statutory warning – spoilers
so here’s the deal,
the kamal hassans’ magnus opus vishwaroop attains it controversy and its state of grandeur owing to the protest from the Muslim community.
but apart from the controversy,i personally watched it to find the special element “tour de force” that could take me aback to my seat and pop-soda combo by splendid spectacles of expectation meeting reality silver screen and a higher pitch of delight note in my personal series of long disappointing movie hours wasted in nearby cinema theatres that were supposedly highly promising with their promos at first.
the start is really good, the portray of dance teacher with feminine attributes to cross roads with terrorist organisation to the out-spark of macho spy with crazy wacko- combat skills and transformation from dance mode to arcade mode in first fighting scene.
however,it falls into a long subsequent ditch of flashback where the character is justified as an expert undercover agent with an american operative snitch plot to unearth the base of terrorist in Afghanistan and to release the captive Americans kept as hostage with them,who are being used to plea demands & confess infidelity of the westerners to the group which is followed by further supporting of the argument of jihad by examplifying their execution in front of the video camera and putting forward their motive and message across western world,just like classic scenarios.
meanwhile, the story wanders along, the psyche of jihadis and their livelihood and how our undetected undercover spy plays dirty within the brotherhood,also theres’ a long branch of connected string to the guilt of an arab merchants’ execution which is to establish the dark side of our character and his reconciliation with his karma in the second half.its long,un-appreciative and footage eating. for gods’ sake! if the man died! forget it!!
however, the adverse publicity based on the hullabaloo of release dates presents an idea of a really big -budget movie under rescue.however,the scenes and action sequences is pretty average.
but who knows,the costing of production has complicated and mysterious ends of which we,the minority of lesser-ignorant critics as speculative beings could only shovel our thinking and logical curiosity into a pile of endless sand and dwell forever but still lack conclusive interpretation,lets leave that to production teams and financial experts.
the action scenes content has lot of slo-mo,flips, rolls, in short- some complex acrobats by mr. Hassan, and not so complementing screenplay-back flash memory halts owing to his emotional packages, and super spy jason bourne styled-krav maga- mugged-man-o-mano fights and flips,kicks, that ridicules his body shape,weight and age and could easily be imagined as done by really thick iron ropes,powerful motor drives trying to give combat gravity and his di-oriented body mass and out of shape-no muscle macho vishwaroop that could hardly be complemented in the comic ways of a dabangg fan but only with an overdeveloped sense of comedy,that too in a comedy flick and ofcourse! the really busy days for stunt team to put a wreck to work,
but owing to the tamilian origin of the films’ gross action,with chopped arms-amputated body parts and blood baths,these are part of great action cinema.i was just there to aprreciate filmology of theirs’ concept.
the USP of the movie is the virtuoso kamal hassans’ acting career streak,controversy, and a big budget tamil movie running hot in north india.
however,the lead actor has gotten too obsessed with himself and his vishwaroops which are nothing but the dimensions owing to his expertise in secrecy & spyhood spunk.so in totality theres’ not much scope for other actors’ i.e. his wife and his sidekicks-> two guys and one girl.
theres’ a lot of confusion till the end about his status quo with terrorism, indian spy agency, fbi and personal scores with the other terror cell and its head i.e. rahul bose,who has done a smart job by mushing his voice tone down which adds brilliantly to his character.
main theme – cmc from used cancer treatment machines is being aggregated over the years to make a ” dirty bomb” n blow up new york to hail jihad!
totally stupid – the continous song played back on the movie action scenes which romanticizes the action,not so apt. for the movie.
hats off – to the screeplay and ability to draw and connect such a wide story on limited canvas and ofcourse the acting of kamal hassan as always along with the habit of eating all the limelight-which he cant solely be accused of,comes with status and stardom of all top actors. so lets see what part 2 will be like. yes!! there will be one.
cool factor– the concept of pigeons used as deception in the end and multi- level involvement of fbi,police,bomb squads,embassy etc,movie sounds and sound distinction in the first scene of ghungru,bangles. etc.
junkmans’ movie rating – 1.5/2 – lead actors’ acting. 1/2- for screenplay. 1/2- surprises,devoid of cliches’. 1.5/2 -originality,idea and attempt. 1/1- pigeons concept. 1/1 -sound distinction.
junkmans’ real rating -7/10
junkmans’ apparent rating – 8/10 (extra one for controversial- curiosity)
junkmans’ conclusion – one time watch,nothing special or ground breaking.
this analysis is critical.