Sunday, 8 February 2015


Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan
R Balki
Hope Productions
Release Date
06 February 2015
2 Hours 30 Minutes

My Thoughts
The movie begins with an awesome speech by Shamitabh himself. Dhanush’s honest and impeccable expression echoed by a super-strong voice of Amitabh Bachchan sounds different and intriguing at the same time.

And then, the audience start tasting a different flavor of cinema.

The plot of Shamitabh is very different. The screenplay is woven accordingly. Ilaiyaraja’s background score blends with the mood of the movie and takes it to a different level. “Dard-e-Fillum”, “Pidley” and “Sanata” remains in our hearts; very much hummable.

Dhanush as Daanish whose vocal cord is paralysed is spontaneous and injects realism into the character. His tears brings tears to our eyes, his anger makes us angry too, his helplessness affects us and altogether his acting makes us empathize him. Amitabh Bachchan as Amitabh Sinha, a failed actor with a strong voice, showcases cynicism at its best. When he says that he fears living human beings than the dead, we believe him; we feel for him. Akshara Hassan as an Assistant Director Akshara, is stuck between super-talented, egoistic and super-selfish Daanish and Amitabh. She acts as the bridge who connects them and also as a strict parent who controls them when they fight like kids.

There are several light moments in the film - A scene where little Daanish acts in front of his school teacher and Picturisation of “Pidley” song per se to mention a couple of them. An unexpected climax will spellbind the audience.

Akshara Hassan is very promising and looking forward to see her acting! Director Balki’s obsession with Ilaiyaraja and Big B is apparent all through the movie. Hats off to the director for making such a script and the Mr Bachchan for taking up this challenge – to act as an alcohol addict with shades of grey. Dhanush, I have no words to say. You are here to stay. That’s all I can say!

In spite of a stunning premise and stellar performances, the screenplay fails. Amitabh’s monologues becomes monotonous and redundant. The relationship between Daanish and Amitabh is not properly established. Barring a few moments, most of them look redundant.

Watch it for its premise and performance. Monotony can be pardoned I guess!


Loco Bits

I am an ardent Dhanush fan. I love everything about him. After all, I have seen him evolve as an actor. Having establishing my love for him, I think I can confess that I missed his voice in the movie.


  1. Thanks for the warning. I love Dhanush as an actor.

    1. I love him too...
      And the movie is worth watching for him!

  2. only 2.5...that's really too much dear...i expected alot from the movie

    btw,,even ilove danush...his acting.....

    thnks fo the review.....!!!!

    1. The monologues tend to become boring...
      Else it is a fine movie!

  3. Hello, greetings and good wishes.

    Excellent commentary on the movie to make one clearly understand the good and bad points and to decide whether to watch the movie or not. Commenting on a movie requires great skill and a keen sense of observation. Surely, you are an expert.

    I was a fan of Amitab and Rajesh Khanna once upon a time. Now I am not so sure. Dhanush from your write up appears to be a promising actor. Surely I must watch this movie and judge for myself.

    Best wishes

    1. Dhanush is really amazing... I am sure that you would appreciate his performance...
      Thanks for those motivating words sir. I am thankful for them :)