It’s part of filmlore that Amitabh Bachchan’s legendary baritone was the reason he was once rejected by All India Radio during his struggling days. Taking a leaf out of the superstar’s real life, director R Balki has turned it into a crucial plot point in his next, Shamitabh. With a title that has evoked curiosity — Bachchan announced it a month ago on Twitter — the film has the veteran playing a failed actor who was rejected because of his voice. Shamitabh co-stars Tamil actor Dhanush who plays a deaf and mute rich man with aspirations to join the film industry. He hires Bachchan’s character as his voice. The two become a success together, but a clash of egos follows when Bachchan’s character starts feeling that he is responsible for their success. Shamitabh is the third time Balki and Bachchan will be coming together following their two successful outings in Cheeni Kum and Paa — films with two vastly different subjects but one striking aspect in common, an out-of-the-box story idea that revolves around his protagonist played by Bachchan.
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