Friday, February 6, 2015

Shamitabh - will be celebrated

An intelligently crafted film - the ultimate ode to Big B! It’s a critic’s feast. A novel idea wrapped with filmdom obsession, which is technically sound, well-orchestrated and superbly enacted.

Well, the director-writer could have busted the ego of his protagonists quicker to save viewers from the drag in between. That could have possibly helped reviewers stretch the colour a little across the three stars, too. But what the heck? It’s ego that the director is trying to quell. Does it die in one hack.

Raters seem lost on rungs to grade the movie. They aren’t quite sure how to rate a creation that neither came with a promise to challenge the 100crore club nor falls under the starry Bolly-entertainer and yet flaunting the biggest star.

So unlike librarians who place a book under the ‘general’ category when they can’t identify the genre, critics for want of an acceptable code, is all over the place.

And so 'Shamitabh' has become nothing but Balki's obsession with Amitabh Bachchan… why do we need to hear the baritone bass and Big B’s history in Bollywood after all these decades… is the technology for real…over two-and-a-half hours of ego ride…to a debutante’s attempt to act and who’s that guy, ah! Danush, good…

E...shed it guys, let go. Give credit to the man who dares to be different in an industry that runs with the crowd and sings chorus. We are used to pulling up and sticking out those who perform differently.

In this case, it's the expectation of novelty from the creator of ‘Paa’ and ‘Cheeni Kum’ that's weighing the movie down.

At least give it to the actors. Danush's performance is electric, not to mention Bachchan at his superb best. Newcomer Akshara comes across as Papa’s daughter. Hope the fraternity gives her the space to grow. Okay, I learnt that dialogue delivery is genetic, as well.

This is one movie that will be celebrated only after Amitabh Bachchan gives his last shot – which future generations will refer to when Big B is studied!


  1. Have read mixed reviews about this movie. But am definitely gonna watch it.

  2. I've been in a half-mind about this movie. I've never been a die hard fan of Amitabh Bachchan (his voice though - that baritone can give goosebumps!) and as for Dhanush, I think he's a talented actor , and it's pleasing that people from the south seem to have some takers in B-Town. The concept is intriguing.
    Interesting review, Nisha

  3. I'm looking forward to watch it...not sure if I'll do so in a theater or just download it..but I'm also excited about it ...

  4. I have been hearing mixed reviews but I like both Amitabh and Dhanush! Trying to see if I can convince the hubby to take me for a weekday show. I like the fact that you focus on the positives as much as the possible negatives. Balanced review :)

  5. A good review. A will see the movie on you tube.

  6. To be frank I didn't even know about this movie until I read your review. Haven't watched any of Danush's movies as well. This sounds like a good start. Loved your style of writing. It's a very different movie review :)

  7. I too read mixed reviews though I have not watched this movie. Not a big fan of Big B.
    Liked your views on it.