The movie Shamitabh is basically Bollywood thriller which is released in the theaters on 6th February 2015 worldwide. Danish (Dhanush) and Amitabh (Amitabh Bachchan) are like ‘whisky’ and ‘paani’ : the former is an unprepossessing runaway, like a million others, who fetches up in Mumbai in order to become a star; the latter is a wasted alcoholic with a voice that we have known and loved, on and off screen. The coming together of the two– the ‘mixture’– becomes ‘Shamitabh’, super-successful Bollywood hero, aided and abetted by a bright young thing Akshara, a small cog in the big movie business.
Directed by R. Balki who has given us films like Cheeni Kum and Paa earlier, expectations were high for SHAMITABH featuring Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and debutant Akshara Haasan. The film spends much time critiquing the ways of Bollywood, but ends up repeating many of the very follies it takes a dig at. Shamitabh is watchable on account of the great performances. Shamitabh is recommended only for its storyline, the quality of the performances and its technical brilliance. Shamitabh might have benefitted had Balki gone a little easier on his obsession with the ageless superstar.
We can rate it 3 out of 5.