Viswaroopam

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Viswaroopam , as we know, is the movie which got released after quite a lot of protests. Whether political or religious reasons, it definitely did promote the movie. So the curiosity of what is there in the movie that stirred the world makes everyone to watch the movie. So it was for me. I am not a person who watches first day first show movie, not even the tenth day last show. Unless the movie gets good review and is well acclaimed, I never go to the theatre to watch one. But Viswaroopam was different. One friend said it was an ok movie, one friend said you can see once while someone else said this is a milestone in Tamil cinema and they watched it twice. And some of them went to the extent of explaining the technical details involved in the movie and how intelligent he is to use these techniques. As a layman, I do not know the different cameras used or the techniques involved or what has been adopted from Hollywood movie.. All I know is how to book a movie ticket online.
Having said that, how good is Viswaroopam? The plot is available in wiki, some of them had seen the movie in other states during the ban and most of them must have already seen the movie. So I do not want to discuss about the plot here. Let us get straight into what was good, what was not and what was hee hee.
Viswaroopam
Viswaroopam movie still

First of all, the introduction of Kamal as Kathak dancer makes you wonder why has Kamal chosen this role? But he has portrayed the role very well in each and every move and sway of his. However in the next few scenes he comes out as a macho man making you wonder why he should be like that even when he was just in the company of Andrea, Dawkins and Shekar Kapoor. Kamal has a past with Rahul Bose and the first half keeps you pretty well occupied. The stunning visuals throughout the movie, the amazing landscapes of Afghanistan, the life of people in Afghanistan everything makes you wide eyed. When we sit back for a minute and realize that when you are comfortably sitting in the movie theater with popcorn, there are people on another corner of the world who has to be under tunnels to save their life and then there are other people who embrace death so peacefully, it gives you a shudder. The life of Jhihadis, how they stick to their belief and their belief by itself makes you think deeper and deeper. Does life have any value? People get slaughtered so brutally making you squiggle in your seat. When Kamal is in the Afghanistan camp sympathizing for the people there and getting emotional, it is understandable that he cannot be a Jhihadi and another story is going to be rolled out. That is where the second half of the movie moves around with poor plot.

There is lot of things which left me confused in the movie. Who is Kamal? A soldier from India working for US which the US is not aware of? Why should he help US nab Usama(not Osama) Bin Laden?  He has the advance tracker from US, coordinates with them to release the American prisoners, helps them track down Usama but then FBI chases him, beats him up until Prime Minister of India talks over phone. Our Prime Minister giving such a long talk 😛 What is the history between Andrea and Kamal? Such a vague area! What is the story behind them to show them close enough for her to remove his pants? Was she even needed in this movie? Did Kamal marry a nuclear oncologist with the idea of cracking this case? Thank God Rahul Bose has a good voice in the past, why did it turn into cooker whistle sounds in the present is a mystery. Why was the Siberian cooking chicken when he was all set to detonate the bomb and destroy New York? And to top it all, they spend years on scraping out caesium, people risking their life to cancer, growing pigeons, making capsules and spreading the radioactive material through pigeons, creating a super bomb which looks more like phenyl bottles tied to a tea boiler and then a cell phone trigger to set it off. Uff let me take a breath. They do this entire master mind and all you need is a microwave oven to place it on top of the bomb to prevent it from detonating! Yeah! Big milestone in Tamil cinema. The heroine falling for Kamal once he just trims his hair and walks down like a man while she is still not even sure if he is a good person or not, is so typical portrayal of heroines in movies! Kamal swaying around in the first half with a different name to be under cover is just the same as Vijay sticking a tattoo in his hand and tying a kerchief in his head to be under cover from villains in Madurai movie. How difficult it is to differentiate from the original character? Who even talks the perfect Brahmin accent as yena solrael, neku, noku, shollungo? That too a US settled nuclear oncologist, maybe they should have added some accent to it. Pooja has done justice as heroine with all the nightgowns.
Phew.. I might go on and on if I write on this. On the good side, the dialogues are brilliant, with subtle humor peeping in, the brilliant counter talks and the trade mark neenga nallavara ketavara. There were lot of good shots, whatever is the technology used.  Afghanistan looks stunning with seamless desert. Wish the place was much safer place to appreciate its beauty. Jaideep who plays the role of Salim kept me hooked to the scenes in which he came 😉 Hope he does some more Tamil movies. Kamal must have tried to play safe by acting as a Muslim in the movie but it still didnt work in favor. There is absolutely no need to mention about the performance of Kamal, Rahul Bose, Naser, and many others. Overall the movie was worth watching once. But the sequel is coming? Really? Worth taking the risk? The protests,  the court cases, the controversies, the release of the movie on the announced date were more thrilling than the movie by itself.
Fianlly, if Hindus get offended with, “yen aambadaiaaluku chicken pidikum, neku aambadaiaala pidikum, paapathi saapitu shollu yepadi irukonnu”, then Muslims have stronger reasons to get offended. Oh and please do not take your children to the movie.

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