At last, the most awaited movie of the year is out. Does it live up to the expectations?
Fantastic 15 minutes
Movie kicks off with Kamal’s speech in a meeting. He narrates a story of Clash between Saivam (Siva) and Vainavam (Vishnu) which happened in 1200 AD. The Chola King (Napoleon), a devotee of Lord Shiva issues an order to remove the Lord Vishnu’s Idol from a temple and to put it under the sea. Rangaraja Nambi (Kamal) appears on the screen saying "Adiyen Ramanuja Dasan" and fights against the men but in vain. Chola King issues Nambi a warning that he’ll leave Nambi alive if says “Om Namachivaya” once else Nambi will also get under the sea along the Idol. Nambi’s wife Kothai (Asin) and other relatives ask him to say “Om Namachivaya” to save his life. Silence for few seconds. Kamal starts saying “Om……”, however he ends up saying “Namo Narayanaya”. Kallai Mattum song starts. Nambi is tied to the idol and thrown into the sea. This breathtaking first 15 Minutes is the best part of the movie. Kallai mattum song picturization song is really good.
Then comes the US based scientist Govind Ramasamy (Kamal) who is a part of the team that produces biological weapons. They develop a deadly virus (Vial hereafter) for anti-social elements. Govind later realizes that his boss Sethu is trying to sell this Vial to a terrorist group. Now Govind’s plans to recover the Vial from being sold to the terrorists start. By mistake, the Vial gets parceled to India. The villain group sends Fletcher (Kamal), an ex-CIA to recover the Vial from Govind. Now, the chasing episode starts and moves the screenplay. Aandal (Asin), Krishnaveni Patti (Kamal), Japanese Karathe Master (Kamal), Telugu CBI Officer (Kamal), Kalifulla (Kamal), Vincent Poovarahan (Kamal), Avthar Singh (Kamal) join the screenplay.
The chasing game looks interesting at first and gradually becomes boring especially in the second half. Kamal as Fletcher has done a wonderful job. He has concentrated very much in his accent, body language.
Fletcher follows Govind wherever goes. In train, in Lorry, in Jeep, in Car. Cinematic. Where is the Logic?
A bullet takes away the cancer from Avathar Singh. Hard to believe!
Fletcher and Govind are the two predominant characters that move the screenplay. Other characters of Kamal are nothing but “Idai sorugal”. Singer, Dalit man, Tall afghan, Japanese characters stay unconnected and fail to make an impact in audience.
Few directorial touches
Tsunami that nullifies the bio-weapon. The Idol under the sea creates Tsunami to save Crores of lives. This is where Kamal relates this 20th Century happenings with 12th Century. The argument between Aandal and Govind on Tsunami is noteworthy.
Krishnaveni patti, crying on looking at the corpse of Vincent thinking that he is her son Aaravamudhan,
The young age Asin-Kamal becoming life partners near the rock (This rock is the Idol to which Nambi was tied. The Nambi-Kothai Separation happened in 1200 AD). This one is really amazing!
Why and where Dasavatharam disappoints?
The traditional smuggling story is the main part of the movie. Hero tries to save the deadly virus from villain. Such a hyped up movie doesn’t have a strong storyline.
Instead of placing Pasupathy as Vincent, Raghuvaran (late) as Afghan, Janakaraj as CBI Officer and Mahanadhi Paatti as Krishnaveni, Kamal himself has acted in all the roles. You call it a difference? Huh!
As I mentioned earlier, many roles of Kamal stay unconnected and fails to catch a place in your heart.
BGM doesn’t really stand out except for the first 15 mins.
What did Telugu CBI Officer achieve? He was employed to investigate, but was he successful? He was mere a comedian in the movie.
Verdict of Vinith:
Dasavatharam certainly fails to live up to the expectation. But still, the movie can be watched once. (But, I have planned to watch it one more time, especially for the first 15 Mins). Kamal doesn’t have to take so much of pain to don 10 roles in which at least 6 roles go unnoticed.
Star Rating: 3.5 Stars.
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