shAMITABH Review: When everything gets right.

Ishq e phillum, junoon e phillum
Hai dard fillum, davaa hai phillum
Dua hai phillam, Salaam e phillum, Salaam e phillum, Salaam e phillum.

shamitabh-0aA director is blossomed through a good writer. And when both the persons are in one body, what ensues is above our imagination. Something similar has happened with the director of this film. Even to get an idea of such a praiseworthy script and going through with it, in itself shows the profoundness of the director and writer, R. Balki.

A dumb boy who yearns to be an actor, finds Amitabh in the dirt, who lends him his voice to be a mega-star. They come together but drift apart due to their ego’s. And then again become friends for life.

This is such a movie which should be seen in it’s pristine effect. If any more spoilers are given, then the core would be lost. Talking about the core, R. Balki, who has written & developed this story and script, has done a fabulous job. It wouldn’t be extravagant to say that this is going to be one of the best films of 2015. But even when the best stories are written, there is some flaw at the back of its page. Just at the start of its latter half, it seems R. Balki couldn’t find a noteworthy match to the story to keep it’s pace, which stretched the movie a little. Albeit this does not create any hassle to the eyes.

A notable mention should also go to the acting performances of Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush. Both were equally outstanding, captivating and rejuvenating, but Big B’s words pull a string towards him. There was something enigmatic about his acting which drew a line between an Amitabh(character) and a Big B. Even while he was in the dirt, reaching for his whiskey bottle, you would see great zeal and energy.

Dhanush’s and Amitabh’s camaraderie was the driving force to put up a great show. Their chemistry was speechless. And Akshara Hassan was quite impressive with what screen space she shared with the big stars.

A salient feature to this movie was it’s directing. Regardless to say, it was impeccable, R. Balki also succeeded in injecting coherent and lively dialogues. The one where Amitabh says,” Mein whiskey aur woh paani. Whiskey paani ke bina chadhati hai, kabhi dekha hai paani ko whiskey ke tarah chadhate hue?” was brilliant. I cannot reiterate the exact words, but some more of these and you could imagine yourself elated.

With some great camera-work, creating a picturesque angle of an odyssey of friendship-foe-ship and again friendship R. Balki revives a great deal of movie-making which is not based on the work of other movies. He leaves you again with an ending, where emotions are brimming. This movie encapsulates more than what you’d pick up from the plot. So, I suggest you get your lazy ass to the theater as soon as possible and savor this smidgen of pragmatic film work. I’m going with 4/5.


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