An aspiring actor with the inability to speak, joins forces with a man who has a powerful voice. Together they take the film industry by storm, but will their egos get in the way?


R. Balki


R. Balki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Amitabh Sinha / Shamitabh
Dhanush ... Daanish / Shamitabh
Akshara Haasan ... Akshara Pandey
Pete Meads Pete Meads ... Police Officer
Rukmini Vijayakumar
Shubham Shubham
Pratik Pratik
Sonamani Sonamani
Rajeev Rajeev
Ajay Jadhav
Asif Ali Beg Asif Ali Beg
Ivan Rodrigues ... Anay Verma
Uday Tikekar
Pradeep Kuckreja Pradeep Kuckreja


The film revolves around a very unique plot, where it shows two different individuals having different talents and when they become ONE, the mixture measures up to be a very big hit in the industry. But in the meantime, EGO comes in the way and prepares to shatter the bond into pieces. Dhanush is a mute aspiring actor from a small village but with great acting talents. Amitabh has a very impactful voice. Both, on their own, can not achieve any greatness in the film industry. But with a help of a third party (Aksara Hassan), when they come together, the talents combined, make a complete new Artist. Dhanush becomes the actor onscreen and Amitabh becomes his Voice. But after reaching the peak of success, Both the leads start to become miserable to the question of having more importance in the unique cocktail. An unstoppable fight of ego comes in action And the clash drifts them apart, destroying every greatness they achieved and every possible milestones they could build together. Written by

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Shamitabh was music director Illyaraja's 1000th film. See more »


Amitabh's sidekick (the cemetery helper/undertaker) does not sign the nondisclosure agreement and still listens to the deal shared by Akshara-Danish and Amitabh. See more »


Produced by Ilaiyaraaja
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Performed by Shruti Haasan
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Disappointing !!!
7 February 2015 | by ketgup83See all my reviews

Indian Cinema has not only divulged into an unusual subjects recently but also has created a new trend of parallel cinemas like Cheeni Kum, English Vinglish, PAA etc. Shamitabh have two finest talents in a movie, unfortunately what you get is nothing but a boring and over-stretched film in the end.

Shamitabh talks about the rise and fall of a movie star whose ego comes in his way after he becomes a huge star with help of a cranky-drunkard old man who becomes his voice-lent over.

R. Balki is popular for making movies with high concepts but simple execution and melodious music. He chooses an upright concept this time but fails in the execution part. The first half is definitely a big thumbs in keeping you engaged with background story of Dhanush , the interaction between Amitabh Bacchhan and Dhanush and humor created when both of them struggles to get in sync with each other. However, it is the second half which plays the spoil-sports and never-ending climax will completely bore you down. Screenplay looses the steam and messes up the entire film. Editing should have been crispier, music by Illyaraja is disappointing . Art direction and cinematography is good. Akshara Hassan's over-the-top acting will irritate you. Dhanush, as usual, is outstanding. It is Amitabh's persona which make the film watchable after so many loopholes. The actor yet again proves that is he one best talent in the Industry today.

Overall, the film is meant for certain section of audience who might appreciate this kind of cinema. Average 2.5 /5

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Release Date:

6 February 2015 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Шамитабх See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$241,720, 8 February 2015

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2.35 : 1
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