Monday, June 16, 2008

Dasavatharam -> Oru Kannottam...

Banner : Aascar films
Cast : Kamal Hassan, Asin, Nagesh, Jeyapradha, Napoleon, Santhanabarathi, Vayapuri, P Vasu matrum palar..
Direction : KS Ravikumar
Production : V Ravichandran
Muzik : Himesh Reshamaiya
Back ground score: Devi Shree Prasad
Film Certification : U
Certification : U
Post Certification : U

Dasavatharam - One of the mot hyped movies of the present genre and did it live upto the hype that it created?

The movie starts off in a different manner when Kamal narrates it in brief and it starts from the 12th century AD. The first Kamal is introduced in this scene and Asin and Napoleon also join the party in this first 15minutes which is completely based on the clash between Saivaites and the Vaishnavites. The opening scene itself shows the sheer class of the maestro of acting, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan. Then, what follows for the next 2 hours forms the remaining part of the story. Its about finding a nuclear disaster in the form of a mini chip and destroying it as soon as possible to avoid environmental mishaps. The story is very short and so, I am not going to give out any spoilers in this review. Asin does well in her role as a brahmin girl and provides good timing comedies along with Kamal Hassan. The main Kamal characters that impress more in this movie are that of Vincent Poovaragan a reformer, Balram Naidu as a telugu speaking Police and of course the other characters churn well with the rest of the story. When it comes to the music part, the Kallai mattum kandal song amazes with its visual finesse and so does the Oh oh Sanam song which provides some feet tapping entertainment to the audience. Michael Westmore, who transformed Jim Carrey into The Mask, is the one who has handled the make up department. Six hours a day for Kamal is what was spent only on make up to get the right look for one of the characters and it was 4 hours for Napolean. The levels of perfection can only be imagined. The Visual Effects, too, had an expert from Hollywood handling matters. Brayn M Jennings, an Oscar nominee.The sets by Thotta Dharani are commendable and totally its one of the out and out Kamal classics where the whole story revolves around this great man, born to act!!! The way he handles all his characters perfectly well amazes the audience and it is of course a magnificent spectacle to visualize this superb movie on the first day of its release. A standing ovation to Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan
for these classy performances. Ulagamengilum Unnai Minjida Yaaru!! Unnai Petradhil Perumai Koludhu Naadu... Ulaga Nayagane!!!


"+":
* Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Hassan obviously proves to be the biggest positive and in fact the pillar of this story.
* The make up man Michael Westmore amazes by doing the make up for Kamal in this movie and he has done it in such a way that none of the 10 kamals resemble each other.
* The technical brilliance in this movie simply mesmerizes the audience, be it the visual effects or the sets or the stunt scenes.
* The dialogues by Crazy Mohan and Kamal Hassan make up for the comedy element in the movie.

"-":
* Before the release, Aascar Ravichandran had told in an interview that in this movie, all 10 roles are so well explained that even a layman can understand the movie. I beg to differ. I am sorry to say that it is not going to be a big box office hit at the B and C centers.

Overall, a wholesome entertainer that touches the height of Hollywood and a great treat by our own Ulaga Nayagan.

Dasavatharam -> Certainly Better than the Best!!!

Rating : 7.5/10

And for the answer to the question that I had asked in the first line, I dare say it didn't, to some extent. This movie could have definitely been better. And though many movie pundits may say that this is one of the best movie in Kollywood, I still don't quite think so. Maybe, Dasavatharam is the best so far.

21 comments:

Prasanna said...

Good Review Vijay... I agree with ur points...Kamal Ji rocks!! KSR and other technicians deserved applause as well....

Chaos Theory!! Existence of God???!!! What a co-relation! Great!! Need to watch it carefully to understand...

Overall its a must watch!! Tamil Cinema rocks!!

Lakshmi the Great said...

Let me also watch it. Based on your story telling yesterday I feel that you have rightly covered the + and - of the movie.. :) I will confirm them after I too watch it.

Swaminathan said...

It is really a good review king. I accept all ur points except one. The movie could have been better.
Common man it is so difficult to direct a film with 10 characters and explain everything in 2 1/2 hrs. Ravikumar has tried his level best. Whenever u try something different for the first time u cannot do it so perfectly. So it is upto the expectations only.

Vignesh R said...

Rightu thala .. Mahesh anna vera thoondi vittachu .. all set to watch d movie .. aana indha Nuclear idea mattum Angels n Demons lenthu copy adicha madiri irukku :P .. anyways hats off to Padmashri Kamal !!!

Anonymous said...

nice kannotam

Longing to see the universal hero in action
After all these +ve reviews i can't wait to see the movie. :)

~guru

prips said...

nice review da..even i heard from many othrs jus lik u..think u hav got the +ves n -ves abs right..aw waiting to see kamal in ten roles..i wil let u kno if i don agree wit any of ur points..

divs said...

ULAGA NAYAGAN rocked as USSUAL..though some aspects might hurt some ppl..overall subject was ultimate..A MUST WATCH FILM:)..but the minus aspect u told is perfectly rite..

Prasiddha said...

hmmm...good review...
waiting to watch the movie...
can get a glimpse of the minuses you ve stated only then...

kamal rocks..!!!

Sid said...

got the ticket for first day and saw it..it rocked!In my view the comedy at the hospital were quite boring and it deviated the seriousness of the movies.Other than that its perfect!

vasupradha said...

gud work... cant wait 2 watch it...

Aravindhan said...

Kamal assaltah appo!!!!

Mahesh said...

kamal always rocks...the screenplay would have been little clear but with the ten characters it is always tough to move it around...they have handled it better than others...

Other heros of tamil industry..don't say urselves as actors, jus say as heros...only one actor after sivaji and that is Kamal.

harish said...

very good movie,looking forward to watch again in a good theater....

Aarrthy said...

your review well matches with the feedback of others who have watched the film..Im dieing to watch the film.. hope this film doesnt fail due to over expectation!!

c.j said...

cj:
fair one dude... u stole the words from ma keyoard.. wat i felt was since kamal was so keen in providin decent weightage to each character, it's was like he wantedly is includin some unwanted kamals in certain scenes like that of krishnaveni paati who has no job in the car she travels wid nayudu.. and is it so easy to travel from the u.s to india via a cargo?? i do accept this is fictional.. but these kinda scenes kan jus not find place in a genius's creation.. matha padi.. this is dedication moviefied.. and i believe he has tried his best to make b & c audiences understand the plot..so it's not fully esoteric.. but then it shud ve been better... namma aalungaluku aayudha eluthe puriala... anyways kool work dude..

rammohan said...
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sudha said...

good review...anyways waiting to watch the movie...
anyways....

KAMAL ROCKZZZZZ......

Vinod said...

I think the direction was also by Kamal only. So why KS Ravi Kumar's name is there??? I am sure that Kamal must have done the direction also. And also the music and few other things. He always tries to show that its one man show.

shankar j.blogspot.com said...

Mac i also watched the movie da..kamal deserved to be a ulaga nayagan da...hats off to K.S and his team...Dasavatharam rocking to the core!!!!

Anonymous said...

hey nice post... got overall view of the film...waiting to see it...ravikumar and kamal have given their best i guess...let me see the movie and again give my comment..

swetha

AiShU said...

can anyone cme out wid diff points frm urs??rarely...[:)]..xactly wat i too felt abt d film da...gud naration...again n again im stuck wid words to apreciate ur naration..keep tat gng dude..

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