Monday, February 18, 2013

Vishwaroopam takes the cake- A good watch

Originally at -"Views Paper"

Director: Kamal Hassan
Writers: Kamal Hassan, Atul Tiwari
Stars: Pooja Kumar, Miles Anderson, Kamal Hassan , Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose.
Produced by: Chandra Haasan, Kamal Hassan, Prasad V. Potluri
Music : Shankar Ehsaan Loy
Editing : Mahesh Narayan
Cinematography: Sanu John Varghese.

After so much hullabaloo , I finally watched it yesterday. I was told its truncated so that no scene is hurtful to any. Nothing seemed objectionable to me. Every horror shown in the movie is 100% true . The only objectionable fact is that all that is shown in the movie is a gory fact and not just made up. That is the thing which is unacceptable !I strongly believe even the deleted scenes would not have  been made to derogate any community as such ! Kamal Hassan aka Vishwanath aka Wasim Kashmiri himself is a Muslim .

Like SRK says in My name is Khan , there are only good people and bad people. I am not sure how many really understand this but I felt even Kamal wanted to give the same message in a different style. At no point he mentions that muslims are all terrorists. He himself is a believer who prays regularly and is patriotic enough to be in the RAW team and take risks!

The story line 

The first half of the movie shows a timid Vishwanath and his wife DR.Nirupama aka Pooja Kumar an oncologist much younger to him who can't stand him for even a minute. The psychiatrist appointment and Nirupama's revelation strikes a chord and is very natural and also funny but her dialogue delivery suddenly starts getting irksome and monotonous! The opening Kathak dance number was liked by many which was choreographed by Birju Maharaj . I got bored as it is very lengthy. Andrea Jeremiah is one of the Kathak students who is very close to her master.

Nirupama who her self is being disloyal to her husband appoints a detective to find out if Kamal is having some secret affair and is guilty but ends up  finding many unexpected secrets about him. She knows so many facts that she becomes breathless!Sanu Varghese's cinematography is out standing. The Afghanistan's landscape and people were shot so naturally. I felt Kamal Hasan must have researched a lot on the way of living in Afghanistan and how the beauty of the land was lost in the battle with all non- humans be it Talibans or other U.S. warriors and other locals! He must also have followed many Afghan movies along with Kite runner many times. The Afghan episode is most favorite to me and Kamal pulled off his Al-Qaeeda look with ease though he looked slightly out of place when compared to the real terrorists played by Rahul bose ( Omer) who is the main target of Kamal and Jaideep Ahlawat (Gangs of Wasseypur fame) who plays the role of Omer's side kick! The other small roles like Mammu , Omer's wife Khatija , his son and all other Afghanis seemed more than real. My heart goes for all those innocent people who want to lead a normal life there! There is a scene where Osama bin Laden is also shown importantly. It was natural too. I got goose bumps when I thought about the training they go through and the planning they do for successfully performing all the heinous acts.

Shekhar Kapoor and Nassar have done what they have to. Nothing great about their roles but hats off to Kamal Hassan who is rightly tagged as the modern-day Stanislavsky of Tamil cinema. He pulls off any role with ease. Be it the Kathak dancer Vishwanath with a tinge of feminism , be it the Afghan look or the RAW agent look Kamal does it effortlessly. In midst of all this he doesn't miss to crack you up with his trade mark comic tit bits. The story is good and technical aspects are worth applause. After Dashawataram which actually bored me I felt Vishwaroopam is a good watch.

Not revealing many spoilers but after being on news from long every one has a fair idea of what the story is about. A fight between the real warriors who want to save a country and the terrorists. Kamal wants to destroy Omer's plans to blow up Newyork with the nuclear (Cesium) bomb and while succeeding in this secret mission he even wins the heart of his wife Niru ! The subtle hints that GOD is one and that people get scared by even a religious identity are all shown in a nice way. Kamal's vishwaroopam or the real face is unmasked when he and his wife are tortured by the terrorists or the Omer's group . The real story starts then and it is packed with so much action and thrill that it makes you breathless. The biggest defect is that the movie should have been slightly fast paced specially in the second half. Mentioned below are few brownie points and flaws of the movie!

