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Early reviews: Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam

Hindustantimes.com   January 25, 2013
First Published: 14:33 IST(25/1/2013) | Last Updated: 15:09 IST(25/1/2013)

Film: Vishwaroopam/Vishwaroop (Tamil-Telugu/Hindi)
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Upendra, Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shekhar Kapur
Director: Kamal Haasan
Produced: Raaj Kamal Films International, Chandra Haasan, Kamal Haasan
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Lyrics: Vairamuthu, Kamal Haasan (for the Tamil songs), Javed Akhtar (for the Hindi version)

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/Kamal%20Haasan_430.jpgPlot synopsis:
(As reporterd by APTimes.com) Set in USA and Afghanistan, the movie revolves around Bharatnatyam teacher Vishwanath (Kamal Haasan) and his wife Dr Nirupama (Pooja Kumar). Vishwanath seems to lack the masculanity Nirupama wants and she is attracted to her boss. 

In a turn of events, Voishwanath and Nirupama get entagled with Omar (Rahul Bose), the head of a terrorist group who is planning a bomb blast in the city. As the movie moves ahead, Nirupama finds new sides to the personality of her husband. The movie then revolvesa around solving the whole mystery of Vishwanath's past and his efforts at stopping Omar.

Verdicts
Aptimes.com:
Vishwaroopam is a technically brilliant movie, but its box office appeal will most likely be limited to multiplexes. Brilliant cinematography and superbly shot action sequences are major assets for the film. A very slow pace of narration at times and some poorly placed songs spoil the overall effect. Kamal Haasan deserves respect for having the courage to mount the film on such a scale and with such high technical values.

Oneindia: Being a fan, I enjoyed the film thoroughly and the film is on par with Hollywood standards. My rating is 3.5.

Moviecrow.com: Kamal Haasan has made a sincere attempt at making a quality movie. Rating: 3.5



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