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Vishwaroop review by Indian Express
Vishwaroop critic rating (Indian Express): 2.5

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Vishwaroop  (2013 - Hindi)

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  • The Talibaanis’ might feel highly offended..

    Vishwaroop rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 01 Feb 2013)

    Kamal Haasan was the first hero from the south Indian industry who managed to make his own space in Hindi films. His first venture ‘Meethi Meethi Baatein’ in 1977 { Hindi dubbed} might have gone unnoticed but when ‘Ek Duuje Ke Liye’ released in 1981 everyone made a note of this fine actor. He kept working for few years and gave us some memorable performances in films like ‘Sadma’, ‘Saagar’, ‘Zara Si Zindagi’, ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’, etc. Despite of giving good performances he failed to create a big buzz over the box office and thus returned back to his regional cinema. But no one could stop this talented actor as he kept on delivering great performances and we have witnessed some of them in form of dubbed films like ‘Velu Nayakan’, ‘Appu Raja’, ‘Mayor Saab’, ‘Hindustani’ followed by his bilingual films like ‘Hey Ram’, ‘Chachi 420’ etc. There are many great films in south which we might have never seen in Hindi films. Similarly, his last few films ‘Abhay’ & ‘Dasavatharam’ were end result of self praising, horrible special effects & full of boredom. His latest offering ‘Vishwaroop’ finally has released after lot of controversies. Let’s find out whether we shall have the original Kamal Haasan back or this might too be on similar grounds with his last few flicks.

    ‘Vishwaroop’ is story of a dancer Vishwanathan / Taufiq / Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri {Kamal Haasan} and his wife Nirupama {Pooja Kumar} residing in U.S.A. Nirupama decides to spy over her husband which leads to the secret world of terrorism. His past connects him with Omar {Rahul Bose} a terrorist leader in Afghanistan who works for none other than Osama Bin Laden. What’s the connection between these two? What are Omar’s latest plans? Well that is what the film is all about.

    Story is something different and yes it does give you total Hollywood type feel. [Spoilers Alert Begins] The first half of this film is superb. Second half has some good moments but seemed stretched for unwanted reasons leading to dissatisfying climax. There are some fantastic scenes like the whole Kamal Hassan track as the panzy dancer followed by him & his wife being interrogated in the warehouse by Rahul Bose’s men. The whole Taliban chapter {Kamal taking training, Rahul’s training to his child, Taliban operations, meeting with Osama followed by the punishment of the drug dealer & more} is fantastic and one does want to see more of it. Plenty of minor detailing has been done in this track which is hard hitting {the young terrorist missing his childhood, disrespect for women’s & children, etc}. The action scenes are hard-hitting and enjoyable.
    On the flip side the overall story line is pretty predictable and post interval the story disappears leaving beind the total contrast of what we experienced in the pre interval portion {The Taliban chapter}. Also once we are done with the Taliban track the grip starts to lose as lot of things keeps happening towards the last hour of the film. You are waiting for something great or exciting to happen and all you get is a promo of the sequel containing more scenes of the Taliban chapter {thus wanting you to see it for sure}. [Spoiler Alert Ends]
    Camera work is of top notch and Sanu John Varughese gives this thriller a total international style and treatment. All the locations of USA & Afghanistan are brilliant. Editing is super crisp in the first half and lethargic in the second half. Wished they had kept it bit short so that the impact would have been there along with the curiosity to watch out for the sequel. Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is below average.

    Kamal Haasan as a director is very ambitious person. He always dreamt of making something different and huge, thus kept announcing few big projects which failed to see daylight. His last Hindi directed film ‘Hey Ram’ had loads of side track and was full of self praise. Out here he overcomes all these negative point except for having a stretchy last hour which is not at all gripping nor creates any impact to its viewers. It is strange that in the same film all the scenes in the Taliban camp were total gripping and something different, but later the whole save America track looked stale and has been done to death. We hope his sequel is as promising as he has promoted in the promos and will have hard hitting part of his Taliban journey and no unwanted boring moments.

    Kamal Haasan as an actor gives another good performance. He was superb as the panzy dancer in the start of the film, right from his talking style to every bit of his body language he was great. Later on in the terrorist camp again he was fantastic. Though one has to admit that he looked bit old and over healthy. Pooja Kumar was highly irritating. Rahul Bose gives another fantastic negative performance after ‘Takshak’. There have been several films containing characters like his in them, but despite of all those he still makes his character stand out than the others. Jaideep Ahlawat supports Rahul Bose and gives good performance. Nasser, Samrat Chakrabarti, Andrea Jeremiah & Shekhar Kapur have hardly anything to do.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum ?

    Dum hain in terms of good performance by Kamal Hassan, superb direction in the first half along with good action sequences. The film highly lacks on the writing and editing department as second hour looked like ‘b’ grade dubbed Hollywood action film. Also, the fact that after the fantastic first half nothing exciting happens in the last hour of the film, leaves you bit dissatisfied. As for Kamal Hassan fans this is another treat for them, though not his best but far better from his recent ones. Promo to sequel looked exciting as it contains the Taliban chapter, hope they edit the unwanted stuff and gives us a hard hitting thriller. Now for the controversy around; I did not find anything wrong in the film which might offend any religious group. Yes the terrorist, especially the Talibanis’ might feel highly offended after watching this film as it reveals the real & dirty side of them.

    Ratings : 2.75/5

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