30 June 2008

Dasavatharam Explained

And so here is another of those e-mail forwards that I got, which interprets Kamal's Dasavatharam. As an interesting aside, I think one must ask Kamal whether he really had this in mind when he visualized these characters !


1. Krishna avatar - Vincent Poovaraghavan Lord krishna is actually a dalit, he is dark-skinned [shyamalam]. He saved draupadi when she was being violated and he was the actual diplomat in mahabharatham. Lord krishna dies of an arrow striking his lower leg. Now look at how vincent was introduced.. he appears when asin is about to be molested and he saves her like draupadi. Vincent is the dalit diplomat, fights for land issue [soil issue to be exact] and dies from the metal rod striking his leg. Oh even five of vincent's men are drugged at P. Vasu's.. sounds familiar???

2. Balarama avatar - Balarama naidu
This is an easy given. as the name suggests and the role personifies you can easily get it.

3. Mathsya avatar - Ranagaraja nambi
nambi is thrown into water in an act of trying to save lord from being thrown into sea, though vainly. what more clue do you want?

4. Varaha avatar - Krishnaveni paatti
During the mukunda song, krishnaveni paatti does varaha avatar in the shadow puppetry. The frame freezes on it for a second. there is the clue. Moreover, in varaha avatar lord actually hides earth so as to protect life forms. Here too krishnaveni hides the germs - life form inside the statue so as to protect.

5. Vamana avatar - Kalifulla khan
remember in vamana avatar, lord vishnu takes the vishvaroopa, that is the giant form! Hence the giant kalifulla here symbolises vamana avatar.

6. Parasurama avatar - Christian Fletcher Parasurama is actually on an angry killing spree and killed 21 generations of the particular kshatriya vamsa. Hence the real KILLER... Guess what thats what our Fletcher is! He comes around with the gun [modern upgrade for axe] and kills everyone around. I have to check if he kills 21 people though. :-D

7. Narasimha avatar - Shingen Narahashi
first of all the name itself is a play on the words singam [means lion in tamil] and narasimha [the avatar being symbolised]. Lord Narasimha manifests himelf to kill the bad guy and he also teaches prahaladha. In the movie, he shows up to kill the killer fletcher! and is also a teacher.. Lord Narasimha had to kill the asura with bare hands and hence the martial arts exponent here.. get it?

8. Rama avatar - Avatar Singh
Lord Rama stands for the one man one woman maxim, kind of symbolising true love.. Here Avatar portrays that spirit by saying that he loves his woman more than anything and wants to live for her.

9. Kalki avatar - Govindaraj Ramasamy
As you know, the hero in kaliyug can be none other than the Kalki avatar!!!

10. Koorma avatar - Bush
This is the most loose adaptation I couldn't clearly comprehend. But if you look at the real koorma avatar, the lord is the turtle/tortoise that helps in stirring the ksheera sagara and bringing out the amruth. This essentially creates war among the devas and asuras. Similarly today Bush facilitates war between you know whom... May be Kamal also indicates that this avatar is a bit dumb like the tortoise...

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 1:59 PM


  1. Blogger Ramki posted at Monday, June 30, 2008 at 5:21:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    I thought you had better things to do. :) Anyway the movie was a load of crap.
  2. Blogger Naa Alochanalu posted at Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 12:29:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Why dont u try to link Terminator and mahabharata , Basic Instincts and Jesus Christ's life ... u can do it ! ALL the best.
  3. Blogger Suresh posted at Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 12:35:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Dude, you have lot of patience - first of all to have watched the movie, then write a review about it and then write an interpretation for that movie! I have to appreciate your dedication to Kamalhasan!!

    I felt some of the avatars were meaningless - the Kalifulla Khan and the Avatar singh roles - they have helped to add the numbers.

    Anyway, your blogs are very interesting to read! Keep writing!
  4. Blogger Nirenjan Krishnan posted at Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 8:37:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Somehow, I felt Rangaraja Nambi's character didn't fit at all into the storyline, and that he was an extra...
  5. Blogger Venky posted at Thursday, July 3, 2008 at 3:00:00 PM GMT+5:30  

    I thought Vincent Poovarahan (and not Poovaraghavan) was the direct reference to Varaha avatar and Krishnaveni Paati was a direct reference to Krishna.

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