Review Central: Shamitabh – piddly niggles bring down Bachchan, Dhanush highs

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The Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush-starrer from R. Balki was preceded by a great deal of hype. Critics laud the performances and the uncommon story, but feel there’s something missing in Shamitabh.

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So is this Big B and Mr. Cool-a-veri starrer film worth a watch?

Deepanjana Pal,

Rohit Khilnani,

Srijana Das Mitra, Timesofindia

Their acting is electric – but also, frequently over-indulged. Scenes that should’ve been tight are allowed to stretch or become repetitive. The vibrant ‘Piddly’ song gets wasted while the plot is too convenient – a rural boy flings his village life behind him like dust, no doctor explains how the mute hero’s ‘voice’ reads his thoughts and speaks them, no-one swears Amitabh’s sidekick to secrecy.

In over-explaining this uncommon story – “Very deep”, as Amitabh drawls – the plot rushes through emotional moments. And amidst the high-wattage attention around the Dhanush-Amitabh pairing, less is paid to Akshara, whose performance, although sincere, sometimes looks a tad banal. Read more

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Surabhi Redkar,

Our verdict

R Balki has come to be known for his unusual stories and he doesn’t disappoint in Shamitabh. Superlative performances by Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush are the highlights of the film. If only it had been tighter and less self-indulgent, it would have made a near-perfect film.

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Nine reasons Shamitabh actor Dhanush is Mr. Cool-a-veri!

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