Shamitabh
Shamitabh

Shamitabh review by Anupama Chopra: Magic of cinema

Shamitabh is an original, bittersweet fable about the magic of cinema, the giddy ride of fame and the downfall that inevitably arrives when hubris and ego get in the way. Dhanush plays Daanish, a mute bus conductor from Igatpuri who is obsessed with cinema.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2015 10:48 AM IST

SHAMITABH
Direction: R Balki
Actors: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan
Rating: 2.5/5

Shamitabh is an original, bittersweet fable about the magic of cinema, the giddy ride of fame and the downfall that inevitably arrives when hubris and ego get in the way. Dhanush plays Daanish, a mute bus conductor from Igatpuri who is obsessed with cinema.

His mother lies about her health to prevent him from running away to Mumbai to become an actor. But eventually, she dies and he takes the bus to the city of dreams.

This is where the film starts to wobble. An assistant director (Akshara Haasan) takes him on as a project. She and her father send him to Finland where, through something called live voice transfer technology, Daanish is enabled to speak with someone else’s voice.

Enter Amitabh Sinha, a failed actor played by Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh is an alcoholic, hollowed out by rejection. But somehow, together, these two nonentities create a superstar named Shamitabh.

Balki captures our mad passion for movies. And he pays a fitting homage to the great Amitabh Bachchan baritone — a voice that has fuelled our cinematic fantasies for more than 40 years.

There’s also the interminable length. Daanish and Amitabh are well-enacted, strong characters. Shamitabh is a lovingly crafted film that doesn’t quite pan out. Which is a shame, because there is much to savour here.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee was last seen in the TV show Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2.
Actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee was last seen in the TV show Saath Nibhaana Saathiya 2.

Devoleena Bhattacharjee: You don’t have to be a part of any groups or camps

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 05:07 PM IST
Actor Devoleena Bhattacharjee says it’s never easy and it shouldn’t be easy to succeed in showbiz or else we won’t value what we get.
Close
Mira Rajput poses in her beachy outfit.
Mira Rajput poses in her beachy outfit.

Mira Rajput is beach-ready in new pics from Goa, but where is Shahid Kapoor?

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:50 PM IST
  • Mira Rapjut has shared new photos and videos from her Goa vacation with husband, actor Shahid Kapoor. Check them out here.
Close
Kangana Ranaut shared a video of Jiah Khan's sister levelling allegations of sexual harassment against Sajid Khan.
Kangana Ranaut shared a video of Jiah Khan's sister levelling allegations of sexual harassment against Sajid Khan.

Kangana shares clip of allegations against Sajid, hints he has ‘mafia' support

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:44 PM IST
  • Kangana Ranaut shared a video of Jiah Khan's sister levelling serious allegations of sexual harassment against Sajid Khan. She suggested that he has the 'full support' of the 'mafia' in the film industry.
Close
Minissha Lamba announced her separation from Ryan Tham last year.
Minissha Lamba announced her separation from Ryan Tham last year.

Minissha Lamba opens up about her separation: 'If it's not working, part ways'

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:17 PM IST
  • Actor Minissha Lamba has said that there is no longer any stigma attached to separation, and if a relationship isn't working, it is advisable to part ways amicably.
Close
Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar during their honeymoon in Udaipur.
Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar during their honeymoon in Udaipur.

Gauahar Khan, Zaid Darbar enjoy honeymoon in Udaipur, share pics

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:16 PM IST
Gauahar Khan and Zaid Darbar have shared pictures and videos from their honeymoon in Udaipur. They shared glimpses of their visit to the Mehrangarh Fort, breakfast at the hotel and auto ride.
Close
Shah Rukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.
Shah Rukh Khan with Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta.

Shah Rukh Khan jokingly objects to KKR’s birthday wish for Juhi Chawla’s husband

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:09 PM IST
  • Shah Rukh Khan jokingly took offence as the official Twitter handle of Kolkata Knight Riders declared Juhi Chawla’s husband Jay Mehta as the 'most affable gentleman'.
Close
Sunil Grover, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia in Tandav.
Sunil Grover, Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia in Tandav.

'Tandav is a work of fiction, it's a piece of entertainment first': Sunil Grover

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:23 PM IST
  • Sunil Grover has insisted that Tandav is a work of fiction, and that it was shot before many of the incidents it shows transpired in real life.
Close
Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Blind.
Sonam Kapoor on the sets of Blind.

Sonam Kapoor is having a blast on set, dad Anil Kapoor feels he's missing out

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:31 PM IST
  • Actor Sonam Kapoor has shared a new image from the Glasgow sets of her upcoming film, Blind. Her dad, Anil Kapoor, left a comment on her post.
Close
Ajith on a road trip.
Ajith on a road trip.

Ajith goes on a road trip to Sikkim on bike, pics go viral

By Haricharan Pudipeddi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:30 PM IST
As per reports, Ajith made a pit stop at Varanasi where he was identified by a fan who went on to click a selfie which has gone viral on social media.
Close
The team of Indru Netru Naalai 2 during a puja.
The team of Indru Netru Naalai 2 during a puja.

Tamil sci-fi film Indru Netru Naalai 2 launched with a puja ceremony, see pics

By Haricharan Pudipeddi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:21 PM IST
The sequel of Indru Netru Naalai 2 will mark the reunion of the lead actors Vishnu Vishal and Karunakaran from the first part and it will be directed by Karthik Ponraj SP.
Close
Mona Singh said she was disappointed by Shyam Gopalan's marriage proposal.
Mona Singh said she was disappointed by Shyam Gopalan's marriage proposal.

Mona Singh reminisces about husband Shyam Gopalan’s ‘super bad’ wedding proposal

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:10 PM IST
Mona Singh said that Shyam Gopalan's proposal was 'super bad'. He nervously blurted out, 'Will you marry me?', and slipped the ring on her finger even before she could answer.
Close
Justin Timberlake is reportedly trying to mend his relationship Jessica Biel.
Justin Timberlake is reportedly trying to mend his relationship Jessica Biel.

Justin Timberlake announces birth of second son with Jessica Biel, reveals name

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:38 PM IST
  • Celebrity couple Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have welcomed their second child, a year after he publicly apologised for inappropriate behaviour amid cheating rumours.
Close
Priyanka Chopra was in splits as Rajkummar Rao went on to interview her over dinner.
Priyanka Chopra was in splits as Rajkummar Rao went on to interview her over dinner.

Priyanka Chopra confesses her love for Albela Aam, Chulbuli Imli and Pan Pasand

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:37 PM IST
Rajkummar Rao has shared a glimpse of how he interviewed his The White Tiger co-star Priyanka Chopra over dinner.
Close
Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh got married in October last year after a whirlwind romance.
Neha Kakkar and Rohanpreet Singh got married in October last year after a whirlwind romance.

Neha Kakkar warns Rohanpreet Singh’s ex-girlfriend not to call him. Watch video

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:52 PM IST
Neha Kakkar, via an Instagram post, jokingly warned her husband Rohanpreet Singh's ex-girlfriend to stay away from him and not call him.
Close
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad.
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad.

Kangana Ranaut goes on a rampage in new Dhaakad poster, reveals release date

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:41 PM IST
Kangana Ranaut has shared a new poster of her film, Dhaakad. It also stars Arjun Rampal and Divya Dutta and would release on October 1 this year.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP