Friday, January 25, 2013

Viswaroopam - Review

Strangely, I am at loss of words on how to describe this movie. It is certainly not a great movie or anywhere close to Kamal's best. At the same time I wouldn't say he did a bad job with the movie. Its just that nothing much happens in the movie. The entire movie seems like a build up to potential second movie he may or may not release. Specifically in the 2+ hours he has spent on the movie Kamal Hasan  paints a nice picture of life in Afghanistan and the lives of the people there. I thought he brought out a very good capture of the 'human beings' who lived in Afghanistan. He showed that they aren't machines who just killed for pleasure. but were people with thoughts and feelings who are into this because of religion or forces they don't really control. Another area where he did really well was the way he set up the Kathak dancer's effeminate'ness to a splendid retribution moment. It was a mini-movie within itself where you could see him wind this coil up for that specific catharsis moment. I would like to think that the area where he has failed - was the part where the movie had to deliver us the payload. In the sense - what is the payoff to this movie? What the culmination point where it all starts to make sense and all the lose ends are tied together? There is no such point. There is no high or adrenalin rush. Nothing really happens.

For one thing Viswaroopam lacks soul. The key part of a movie that would connect us to the characters and make us feel for them. It has a pretty decent first half where it was building on to something. But then like I said - nothing big really happens. the climax is a whimper and some parts of the second half (where American FBI agent ask some arbit Indian woman for advise on nuclear stuff - as if they couldn't bring in their own experts) was just nonsense. And things like 'Faraday cover' etc could not be pulled off without losing credibility. I was wondering why I didn't expect a soul from - lets say - Thuppakki. I guess Kamal Hasan has a nature of peeping into places in the heart where other people do not look. And it shows when he does so in a half-hast manner. Thuppaakki was much better movie purely because of its simplicity. The story had a clear beginning, middle and an end. It defined the problem being solved correctly and there were no layers. Vishwaroopam lacks that clarity, seems have layers but then doesn't do justice to that. As a viewer I am not engaged.

Lastly, the question of whether someone should be offended by the movie. Kamal Hasan has built or tried to build some sort of a trust with the muslim community over time - partly by openly sympathising with them and partly by criticizing Hinduism to the best of his ability. He has tried to cash in on that trust ticket in this movie and that has sadly backfired. If you are one of those paarpana paradesis who think being an atheist or eating chicken mutton inspite of being a paarpanan is a big 'perumai' - it is quite understandable that you may not get the point of the muslim objection. There exists another world - a very normal world like one in which these kudigaara parpanargal live - where people have not drunk the koolaid of 'irreverence towards religion is cool'. In that world  this movie could be offensive. To me the muslim parts of movie sounded true. But I was thinking in the first few scenes 'no brahmin be it in Chennai  or in New York ever talks like that'. Given that I wouldn't be surprised if the Muslims felt the opposite.

I actually thought the religious parts about muslims in the movie was shown in a positive context - that they were basically god-fearing people who have been misled. But who knows how it appears to them -  they may question the presence of religious rituals in these scenes. I was debating as to why Jayalalitha's government managed to create one problem or the other for Kamal Hasan's release and maybe thought of ascribing a political motive to the ban. But part of me thinks they are doing the sensible thing of playing to  vote-bank politics and let the courts handle it. Its a win-win. They can always claim they banned it and are helpless if courts over turn it. Then I was thinking whether Kamal Hasan was this innocent pioneering artist who was facing 'ahead of his times' type issues. But I could not bring myself to believe that. He has repeatedly made fun of and bullied weaker castes of today's society. Life is a jungle and he is an animal getting mangled by other animals. I have no sympathy for him. This movie  has the potential to be interpreted as offensive. I think it gives people enough grey area to hijack it to their own purpose. And that is as ok as kamal hasan being allowed to make this movie. Both views have an equal chance to duke it out in the movie. Just because you don't think religion is important doesn't mean shit. If you are a kudigaara paarpana thaazhi who takes pride in not wearing poonal and think 'freedom of speech' is non-negotiable, I can help you empathize with the muslim objection. Think of your religion as 'freedom of speech'. If you feel offended that someone uses their religious sentiments to infringe on your religion then you know exactly how they feel when you use your religion to infringe on theirs.

Update: Other Vishwaroopam Reviews

1. Amas (who drove 6 hours back & forth from Madras to bangalore to watch this)
2. Harini
3. Maxdavinci
4. SriKrishnan

54 comments:

SathyaRam said...

A bit confused about your review. Are you saying the movie is bad and has no logical conclusion? Is it being driven out of Kamal being 'Kudikara pappan who eats chicken and does not wear a poonal'. May be you are a bit biased .

Also are you feeling that Kamal deserves this for the 'past sins'. ?

Hawk Eye said...

if I was biased - I would have excluded the last 2 paragraphs an given a bad review.

and I have made no comment about kamal being a 'Kudikara pappan who eats chicken and does not wear a poonal'

to your last question - yes.

I am a ComplexNumber said...

I think you captured some important things. Like it doesn't engage you and lack of a climax. it felt like Haywire like climax
and lack of soul.
I went with very low expectations and was pleasantly surprised that kamal didn't make his usual muttaathanam

I liked the movie for what it didn't do. apart from paapathiyamma meat reference, I felt kamal didn't go to his usual place. Technically also it was good. Pooja reminded me of Asin from dasa though not that irritating.

He could have avoided the pooja arivu jeevi thanam. Kamal didn't finish the movie. But there was a last precursor to next movie thing which I liked.

And this movie following manmadhan ambu I felt like a great leap for kamal.

Kamal has been trying to be this anti-hindu and anti-corporate. during vishwa he would have a chance to relook at both. Kamal artificial arivu jeevithanam podaama irunthaale porum, he will rock

I am a ComplexNumber said...

I also liked the first Krishna song and Ivan thee endru therigiratha

I said...

A Hindu thinking religion is important and a Muslim thinking religion is important...both are not comparable. That is a fake equipoise worthy only of the liberal Hindu atheist. (Are there there any Muslim atheists who have not been issued a fatwa against?) In the process of criticizing kudikaara/atheist -- the 2 groups deserve the "/" between -- paarpanan you are sympathizing with thulukka kamanaatis. This consistency is unwarranted. When the Thulukkans rule you they won't do you any favors. You can settle the differences with kudikaara/atheist paarpans separately and privately. But you can't uttukudithify nammalava publicly to the Thulukka kamanaatis.

Anonymous said...


Vivek style sollanum-na ""pathu anju senthu porukka ithana naala nadagam nadichel, naan oru kalaignan-nu hindukkala mattum target panninel, ippo thirumbarathukku munnadiya avaa ellarum senthu vaccha pathelaaa... ""Hailing yr comments... He is being rewarded(anubavichifying )for his past sins like in Dasavatharam and many other movie where he portrayed todays suppressed religion, castes bad and took them to a toll... Nathigatha kullaa pottavan kitta poin ippo pesum Oi KalaignaNey, neraya kedaikkum kai(Thattu) !!

Venkat Hari said...

Kamal's apology corroborates a lot with what you point out :

http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/south-tamil-nadu-government-bans-kamal-haasans-vishwaroopam/20130124.htm

But I can't get myself to be ruthless as you are in judging him - I find myself feeling very sorry for the guy..

Alan Smithee said...

Looks like there is going to be a sequel (read last line in the link).

http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/south-review-vishwaroopam/20130125.htm

Kashta kaalam.

Anonymous said...

This is the confused result you get when you try to voice your views about "paarpara paradesis" with a headline which says "Viswaroopam - Review". It ends up being neither.

Anonymous said...

adey kullaa potta sucKOtharargala ungalukku bublikutyy venumna Poonam Pandey kitta advise kelunga.... adha vida cheap-aana publicity stunt idhu... neways engala ondrusertha paduthina ungalukku nandrigal... mukkiyama ithana naala TN aalunga konjam paravalla-nu nenachom.. kaanal neer endrume kodathula kedaikakdhu nirrobichitteenga....

justsaying said...

