Tuesday, June 17, 2008



The much publicized Dasavathaaram finally hit screens today, and even though the hype created about the movie and its making did enough PR for the film, the film passes of as as a mediocre movie on the whole.
A brilliant screenplay that somehow manages to convincingly connect the ten roles of Kamal Hassan is put to waste with the utter chaos in how the film was made. The music was not very impressive, especially when one considers Himesh Reshammiya was paid a crore per song, and while you do get carried away by the gripping narrative and in-numerous twists, the final over all ‘feel’ is not very convincing.
We were impressed immensely by the 12 Century part of the film, where the well researched storyline and brilliant graphics created one of the most outstandingly convincing portrayals of the period. Be it the language, the costume or the emotions expressed, this small glimpse into a bloody episode in South Indian history deserves all the accolades it can receive. Asin was also quite the refresher and her portrayal of a young Iyengar girl in both her roles was a pleasure to watch. The acting isn’t bad, and the story definitely doesn’t suck, it’s the fake graphics and complete chaos in the otherwise brilliant film that acts as the biggest spoiler.
The film has some of the best comedy and action sequences we’ve ever seen, and Kamal Hassan in his Telegu avatar is irrepressible! Watch out for an extremely cute looking Japanese character who manages to pull of her accented Tamil with an incomparable panache. Guest appearances by old timers all through the film, including several directors do add to all the excitement, but the over emphasis on what we can only call Vaishnava-glorifying is something that cannot be ignored. If Sivaji has an overtone of hidden political messages, this one is unabashedly open about its religious inclinations.
The movie is worth one watch and all we’ll say is don’t have too many expectations and prepare to be amusingly surprised!

Asin as Andaal in Dasaavathaaram

Watch out for!
Kamal Hassan, he is the ‘ulaga-nayakan’ (universal hero) for a reason and the bits of maddening comedy all through the film

Don’t watch out for!
A scary background score that does no justice whatsoever and graphics that will make you snigger all through the movie.

A definite one-time watch. You will be entertained, just don’t hope to take too much back home.

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