funny headline, Kya yeh Ishq se Thappad khayega ya Dega. Akshara Hassan in a tailor made role for her is just superb where he stops and screams on both the lead actors to stop fighting like nursery kids, and then drives them to the nursery school to teach the A, B, C of team work.

The dialogues of Big B have everlasting effects.

Ye awaaz ek kute ke mooh se bhi achi lagegi

Hai koi pani joh chadti hai whiskey ke bina . pani needs whiskey . whiskey ko

zaroorat nahi kiski

The films's main weak point is it's execution in the second half and the length of the movie which drags a bit. The film which started off with great energy in the 1st half just lost some of it's charm in the 2nd half. The script here is like a see saw, starts at the top point, hits the low somewhere in the middle and then again it is raised to the peak by the superlative acting of Dhanush and Amitabh Bachchan. It again compensates at the end with a shocking climax justifying the dialogue Main Finish to, tu bhi finish.

Overall a very watchable movie from R.Balki and team.

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