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Director :  R Balki
Music :  Ilaiyaraaja
Lyrics :  Swanand Kirkire and Kausar Munir
Starring :  Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and Akshara Haasan

January 21, 2015 1:54:10 PM IST
By Rafat, Glamsham Editorial
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EROS International's SHAMITABH, produced by RK Damani, Sunil Lulla, Gauri Shinde, Rakesh Jhunjhuwaala and Abhishek Bachchan, is indeed a special film. Music has been composed by perhaps one of the living legends of Indian cinema, Illaiyaraaja, whose association with R Balki is legendary and so one expects the composer to come up with a memorable album which happens to be his 1000th, to celebrate the special occasion.


It's indeed a celebration alright as Illaiyaraaja pays his ode/tribute to films and the film industry with 'Ishq E Phillum'. Eat, breathe, sleep phillum is the 'mantra' that the song conveys through its very very apt and interesting lyrics. Rockstar Suraj Jagan does a good work and conveys the intense passion of the lead for films.

Caralisa Monteiro's deep, husky vocals pay another tribute, this time to a super star with 'Sha Sha Mi Mi' in the retro disco style. Praising the star sky high the situational song has some lovely retro set up and nice lyrics.

Then comes the mega star, Amitabh Bachchan himself and casts a spell with his emotive and magical rendition via, 'Piddly'. His rich baritone vocals are a delight to savor and indeed everything else (nice simple melody, soft arrangements, superb lyrics) take a backseat here as one simply gets lost in his magic. Can be put on repeat mode. Hats of Amitabh sir!


Shruti Haasan's 'Sannata' in a league of its own and one can decipher it only in the context of the script and situation and new digital technology. The song has reference to all the greats and even the new talents of the industry from Javed, Amitabh, Shreya, Yo Yo etc

The same can be said about 'Thappad', which is a heavy rock based situational number. Suraj Jagan and Earl D'Souza come together in this extremely zany number that talks about slaps and its fallouts.

We have grown up listening to this iconic ad 'Tandurusti ki raksha karta hai Lifebuoy' and the next song 'Lifebuoy' is pretty much along the same line. The song has a racy rhythm and is sung in different tenor by Suraj Jagan.

While it is very difficult to sum up an off - beat album of this nature, it definitely has class written all over. Music literates will surely appreciate the efforts of the iconic Illaiyaraaja and team while the mass and Gen X might not find it very comprehendible, initially. However once SHAMITABH releases the tracks are bound to get popular especially 'Piddly' and 'Sha Sha' as also 'Sannata'.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below

 Rating : 
3.5/ 5 stars

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