BollySitter Recommended Age: 12+
BollySitter Family GO Factor: 2.0/5.0
The Review Monk TRM Score: 5.8/10.0
Directed by: R. Balki
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush, Akshara Haasan
Written By: R. Balki
Music by: Illaiyaraaja
Produced by: R. Balki, Sunil Lulla
Running time: 153 mins.
SHAMITABH is director R.Balki’s follow-up to “CHEENI KUM” and “PAA” that continues to highlight his fondness and appreciation for Amitabh Bachchan. The film is appropriate for viewing with kids 12 years and older due to language and sexual situations. SHAMITABH narrates the story of three individuals – an aspiring actor from a small-town village, a failed actor who has taken to drinking in his old age and a budding young female director – all three of whom join hands for a purpose that will eventually serve their selfish interests.
SHAMITABH starts off as a simple, clean family film in the first half but degenerates into something suitable for more mature kids as it progresses. A character is shown drinking alcohol throughout the film. A love-making scene is depicted in a song (No nudity is shown but the expressions and actions of the actors make the act fairly obvious). There is a scene when a character is shown repeatedly hitting another character. In another scene, one character blurts a series of curse words, some of which are fairly gross and inappropriate for kids. A female uses phrases like “Kiss My A**”, “Fat Bloody A##es”, “Brainless Pigs” etc. during her fits of anger. A male professes his love for a girl using inappropriate language.
In short, SHAMITABH is an amateurish attempt with a storyline that continuously oscillates between being manipulative, needlessly melodramatic, ludicrous and preposterous. The only positive message the film delivers is about how to never let your ego take precedence over what is right and what is wrong in life. Parents may wish to save a trip to the theatres and watch the film at home, when it is releases on home video.
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