Brownie points

  • The well researched subject and story  and the man himself- Kamal Hassan.
  • Pooja Kumar who looked sexy enough and added spice to the movie.
  • Other actors Rahul bose, Jaideep who did full justice to their roles. 
  • Locations and excellent cinematography by Sanu Verghese.
  • As per audiences poll Jet fighter scenes in 3D format were great. I watched it in 2D.
  • The comic tit bits which lighten you up when you are bored or feel dragged. Again the credit here goes to Kamal.
  • The restless action packed scenes.

Few Flaws

  • It would have been great if Mahesh Narayanan reduced the length of the film with better editing .
  • Shankar Ehsaan Loy's music is average. Not nerve gripping.
  • Kamal is cute with his chubby look which we all love but as a spy he should have maintained a much better physique, specially in the first fight which is like heart to the story. 
  • There was a need of little more explanation in few scenes which failed to generate the abundant thrill and curiosity among audience in the whole Cesium bomb explosion episode.

Lastly Kudos to the team for the brilliant out come . In spite of the minor flaws vishwaroopam takes the cake. It remains one of the very few spy movies in India which are the best. The movie is on par with few Hollywood films. Hoping to see a better part 2 

My rating : 3/5
PS: All images are googled. I dont own them.


  1. I don't like viiolent movies, hence I will never watch this one. But I so wanted to know what the fuss was all about. Very well dissected.

  2. @alka : Firstly Thanks for dropping by :)
    2 main reasons which tempted me to go to theater and watch are
    1.) Kamal Hasan - a childhood fav
    2.) The fuss which tempted U to read :)

    the violence is not as much as it is being discussed or may be its all edited but ya it showed the pitiable condition of Afghanistan realistically!

  3. Somehow the whole drama worked in the favor of the movie. It earned all its money back.
    I somehow don't find anything exciting in the movie by watching its promo. :(

  4. @amit : yep the drama and headlines worked and the movie fared well at box office !
    Actually its a good attempt by Kamal Hassan but ya not tooo exciting to go for sure to theater and watch !

  5. u knw, the controversy finally worked for Kamal... I initially thought that this time Kamal got into something bigger than what he can handle but clearly its not.

    Nice review, Afshan :)

    check this out :

  6. @ R-A-J : Thats quite an interesting article u shared :D :D thanks
    I havent seen many movies but theres some magnet which pulls me towards kamals movies irrespective of the conflicts/ controversies.

    I even saw the bekaar manmadha banam* ambu* in theater. I watched in Telugu :D

    There r many fav movies to list - kshatriyaputrudu (Revati and gautami act in it) , Bharateeyudu (Indian) , Swati mutyam ( Where he is autistic) , Indrudu chandrudu( Dual role) , Pushpaka vimanam (The legendary mute movie) and many more to list !!
    Controversies for sure help him. I hope he does much much better movies.

  7. Nice review Afshan, I enjoyed the movie, especially action scenes :)

  8. Dear Afshan, you have said that every horror shown in the film is 100% and it is a well researched story. Is that so? Then what about the horrific crimes committed by US military. Do you really believe Americans won't kill kids and women?

  9. @Shareef: I did not say every word and every dialogue is logically or sensibly put. I have contly told movie has its flaws. Am not here to gauge whose crime is better or more horrifying!
    EVERY HORROR in big picture is true !
    I didn't review and postmortem every dialogue and I no where mentioned US military did a noble act ! I overlooked that dialogue and if its not true U may very well point it out !

    FYI I told that Kamal researched even how the beauty of land is lost due to talibans, US Warriors etc !
    I haven't researched thoroughly. Would love to read your take on the movie!
    THanks for dropping by :)

  10. Thanks for reviewing the film as a film and not dicing ( mostly -ve ) the film as most of the reviewers do.

    The below is not review, but my best takes in the movie-


  11. Afshan: thanks for replying back

    A sample here about what US military did to afghan people. Please see the below link.

    I don't deny that Kamal has done an extensive research. unfortunately it is purely one sided. The film overall is an out and out American anti islamic propaganda. It's very obvious. Thats how it looked to me. There are many subtle references.

    Well.. There are much to talk. Let me stop here. The Almighty knows better.

    P.S: i m neither supporting islamic fundamentalism, nor against kamal.

  12. I hav an idea on what US people brutally did to Afghans

    My sympathies are more with innocent Afghans like I told in my review!
    Anyway SHall go thru the link U gave !
    And I too dont want to drag it much So
    Tk care

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