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"Kamaaal"avatharam

Dasavatharam (2008 – Tamil)
Cast:  10xKamalhasan, 2xAsin, Malika Sheravat, Jeyapradha, et all

If there is one actor in the world to do such a film, it would be none other than Padhmashree Kamalhasan. And if there is one director in the world who can mess up with this kind of story, it would be none other than KS Ravikumar. Ill tell you why.

The Plot
The movie (as you all would have seen by now…) starts with a narration by Scientist Govindaraj. He starts the story with a 12th century shaivaites-vaishnavites clash incident. A devoted priest played by Kamal is sunk into the ocean along with the statue (moolavar) of Perumal. His wife played by Asin bangs her head against a stone statue and dies along with him. Then the story jumps to USA where our Narrator is a scientist at a Bio-Nuclear RND lab. Following a freak accident, the chief scientist plans to sell a biochemical germ vial developed by Govind and his team. Govind grabs the vial and then the roller coaster ride starts. The villains hire Christian Fletcher an Ex CIA agent, also played by Kamal, to seek and destroy Govind. Abetted by Malika Sherawat, a pro in flesh trade and assassination, Fletcher follows Kamal to India. He kills a chinese friend of Govind, who happens to be a sister of a great martial arts master, also played by Kamal. The master thinks Govind has killed his sister and he too follows him to India.

The vial was accidentally couriered to Andal Asin’s grandmother (Yes, also played by Kamal). Govind and Andal dodge Fletcher and the entire movie is one big freaking Chase. Other avatarams are Avatar singh, a Daler mahendi played by Kamal, Balram Naidu – the good Indian cop, Kalifulla Khan – 8 foot tall kamal, Poovairajan – A social activist and George Bush – George Bush who announces himself as George Bush.

The Good

  • Padmashree Kamalhasan
  • The makeup, effort and the makeovers to create the 10 avatars is exceptional.
  • Christian fletcher…totally awesome character.
  • Jeyapradha…played her role just right and she deserves a round of claps.
  • 12th century incident was awesome depiction and a treat to watch.
  • The climax fight sequence which involves 3 Kamals is a classic.
  • Chase sequences are highly realistic and gripping.
  • Martial arts stunt and ad hoc stunts are totally awesome.
  • The effort in making such a movie.
  • The casting director deserves a pat in the back. The supporting characters were chosen to fit the bil and the role perfectly.

The Bad

  • Poor substandard graphics in Tsunami and Aftermath of Tsunami. Even a kid can tell its not realistic.
  • Asin’s shrill high pitched monotonous dialogue delivery. Especially when she screams “Perumaale..” almost throughout her screen-time.
  • Malika Sherawat wasted. She doesn’t contribute even a bit to the storyline, except for glamour quotients during the movie promotions.
  • NaCl. Bush doesn’t know NaCl stands for Sodium Chloride, that’s fine, but, how many people knows its the common salt and its the main ingredient of sea water. When the whole movie is pivoted on NaCl in Sea water, there must have been atleast one guy telling that its the NaCl in the Sea water that is going to nullify the BioChemical contents of the vial.
  • How the hell, would Dr Govind know about the 12th century incident and map it with his life incident. He also argues with Asin about the existence of God and his architecture. How could he have known about the sinking of perumal, death of the priest and his wife and finally link them with himself and Andal Asin. Oh ya, I almost forgot…it happens only in KS Ravikumar movies.
  • KS Ravikumar and Himesh Reshmiya are bad choices for this movie. Kamal has to think beyond KS Ravikumar and who got that Reshmiya guy into Kamal’s brain. Wish someone shoots his nose just like Avatar singh.
  • And ya, illogical sequences like Avatar’s Singh’s cancer getting removed by the bullet that goes through his throat. Oh ya,  again I forgot…it happens only in KS Ravikumar movies.

The Verdict
Go watch the movie in big screen if you haven’t. Just enjoy the grandeur and pompous production. If you haven’t understood the storyline, get yourself a Original DVD and watch it over and over until you get the butterfly effect, chaos theory and the correlation between Vishnu’s and Kamal’s Dasavatharams.

gRate 3/5

One response

  1. In addition to what you have written, for me:
    The Goods:
    – Balaram Naidu’s character.
    – All roles played by Kamal hasan and inter-linking of each ones story.
    – Very good naration by Govind and his attempt to connect the 12nd century happenings with current happenings.

    The Bads:
    Well the thread of Butterfly-effect and choas is all but poetical, in my opinion, and is very weekly potrayed. It would have just been more good, if they had deleted that line and concept and just said that its ‘strange coincidence’ that whatever happened during 12nd century and at places, the stories take turn also.

    I watched it twice and I realized that lot of thought has been put into this movie. Appreciated it more the second time. Due to fast paced nature of the movie, we may not concentrate on certain logics, the first time. ( For e.g, Andal Asin stumbles upon the same rock, which the 12th century asin had hit herself with to die)

    This one is a daring attempt by Kamal and definitely deserves credit.
    But as you say, the direction could have been much more better.

    November 8, 2008 at 2:45 PM

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