Thursday, July 30, 2009


Rating : 5/10
Release Date : June ‘08
Time : 189 minutes
Director : KS Ravikumar; Writer : Kamal Hassan;
Starring : Kamal Hassan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat

Kind of like Sivaji, this is an out and out star vehicle. Just Kamal Hasan instead of Rajni. All else is equally implausible. And we see Kamal in ten different disguises, essaying roles as vastly different as a devout Brahmin in the medieval ages to an American assassin to a Punjabi song-belting Sardarji to a Japanese kung-fu master. We see Asin portray the role of the ‘janam-janam’ ki wife, keeping pace with her husband in all era’s.

We see why / how even the Tsunami could’ve done some good, how biological weapons could be deadlier than nuclear ones, how the state- both in USA and India –could easily be misled. I really liked Kamal’s performance as the Brahmin – the rest of the performances were hidden by too much make-up. Asin was good, too much screaming possibly, but that was hardly her fault.

Again, as in Sivaji, unlikely that we will have too many more such grand epics from Kamal Hasan. So for that reason, and that reason alone, it may be worth a watch. Else, I couldn’t understand what the hype was about.

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