Dasavatharam - Review
The beauty of any cat and mouse game can be judged by the number of unexpected twists and turns that arise in it. However, what KamalHasan has tried in Dasavatharam is to introduce many characters, each with a twist and turn. It is a different issue that as the story moves towards the climax, you can almost predict the way each character is going to turn.
The story starts off in the 12th century when a Vishnu idol is ordered to be immersed into the sea. The priest, who objects to its immersion, is chained to the idol and immersed along with it. The story takes a dramatic Mach-1 injection from there on, moving at a breakneck speed, and not allowing the viewer to relax even a second. Kamalhasan has handled the story screenplay and dialogues and it suffices to say that he is probably the best screenplay writer in this part of the world.
Kamalhasan is a biological scientist in the United States in charge of developing biological weapons to safeguard it from any more terrorist attacks. A deadly vial of virus has been developed and due to usual cinematic compulsions, it escapes from the lab and is on its way to India.
What happens and how the vial is tracked down forms the remaining 150 minutes of the movie, told at an amazing speed and amazingly cohesive narration.
Perhaps the only place where I could observe a slip on the part of Kamalhasan's screenplay is when Asin changes her dress in the hospital. How did that happen ?
Asin shows a nice flair for comedy. Obviously enough, nothing needs to be said about Kamalhasan's talent for comedy.
One could imagine the producer Oscar Ravichandran, begging with Kamalhasan to make sure all the crores he pumps in the movie would be got back with minimum damage to him !
At no point can one pause to observe or appreciate the Actor in Kamalhasan. In fact, one can easily go on to say that there is no scope for the Actor in Kamalhasan to come out and display his wares.
Quite a lot of scenes make it too obvious that a lot of CGI has gone into the movie. That does make it a bit jarring. The makeup in most scenes, looks too wooden too.
All in all, this movie is easily worth a watch. Continuing the trend with earlier K.S.Ravikumar movies, this would definitely be counted as another hit for Kamalhasan.
PS: One should not forget to take the whole movie with a pinch, nay, bucketloads, or rather, oceans full of salt ! (Yes, pun intended. Watch the movie to understand the pun) ;-)
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:36 PM