The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 is going to be like no other!
Why you may ask?
Amitabh Bachchan Cricket Commentary!
Well, Big B just decided to promote his upcoming Hindi feature film, ‘Shamitabh’ in a very unique style that is set to enthral audiences worldwide!
Amitabh Bachchan, 72-year veteran actor, who needs no introduction for his unsurpassable contribution to Indian Cinema is set to join seasoned commentators like Harsha Bhogle, Kapil Dev and other noted commentators for the highly-anticipated February 15 cricket match between India and Pakistan.
Big B as we all lovingly call him is already flustered at this sudden development, and is spending most of his time cramming cricket terminologies to get things right.
He will be making a commentary debut along with retired cricketer and fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar. Both these men are also famous for their deep toned voices that are a delight to listen to.
‘I am very excited about the live commentary sessions and I will be joined by Mr. Harsha Bhogle and Mr. Kapil Dev. I am already taking cricketing tips from them and getting all the ‘mid-off and mid-on’ terms right,” Big B told reporters during the promotion of his upcoming Hindi film ‘Shamitabh’ in the capital.
The entire stint is a promotional method devised by the director of the movie R. Balki, which is slated for release on February 6, just a week ahead of the cricketing World Cup. In the film too, Bachchan lends his baritone voice to actor Dhanush, who plays a mute actor with impressive acting skills who takes the help of the aged superstar to make it big in the Indian film industry ‘Shamitabh’ is a visual explanation of our film industry and the life that revolves around it.
The film will see many Indian directors and experienced actors who will be playing themselves in the movie. The film specifically revolves around Big B’s voice.
The promos of the cricketing event feature Kapil Dev and Shoaib Akhtar, who sound exactly like the superstar after they decide to pop a lozenge (called Shamitabh) / grace a Star Sports microphone respectively which simply emulates the combination of their cricketing jargon delivered in Big B’s inimitable voice.
What we would love to see is if Mr. Bachchan agrees to impromptu recitation of lines from Madhushala (his father’s iconic contribution to poetry) or some of his famous movie dialogues. It would be even better if Shoaib Akhtar decided to join in, singing some of his favourite songs, we all remember how lovely his voice sounded when he sang for Shahrukh Khan at a promotional event for Sahara India.
This duo would be a delight to see!
The ICC Cricket World Cup India Vs. Pakistan match slated for 15th of February, 2015 will be on air from 8.30 a.m. onwards, on Star Sports Network channel only.