Shamitabh is a 2015 Indian Hindi-language satirical drama film written and directed by R. Balki. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dhanush and debutante Akshara Haasan. The film is jointly produced by Sunil Lulla, Balki, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, R. K. Damani, Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan under their respective production banners. Ilaiyaraaja composed the soundtrack album and background score, while cinematography was handled by P. C. Sreeram.
Daanish (Dhanush), a mute man from Igatpuri whose childhood dream was to become a Bollywood actor, reaches Mumbai to fulfill his dream. He tries to enter Film City, but gets stopped by the guards there. He trespasses the gate and comes across an assistant director, Akshara Pandey (Akshara Haasan), who is amazed by his acting. She approaches a director for requesting a role for Daanish in a film, but the director refuses after he comes to know that Daanish cannot speak.
Daanish and Akshara go to a voice hospital to get his check-up, but doctors declare his vocal chords are fully paralyzed and are unable to be treated. But, they assure him that with their advanced technology, Danish could have a ‘voice transfer’. They fit a chip inside Daanish’s larynx with which a person could transfer their voice into the chip, and when the person would speak, the words would also come from Danish’s mouth. They set out to search for a person who could speak for Daanish every time, when they come across an old drunkard, Amitabh Sinha (Amitabh Bachchan), lying on the footpath. Amitabh also wanted to become an actor but was rejected because of his voice.
Daanish approaches the director again, who agrees to launch him this time, but wanted him to change his name. Daanish searches for a name and concludes on Shamitabh (a portmanteau of Daanish and Amitabh), giving credit to the person who provided him with voice. Daanish makes two films and turns out to be a hit actor to which Amitabh realises was only because of him and an ego problem between the two starts to rise.
Danish arrives at London to deliver a speech which Amitabh voices for him, but Danish treats him like a servant. Amitabh later becomes inebriated and is arrested after attacking a police officer, but Danish bails him out. When the duo return to Mumbai, journalists ask Danish if he is apologetic about the incident. Danish tells Amitabh to say that he apologises from his servant, Amitabh’s side. Enraged, Amitabh mischievously makes him reply in negative, much to Danish’s fury. The duo parts ways; Danish plays a mute person in his next film, while Amitabh dubs for another actor in a different film. Both films fail.
Akshara makes both Amitabh and Daanish realise they are nothing without each other and gets them together for a film titled Sorry, which she is directing. Meanwhile, Akshara and Daanish tell that they like each other. While Amitabh and Daanish are on the way to the venue of the press meet for Sorry, a car accident occurs; Daanish is killed while Amitabh’s larynx is damaged, making him mute.
Some time later, Amitabh paces around Daanish’s grave with the script of Sorry, imagining that Daanish is still alive and practising his lines for the film.
Amitabh Bachchan as Amitabh Sinha/Robert
Dhanush as Danish/Shamitabh
Akshara Haasan as Akshara Pandey
Ivan Rodrigues as Anay Verma
Rukmini Vijayakumar as herself
Rekha as herself
Abhinaya as herself
Abhimanyu Chaudhary as reporter
Rajeev Ravindranathan as a media reporter
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra