Movie: Vishwaroopam

Director: Kamal Haasan

Cast: Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur and Jaideep Ahlawat

Jagran rating: Good

Story Line: Firstly and foremost thing is that Kamal Haasan's enormously controversial film doesn't hurt Muslim sentiments. In fact, it doesn't hurt the sentiments of any section of the people except those party-poopers who think having a ball at the movies went out of style with "Sholay" and "Chachi 420". And "Vishwaroop" is as gripping as it gets. The narrative moves steadily and sharply to an inevitable nemesis. Maverick director Kamal Haasan (and this is his best directorial attempt since the grossly underrated 'Hey Ram' in 2000) is in no hurry to tell his tale. Not that he wastes time. The mood for adventure is built quickly, and the payoff is enormously satisfying. The story is giving you the perfect theme of international espionage.

Viswanath(Kamal) is dance instructor in NewYork city and he is married to Nirupama(Pooja Kumar), she is nuclear oncologist by profession. Their marriage doesn't run fruitfull, so she hires a private detective to spy on Kamal, to find out any flaws about him which might help her to get divorce. This private detective finds out that Kamal is muslim, which shocks Nirupama. In a sudden turn of events, the investigator gets killed by a member of the terrorist outfit led by Omar. A business card on his wallet gives away Nirupama and the terror group nabs the couple.  What happens to the marriage of Kamal there after? Has to be seen on silverscreen.

Thumbs Up: If you've forgotten what edge-of-the-seat entertainment meant, then it is time to rediscover that pleasure. Kamal Haasan dominates the show with three different avatars whose destinies intertwine in ways that one can't reveal without giving away the plot. But that's the way the plot unfolds. Who but this actor can pull off heart-in-the-mouth never-seen stunts and in the same range of vision as an elegantly performed Kathak number. Movie’s cinematography is remarkable. The first Indian film, and second film worldwide after Red Tails (2012), to utilise the new Auro 3D sound technology. Rahul Bose acting is also commendable.

The sharply-drawn characters, the terrifying insight into the psyche of terrorism and the sumptuous mounting and packaging add up to a movie that is quite easily one of the finest adventure sagas in recent times. The action sequences are, at last, on a par with Hollywood.

Thumbs Down:  Kamal Hassan's guts for choosing a subject on terrorism is appreciable. But he lacked in executing the film in more convincing way to get it accepted in every section of audiences.

Complete multiplex film with rich production values. Miss this effulgent celluloid experience at your own risk.

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