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Vishwaroop  : Disappointing roop
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Friday, February 1, 2013
Spy Film
Kamal Haasan
Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Zarina Wahab, Shekhar Kapur, Andrea Jeremiah
Wearing multiple caps (director, producer, writer, actor) at one go, Kamal Haasan follows the current hot trend of weaving a thrilller around a RAW agent.

The plot: Vishwanath aka Wiz (Kamal Haasan) and Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) have been married for the past three years, although neither really cares much for the marriage. Wanting to end it, Nirupama hires a private investigator to dig dirt she can use against her husband. However, the investigations lead to a lot more than anticipated, throwing up Wiz’s connections with jihadi Omar Qureshi (Rahul Bose) and Asmita (Andrea Jeremiah), revealing the dual shades of every character, including Wiz himself. 

The good: It must be said straightaway that the bad press, the flak from a state government and the charge of hurting Muslim sentiments, are totally off the mark. Kamal shows no insensitivity in his portrayal of Muslims. Having underlined that point, the film’s main strength lies in its acting, especially from the male cast. Kamal Haasan slips into his character with ease and conviction, be it as a kathak teacher or a RAW agent. Rahul Bose is effective and believable, while Andrea Jeremiah, although lacking screen space, is good.

The writing of the film (Kamal Haasan and Atul Tiwari) deals with the mindset of the jihadis in intricate detail, sometimes stretching it a bit too far. 

The bad: Although Kamal Haasan the actor excels, based on his self-claimed lavish budget of approximately Rs 100 crore, the film isn’t the wisest comment on his production and directorial skills.

Vishwaroop is not one of the easiest stories to follow, and it is difficult to imagine the audience sitting through the entire length of the film, especially the first half where the story moves at a snail’s pace. Considerable work could have been done at the edit table (Mahesh Narayan), leading for a slicker, shorter and a more gripping tale.  

Pooja Kumar has little to do by way of acting while humour intended for the purpose of comic relief, is childish. Gory scenes involving bloodshed are plain gruesome and unwanted.

Overall: Uncomfortably real, and definitely not for the weak-hearted, Vishwaroop isn’t exactly the kind of movie you’d be comfortable watching while going crunch munch on popcorn.

– Nikita Periwal

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