25 February, 2021


More silly and stupid than profound and philosophical.


Starring: Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan
Directed by R. Balki
Rating: **

At the very outset, there are two things that irritate you a lot about Shamitabh. One is the in-your-face, blatant and unashamed in-film brand promotion. It’s tacky, and not even an attempt is made to integrate the products into the storyline of the film. So much so that they could as well have called this film ‘Lifeorr’ or ‘Knobuoy’ (portmanteaus of Lifebuoy and Knorr, the two major presences).

The other is to do with Amitabh Bachchan’s baritone. “Ye awaaz ek kutte ke moonh se bhi achchi lagegi,” his character says in the film. Well, not quite. A voice that has an identity and mythology of its own is difficult to accept on anyone other than the one who it truly belongs to. Especially for...

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