The Hindu group in the movie Heyram was shown conspiring against Gandhi; they were shown wearing their tilaks, chanting, celebrating their festivals and also resorting to violence. When I watched it, I didn't feel insecure that Hinduism was being tarnished. They were some extremists, shown in the movie. I knew I was not them. I didn't feel represented. I knew I belonged to the normal sane Hindus, the majority. Happy and secure about my religion/faith, Hinduism. Just saying.

Anonymous said...

Just saying,

Hindus are not stereotyped as aggressive or violent people. So you might not be affected when they're shown in darker note in the movie.

On the other hand, the stereotype is that Muslims are fanatic and terrorist. Anything that succumbs to the negative streotype is infact exacerbating the issue.

-xxy

Anonymous said...

In India, Muslims are a small minority to begin with which by itself may make them feel a little insecure. Movies like these are probably only adding to their insecurity. Most of us Hindus, being in the majority, may never understand that feeling.

Dindiz said...

I am not bothered about his intent or history,both of which I am extremely aware,what I am bothered is with the continued decline of citizen rights enshrined in the constitution of this country as Secular Socialist Republic.

As of the rather silly blog that is precisely the problem with the Internet,where NRI bloggers not aware of the reality flout frivolous comments mostly irresponsible invectives.

Nobody loves Madras and the Movies it produces especially like the Tambram Madrasian who does not live here anymore. When they were in India or Chennai(Madras then), they just had to emerge from their house, go onto the road, and the whole nation would assemble itself into an unambiguous pyramid of social hierarchy with them somewhere at the top. Respect came with the lottery of birth.

But in the First World mostly Amriga, it is not so easy. This, and the natural love for home, make the expatriate so cliquish that he or she finds it hard to tolerate the often embarrassing portrayal of their nation,their roots and many of their values especially in their Movies.

I still know of homes in this city and my relative circle' in which there is open discrimination -separate entrance, separate tumblers and separate values for their Maid Servant,who had a unlucky lottery at birth,a meer genetic accident or do I call it a Lucky Lottery ?

Hawk Eye said...

dindiz,

what are you penathifying. you don't know anymore about india than the most NRI of tambrams. summa neeye oru histry ezhutha vendaam. you are as aware or unaware as the rest of us.

Hawk Eye said...

in general paarpanans are soranai ketta jenmams. you can insult them on their face like kamal hasan does in this movie and they will happily take it. the problem arises when they expect others to behave the same way

Award Ayyasamy said...

"Think of your religion as 'freedom of speech'. If you feel offended that someone uses their religious sentiments to infringe on your religion then you know exactly how they feel when you use your religion to infringe on theirs."

What is the procedure to institute an award for anyone who deciphers the two sentences above?

sreekrishnan said...

You say

If you are one of those paarpana paradesis who think being an atheist or eating chicken mutton inspite of being a paarpanan is a big 'perumai' - it is quite understandable that you may not get the point of the muslim objection

and

I actually thought the religious parts about muslims in the movie was shown in a positive context - hat they were basically god-fearing people who have been misled.

isnt that a bit of a contradiction?

and ofcourse you say you do get what is offensive to them? Thats the whole point of this drama isnt it? What one thought might be positive is offensive to the other group. Would you as Kamal Hassan have done that? knowing that it is positive but may offend the rest? or you know as a "rationalist" that you look at the positive side and hope the rest would see it that way too?

Hawk Eye said...

sreekrishna,

it is not a contradiction if you believe that you cannot see it the way an impacted person would see it.

you and quite a few others are placing far too much faith in kamal's noble intentions here. Assume he has none and you will see another point of view emerge. he clearly know what he wants to show and he knows the emotions a scene will end up creating. the point is how much can he can get away with in the guise of trying to show reality.

for example - kamal hasan has always played an atheist and rejected god or rituals in all his movies. yet in this movie he plays a dua doing god fearing muslim. he is not a principled unchanging guy, he is willing to bend his own rules.

kamal knows exactly what would be offensive to muslims which is why he overcompensates in this movies. just that these people wised up to him.

hari said...

I agree with much of what you say about Kamal. He may be right or wrong, but it's hard to sympathize with a wolf in sheep's clothing, even if the disguise is convincing.

Kamal is not a veralla choopara paapa; he is an experienced actor well aware of the power of the cinema to evoke strong reactions. He probably wanted to use the resulting controversy to his benefit in popularizing the movie by getting free coverage in national English news channels.

Ganesh said...

@HAwkeye - I think u mention a very vital point in ur very last comment. Ultimately it is business, and to assume that he is too naive to know the consequences of what he does is rubbish .. esp. someone who has happily bankrupted many production firms repeatedly. I am happy that at least someone can see through this lens of fanaticism ... whether of someone's artistic abilities or of the person himself.

sreekrishnan said...

No Kamal has no noble intentions. i agree to that point. He has ignored rituals and other stuff in some movies but i guess when the char. demands it he has done it better like Hey Ram. i don't know why i keep going back to that.

The problem here is exactly how you and I see this movie is what Kamal saw it. He may overcompensate with unnecessary scenes but just like you and I thought it wasn't offensive so does he. He cannot escape that either. You have to be an absolute believer of that faith to see your faith questioned by associating with terrorism. You have to be at least a believer of some faith to see that you can't get away without a controversy that you would shake the faith of some by associating them this way. he probably didn't. Or he thought he could get away with it.

He could have very well if the Govt. was behind him by providing security cover and asking those striking to go to court first without protesting. But he also made the blunder of wishing PC be the next PM candidate when JJ is in Govt. She did a well left for Kamal Hassan and put him on the spot. She didn't do anything wrong nor did she do anything right. she played it well i think and bad timing.

You can't get away with 2 things at the same time.

My point is its either careless attitude of Paarpans or their maturity to understand that your faith won't be questioned by a mere actor dissing it in his cinema. We take it in the chin and get along with it. The worst some one can do - like my mom - is outrage at every given chance. Your linking of it to people not getting it doesn't make that much sense to me. Everything else i get it

PS: the Captcha text is really hard. harder than thinking through the post.

Hawk Eye said...

sreekrishnan,

the opposite of being completely devoid of soranai (which is where Brahmins are today) is indeed outraging at every possible instance. And I am not suggesting a 'vecha kudumi saracha mottai' approach.

there is a point where the movie portrayal is untrue, unfair and a very cheap shot. This point has been crossed repeatedly for Brahmins but not so much for other communities. In india there is good ulterior motive to discredit the Brahmins because - like it or not - they form the platform for Hinduism and dismantling it sets up future generations for conversion efforts.

that this stupid community has been brainwashed by 'freedom of speech' to think that being insulted and laughing at being insulted is a 'cool' thing deserves to be commented upon. either impotence or soranai-ketta thanam is being camoflauged as a virtue.

anyone who takes outrage is not an extremist. this narrative has been spread by those so called liberals who take heavy outrage on the slightest challenge to freedom of speech.

Atlanta Birdie said...

Wow, your review seems to express everything I could not in words. The dance in the start of the movie seemed more like he wanted to show off that he could dance. It did not have any logical connection to the story.

The movie was not seamless like Thupakki which had a good flow - Vishwaroopam seemed like it was stuck together in a hurry.

With respect to your comment on insulting Muslims, I understand and empathize with your point. Sadly, we are living in a society where people feel proud to rebel against religion in the name of modernity of thought and freedom of speech.

I am a ComplexNumber said...

A different point. But

https://www.facebook.com/kamalhaasan.theofficialpage/notes

shows his post of Walmart coming to india. And how he appreciates someone blocking it.

Now if he as a corporate businessman
is blocked in releasing his film,
(by DTH issue) he invokes the "i have right to do business legally" thing...

Well you cannot have two rules.
I think Kamal thinks he is a creator and probably a reluctant bizman...whereas other people (like engineers etc) are Veli naatu porula vikkara coolie...

Vee Cee said...

Coming soon - a new board game/app: Six degrees of hawkeye ranting against kudikaara/non-veg eating/liberal/atheist/"freedom-of-speech loving paarpanans!!! :-)

As Santhanam would say - "Chill out, machan!"

Karthick said...

@Hawk Eye:
Agree with you 100%, the movie lacks soul. Kamal is an athiest (Hindu athiest) who always chealply targets Brahmin community and he does this only because he knows Brahmins do not retaliate as others do. Kamal, thinks since he is born in the community he can badmouth the Brahmin community and it is justified.

Does Kamal have balls to call muslims as Thulakkan or parayans in his movies, if not why paarpanan? Kamal has done this in many movies, Avvaik Shanmugi, Dasavatarram etc...I have nothing personal against my brother muslims, christians and "athiest" (like Kamal) as long they mutually respect us.

The movie lacks a strong screenplay, easily got bored in the middle and climax is not at all impressive. Bagyaraj movies have much better climax than Viswaroopam.

Not sure what he really wants to convey in this movie. The technical aspect and details are good but that itself is not enough. Being in movie industry for 50 years, he should know better.

vatsa said...

Atlanta Birdie,

"With respect to your comment on insulting Muslims, I understand and empathize with your point. Sadly, we are living in a society where people feel proud to rebel against religion in the name of modernity of thought and freedom of speech."

The problem is that some muslims generally identify themselves being as one across the globe. Some muslims confuse politics and religion. Do you mean to say no Indian has to make a political movie/documentary that is based on global politics? There was a movie that was made in the USA by some dumb person that was intentionally offensive. This was condemned by muslims in TN and they damaged public property. Now tell me where is the logic. If everyone has the right to get offended then I think vegetarians can tomorrow get offended that animals are slaughtered and they have a right to protest against it. This is not modernity. I have watched the movie and it is not even offensive. If a movie is offensive why dont they ask muslims not to watch it (if they really represent all muslims).

I think, sadly we live in a society where we are going backwards.India has been tolerant to atheistic and pluralistic views for so long. Look at these links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_logic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C4%81rv%C4%81ka

I feel with spineless reaction from our side we are essentially submissive to this cultural terrorism and allowing ourselves to be ridiculed by others. I think this is surely taking us backward. I feel sad that you guys are sympathising with this.

Sunil said...

Hawkeye,

What you seemed to have missed ( or maybe are incapable of grasping) is that taking offense ( by the muslims) and a non-negotiable freedom of speech ( by not banning the film) can co-exist. That is how the concept of non-negotiable freedom of speech works

- From your friendly neighborhood thanni adiching, meat eating, non poonal wearing paapanaar

hari said...

Hawkeye saar,

With respect to insulting Hindus in movies again and again, I think most Hindus who have even some small dose of self respect will be internally fuming at every such portrayals and especially of Brahmins. Some film makers have notably portrayed Brahmins in a positive light, but this has been few and far between.

But I think the problem is deeper than the "soranai-ketta" thanam or "impotent" aspect. To be honest, we as Brahmins do form a weak section of society and totally politically voiceless, but despite that, I think many Brahmins do feel outraged at this negative and comedic portrayal of Brahmins. Our voice is not heard because the media does not cover Hindu leaders as well as leaders of other religions. Most Hindu leaders also aren't as politically powerful because of fragmentation on caste lines.

Fundamentally I think we Hindus give the impression of tolerance because at heart, most of us have faith in the power of Dharma to triumph ultimately. How much we suffer in the intermediate Adharma phase seems not to matter so much. It's a part of Hindu identity that, even in our outrage, somewhere deep down we believe that Karmic reaction will succeed where our individual anger or outrage fails to have an effect.

Hawk Eye said...

sorry guys - was out of pocket for a day so missed approving comments

Hawk Eye said...

sunil,

how will muslim's non-negotiable creed of 'you cannot insult my religion' exist with the non-negotiable freedom of speech?

Hawk Eye said...

Vee Cee,

"kudikara/non-veg eating/liberal/atheist/"freedom-of-speech loving paarpanans!!! "

this is one homogenous category. there are no six degrees here. 90% of the community can be stereotyped conveniently into this category.

Anonymous said...

Except for Afganisthan Gandimadi dialogue on mankind, the entire movie to me looks like a part 2 for 'life of a muslim in India', if ever it releases.

KP

Nithya said...

Totally agree with your review of this movie. Soulless, pointless, message less, dance sequence was to show he can still dance....and his show of love for Islam....he should consider converting to truly show his support. Unnecessary hype for a bland movie.
Thupakki was by far better.

Anonymous said...

Very well said. Movie is just a crap.

Vee Cee said...

At most six degrees of separation between any topic and Hawkeye ranting against..blahblahblah....

amit at ease... said...

Guys, just one simple question...should I or should I not watch this movie.

Anonymous said...

crap, there wasnt any clarity in any of your paras and how could you think of bringing in "parpana paradesi" ,and how qualified are you rate a person of such caliber,

Your maturity comes into picture when opened your mouth on tupakki, lol ,I dont want to go into details as we all know, I m laughing while typing this.
and you think you have the freedom to tag an eminent artist with such "parpana... crap" ,why the fuck on earth he does not have the freedom to film things.

have the guts to pin point things and you got to grow if you cant get those layers,a good film need not have the adrenaline rush, and if your expectations of thupakki'rush lol aint met,silly jokes, dude you got to grow

Anonymous said...

Loved your review and can completely understand where its coming from. He tries his level best to potray his intentions as noble whereas they have been selfish at all times! One gets suffocated with his so called religious sentiments at times! I doubt Kamal's fans will look at this objectively :)

Linish KS said...

Sorry to tell. A person who claps for a commercial crap like Thuppaki don't have any rights to review this film. How on the Earth can u compare a Vishwaroopam with Thuppaki ??? I couldn't resist laughing.

Harry said...

I liked the movie thoroughly, and the layers that get unwind with flashbacks. It's not for mass, and I don't think kamal sir targeted this movie for mass. For a change, we get to see the other side of afgan life. I was so touched with the Omar 's family that is completely opposite to a terrorist. Movie has been handled intellectually and it will appeal to most, if not all. I sincerely hope that kamal sir would produce the sequel.

Anonymous said...

Every one is entitled to have his/ her view of the movie. If Kamal Haasan has the right to "Freedom of Expression" then any particular community has the right to get hurt by the movie. But they don't have the right to arm twist the state government and the creator to get it completely banned. While the writer may be true in opposing Kamal's intellectual arrogance, this prejudice should not be reflected in the movie review.

Anonymous said...

I felt the movie was imcomplete...
the movie ended when we were watinting for something big to happen...

Saro said...

I posted a response to your post and for some reason it's not here, so here I go again. I completely agree with you, I don't know if it's a bad movie, but it is certainly disappointing. I think that all religious groups need to get their stuff together and perhaps fight for what is important rather than a movie's portrayal of themselves. I watch a movie for entertainment, and I'm ok with drama, but I didn't want to watch a national geographic episode on a day in the life of a terrorist. For that, I'd have stayed at home and watched NG. I didn't want to go to a tamil movie to have it compared to a movie from Hollywood. I'd have bought tickets to an English movie then. And more than anything, if you want to sell Nat Geo/ Hollywood, at least have a story that's not based on stereotypical characters that you don't care about! Please.

Anonymous said...

Boss, you have to view each thing in its own layer. Compare apples with apple.....

Here is a guy made a Tamil Movie looked at by Holiwood level too...

And you compare that with a movie created purely for a tamilian mass as in Tuppakki!

And not sure how many holiwood movies we see and get out with a the movie ends in the same railway station where it started, after the vacation was over! 2b>

saptha said...

a man can't be so perfect as u want. kamal hassan's views about religion is love is god . so don't tyr to interpret his ideas with your;

Anonymous said...

appadi podu aruvala!

-sr

jãńàñïê šv said...

I totally agree with the 'criticising Hinduism to the best of his ability' part. Felt it throughout the first half. And it seemed like an attempt to just DRIVE into your head , within the first few minutes, that the heroine was a Brahmin, with the over-use of the language.

Johnson Ebenezer said...

Cheers!!!!!
By far an honest review !!!!'
Even thou I did not like ThupKki I found it to be digestible as u indicated, and I feel Mr. Hassan created this concussion of events to get his cheap publicity for his movie.

Krish Sriram said...

Good review. What exactly I felt watching the movie. The idea of infiltrating Al-Qaeda I have already read in Forsyth's The Afghan. And coming to explode a nuclear device in an American city I think the idea is already used by Tom Clancy...not sure about the novel's title..And Kamal Hasan as you said must have been over confident about his Muslim brethren before releasing his movie..as you point blank pointed as kamal having been criticizing Hinduism and glorifying conveniently Islam and Christianity in his movies. He is no more secular than the Dravidian movement frauds like Veeramani and Karunanidhi. Always there is this paarpana kamanati kumbal scheming and plotting to destroy the scores of non-paarpana, dravida kootam. Easy target is this paarpanargal. Even in this movie that " Vadi Paapathi amma " dialogue showed his bias. I used to admire Kamal once for his beyond the local circuit thinking but oflate disillusioned about his artificial speeches and unnecessarily complex ways of expressing things.

Coming to the movie, I have already mentioned I couldn't help the parallels between Forsyth's and Clancy's novels with Vishwaroopam. First half is good with the build up, setting up the platform but second half a bitter disappointment. Kamal must have been confused as to how to go about further. He always have this problem of complicating things when a story can be simply told in linear fashion. Sometimes I wonder if he is suffering from delusions of grandeur and megalomania. I would give this movie a 5 out 10 rating.

Krish Sriram said...

The FBI seeking the help of Dr.Nirupama for her expertise and not having their own team is quite laughable and that too an Oncologist happened to be there is being taken on board without any security clearance, when the US establishment have the most advanced tech wizards and facilities. Typical Indian masala. I wonder whether Kamal would dare to portray or speak publicly of a muslim or christian as an unholy character or would be gutsy to criticise the stupidity in those religions. Kamal is nothing but another pseudo secular, cherry picking closet atheist the qualities which i find in many dravidian movement members. The more i see him the more it reminds me of many other things and am disillusioned of his intelligence.

Vikram said...

You see, I have an ability to foresee if a movie would turn out well just by watching the trailer. After watching Viswaroopam trailer, I knew immediately that Viswaroopam was going to far exceed my expectations with regard to a Kamal's movie. I expected nothing less than melancholy, boring, "Trying-too-hard-to-be- American",hard to understand, convoluted, political and brahministic movie. I must say Viswaroopam didn't disappoint me. Kamal has lost it man! He was ahead of his time a long time ago but not anymore. He is just living off his past glory. He is just lost in limbo,thinking people will be in awesome with his good-for-nothing ambitious attempt at film making.

Ok coming back to Viswaroopam, Why the hell is he a kathak dancer? To show he can still dance? How can a Muslim RAW agent(Wisam) from india learn kathak so well to the extent of being a master at it. Crap. He got carried away as usual.

The movie starts off well but got damn boring along the way. Afghanistan scenes were mostly boring. Mix of Arabic, hindi,pashto and tamil dialogues made the movie less engaging. It didn't feel like a action movie at all. It felt like "Hey Ram" in some parts.





Anonymous said...

Probably one of the worst movies kamal has ever produced.
Unnecessary denigration of Brahmins is condemnable.

Poor taste and lack of home work.