Anupama Chopra's review: Vishwaroop

  • Kamal Haassan

    Kamal plays the lead role the film, being made in Tamil and Hindi.

  • Kamal Haasan

    Haasan's Vishwaroopam boasts of a young cast and the actor-filmmaker explains that he has roped them in because he was looking for talented people and ...

  • Kamal Haasan

    Kamal Haasan's role in the film is clearly a multi-faceted one.

  • Vishwaroopam

    Vishwaroopam is a war film.

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    Vishwaroopam also has a special appearance by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur (L).

  • Vishwaroopam at IIFA

    "Casting Jaydeep, Andrea and Pooja was easy as I was looking for talent and I found it in them," Kamal said at the screening of ...

  • Kamal Haasan

    Haasan's trick to make films appealing to audiences is that while making them, he considers himself to be part of the audience and works accordingly. ...

  • Vishwaroopam

    "I have a philosophy with which I make films, it may not be best or may not be followed by others. I take the best ...

  • Vishwaroopam

    The film also stars Rahul Bose in a negative role.

  • Vishwaroopam

    The release date of the Vishwaroopam yet to be decided.

Vishwaroop
Direction: Kamal Haasan
Actors: Kamal Haasan
Rating: ***


Vishwaroop has to be admired for its scale and ambition. Director, co-producer, co-writer and hero Kamal Haasan is attempting here to launch a franchise for himself. This first installment includes RAW agents, al Qaeda operatives, Osama Bin Laden and something called a cesium bomb, which promises to lay New York barren for two decades. The film is more Ek Tha Tiger than Zero Dark Thirty but parts of it, especially the beginning and the portions in al Qaeda camps, are engrossing. And for the record, I didn't find anything offensive in the material.

KamalIn fact, Kamal Haasan actually attempts to give the terrorists a context. The film shows us the collateral damage inflicted by America's war on terror, how children are indoctrinated from childhood into jihad and the inevitable tragedy that ensues for everyone fighting this futile battle.  One character even says about US soldiers: Hum Allah ke liye khoon bahate hain aur yeh petrol ke liye.

And yet the film is too cartoonish to be taken too seriously. Rahul Bose, with his mouth permanently twisted down, makes for an unintentionally hilarious terrorist boss. The dialogue also adds touches of unforeseen humour: at one point, Vishwanath angrily tells his wife: I have a lot of emotional baggage and this is not the time to discuss it. There is also too much graphic violence - among other things, you see a man's body blown in half and a severed hand tossed around.

Still I think it's worth watching Vishwaroop just to see Kamal Haasan in form, especially as the effeminate dance teacher. After all, how many terrorist thrillers start with a kathak dance performance artfully choreographed by the legendary Birju Maharaj?

 

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