“Shamitabh” is a film about the birth of a big star and the smoke screen that was created to fulfil 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.
“Shamitabh” is a film about the birth of a big star and the smoke screen that was created to fulfil 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. less
“Sh-sh-sh-shamitabh is a th-th-th-three star film.”
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Shamitabh revolves around a concept that could be viewed as interesting or illogical. How you treat the basic premise will decide how you view the movie and whether you like or dislike it.
Danish is a mute boy mad about the movies. He comes to Mumbai to become an actor, serendipitously meets a young Assistant Director who sees potential in him and takes him under her wing. Even more serendipitously her dad ia a doctor whose friend has also very luckily gone to Finland where a new technology has been developed which lets a mute person use the voice of another person to speak.Danish gets this instrument back and then luckily (yet again!) they find an alcoholic derelict with an amazing voice who he chooses as his voice . The combination is striking because he is puny and the voice is deep and that becomes his USP.
Now comes the tricky part which you will either accept or say bakwaas. Danish and the AD friend decide that no one can know that Danish is a mute guy and his voice is someone else’s. In a time when dubbing is a regular thing why this should be is questionable. But if you reject this then the next two hours are wasted so you accept that they want it a secret and take it from there. Now having got that out of the way, the rest of the movie is interesting since the Voice turns out to have a huge ego. The two combine their names to form a new name for the actor – Shamitabh and the conflict between who is bigger, the actor or the voice is what the rest of the movie is about.
I wish the basic concept had been iterated a bit more and the director had pushed the envelope till you could stretch it no further. The end of the movie is weak and a bit disappointing. It talks the easy way out of a difficult and interesting situation and that dilutes the impact of the movie.
The performances are uniformly superb. Amitabh as the egoistic voice who finally has a shot at fame but has to stay in the shadows plays the role with a megalomaniacal intensity. He gets a few drunken scenes too, which will keep fans very happy. Dhanush has to emote without a voice. I think he has the best body language in the business and that combined with his eyes make him a good match for Amitabh. Akshara Haasan comes across as a no nonsense ambitious girl with a softheart and needs a hairclip badly. Wisely, Balki has kept her deglamorized and not even given her a dream sequence in shiny clothes and fancy hair and her simple charm gives her a great debut. The only unnerving thing is that she looks like Kamal Haasan indrag with Sarika's eyes. But if you could get past RAnbir looking like Neetu SIngh, this will be a breeze.
Shamitabh is the kind of movie that you will enjoy watching and then debate about whether it was good or bad much after. Always a sign that something is good about it . I recommend a viewing.