Review: They say any publicity is good publicity. Which is exactly why more than double the usual suspects showed up to watch Vishwaroop. Sheer curiosity. I don’t know whose sentiments were hurt by the film. Why the ban and why the fuss? But cinematically speaking it this is a hell of a lot of money spent on a film that will entertain only a certain kind of audience. An audience that is used to sitting through long action thrillers where the hero is a Godly figure who can do anything. No prizes for guessing what kind of audience I am talking about.
With all due respect, Vishwaroop is a well made film. When it comes to production value, performances and action choreography. But the story itself is so farfetched and unbelievable it’s difficult to maintan your level of patience. To make things worse, it goes from bad to worse as each half hour passes by.
Kamal Hassan had the best of the best at his disposal. All the money in the world, the best technicians and post production crew, a stellar cast, including talent like himself. He is a brilliant director himself. Why in the world would he choose to write an espionage thriller that makes the protagonist look like a superhero. All that he needs is a tight fitting spandex body suit and a cape. Maybe a signature tune to match. Oops, he already has that, courtesy Shankar- Ehshan and Loy.
Having said that, the film does have some good moments, Kamal Hassan’s dainty dance guru act is hilarious to say the least. Plus it does have some great production on the Afghanistan action pieces as well as the ones in New York. Alas! What a waste of assets (money is not the only thing of value at stake here)! All said and done, this film is still going to do well. At least down south. It might be too long and slow and probably too hero centric for the north. But something tells me we have a hit on our hands.
Verdict: Will be appreciated for the action, performances and post production.
Director: Kamal Haasan
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Run time: 2 hrs 29 mins
Writer: Kamal Haasan
Cast & Crew: Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose