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Kamal's Dasavatharam set for April release

Earlier slated for a January release, Kamal Hassan's much-awaited Tamil film, in which he dons 10 different roles, is now expected to be released on April 10.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Chennai
UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2008 05:51 PM IST

Kamal Hassan's much-awaited Kollywood flick Dasavatharam, in which he is donning 10 different roles, is expected to be released in early April. The movie was originally slated for a release on pongal on January 15.

"The post-production work is still on and it may take some time. The film is expected to be released on April 10," (three days ahead of the Tamil New Year), sources in the film unit told PTI.

The actor, who also speaks ten different dictions in the film, has decided to keep away from the media till the release of the film, the sources added. The actor has penned the movie's screenplay and dialogue too. The Tamil audience will also get to see Bollywood damsel Mallika Sherawat in the film.

Though she had earlier done an item number in Maniratnam's Guru, it was only a dubbed version, and Dasavatharam could well mark her first direct entry into Kollywood. The film is directed by KS Ravikumar, who had earlier directed Kamal in the rib-tickler, Panchathanthiram. Dasavatharam, meaning the ten incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu, also marks the Kollywood debut of Himesh Reshammiah, on whose tunes Bollywood has been swinging for the past few years.

A stickler to the saying "variety is the spice of life," Kamal, as he is fondly called, has tried many an experiment with the looks of his characters, especially the old man in Indian (Hindustani in Hindi) the old woman in Avvai Shanmugi (Chachi 420 in Hindi) and the I-met-with an accident face in his critically acclaimed Anbe Sivam, directed by Sundar C.

A top hero who never shies away from exeprimenting, both with the script and looks, Kamal had did the same thing with Virumaandi, his home production, which also ran into some controversy with a political party claiming that the original title, Sandiyar, would inspire the youth in villages to openly wield the traditional weapons in the name of chivalry.

Buckling to pressure, the actor-director renamed the film as Virumaandi after the lead character. But his moustache in the film went on to be popularly branded as Virumaandi Meesai, (Virumaandi moustache) in Tamil Nadu.

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