On February 15 when India plays a cricket match against Pakistan in Adelaide, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan will be doing the commentary alongside stalwarts of the cricket-commentary world Harsh Bhogle and Kapil Dev. Shamitabh director R. Balakrishnan is happy.
This is part of an integration between broadcaster Star Sports
and the makers of Big B's forthcoming film
Talking about the change of pace for India's best-known
baritone, filmmaker Balakrishnan aka Balki, said, "Mr. Bachchan's
voice is the star of my film Shamitabh. The plot revolves
around the baritone."
"I personally feel, and there are millions who will agree with
me, that there is nothing that Mr. Bachchan's voice can't do. He
has done voiceovers in many feature films and has also lent his
voice to documentaries and social causes. The one thing that he
hadn't done was cricket commentary."
The idea of getting the 72-year-old thespian was to do something
universally appealing, and it works as a double strategy -- it not
only serves as a great promotion of Shamitabh it also
binds India and Pakistan together.
"I think the two voices of Lata Mangeshkar and Amitabh Bachchan
unite India and Pakistan better than anything else," he
Shamitabh, releasing on Friday, also stars Dhanush and marks the debut of Akshara Haasan in filmdom.