Somehow, the thought that kept flashing in my mind when I was seeing Dasavatharam was
— “Too many Kamals Spoil the broth” and How!
I feel like Kamal Hassan decided on the movie’s name first and then decided that somehow he has to fit in 10 roles whether they make sense or not , zabardasti! I guess its my mistake going for it INSPITE of warnings from so many people that it was pretty pathetic.But you know how u can think “How Bad Could It Be!!” and land up going for these horrid horrid movies? So there I was in the sparsely populated theatre with my paavam “non-tamil” speaking husband (Atul) for his FIRST ever tamil film experience. I never thought the day would come when I would have to apologise for one of Kamal hassan’s movies..
I really think the movie wouldnt have been so bad IF Kamal hassan had had a LITTLE lesser amount of love for himself.He could have easily given 7 of those avatars to other people. The makeup looked so shoddy and so artificial. I mean It looked almost comical..these overly made up wax creatures (the normal wax dolls definitely look more human like than these!!) running on the roads, chasing each other, jumping up buildings, singing on stages..phew..I was scared the makeup will start cracking in places whenever there was a fire scene..Atul was guessing which characters were the Kamal avatars just by picking the funniest and most ODD looking character on the screen. and It was so true..The moment a comical weird looking creature popped up on screen, it would be YET another Kamal. I would say, the WORST looking creatures were Fletcher and the Grandma.Initially we were laughing at the way George Bush and the Japanese fellow looked. But after seeing Fletcher and Granma we decided to give the worst look award to them 🙂 ..Fletcher,George Bush and Tall Kamal actually had one similarity ..they all looked like the Incredible Hulk..in white :D..Oh wait Tall Kamal also looked a bit like Frankenstein..or maybe that was intentional 🙂
Next going to the 55 crores he was supposed to have spent on this movie (a big chunk of which was used for the graphics ) and the 3 year effort it toook to do the “special” effects!!?? What special effects..??? Agreed that the Tsunami towards the end looked okay but the rest of the scenes looked really amateurish. It was way tooo obvious that compute graphics were being used..to potray that ship scenes, the scenes with water in it, and even the bike chase scene looked like a movie out of the late 70’s! And people din’t even Lip Sync properly in the movie..there was a CLEAR lag or watever when Asin was singing krishna songs ..and a pretty noticeable problem when Mallika Sherawat was trying to talk in Tamil..I am soooo disappointed by the technical faults in a 55 crore movie ,that I am pretty sure, Kamal has a palatial new house built somewhere in chennai 😉
Now coming to some reviews which I read, which talked about how this is an “INTELLECTUAL” movie and not a masala movie . LOL…ROTFL.Okay Just because he mentions the word chaos theory in the movie , doesnt make it even a teensy bit of an intellectual movie.C’mon, What would you say the probability will be, of a bullet hitting a singer with throat cancer and whisking away his cancerous cells along with it so that ,not only does he LIVE but he can also now continue singing all his life???!!???!! LOL..I actually burst out laughing at the absurdity of it..ofcourse noone complained cuz there were hardly any people in the theatre!! 🙂 Oh and the last scene with Fletcher dying in the tsunami but not before he was poked by an Indian Flag..lol..Why does patriotism come in here anyways? Govind, the protagonist was busy developing bio weapons for the US and came to India only in pursuit of that vial not for any patriotic reason! And what was being portrayed was how GOD overpowers science and all that…Ok whatever…He wanted to add Masala..so he did..I was also disappointed by the quality of jokes that a Kamal Hassan movie should have had.I was remembering Pancha Thantram, Thenali..Avvai Shanmugi..Pammal K Sambandam..Sigh..What riots these movies are..and In comparison here’s one of the most pathetic “jokes’ in the movie —- The last scene between Fletcher and that Japanese Kamal..
“Remember Hiroshima” asks American Kamal…
“Remember Pearl Harbour” says Japanese Kamal
too funnny re!!
To be fair to Kamal, I loved Balram Naidu..Absolutely adorable character and the only saving grace for the movie. I was looking forward to seeing more and more of Balram Naidu and his jokes..too cute 🙂
But other than that, there were just too many avatars of his, which dint make any sense ..What was that Vincent fellow doing there? What mannu mannu was he talking about? Oh and why did they have to bring in Shingen Narahashi? Must be to crack that Pearl Harbour Joke..and to Shout out “Tsunami” when he saw the tsunami 🙂 ..cuz you know, only the japanese knew what the tsunami is..wink wink ..hehhe.. Patti Kamal looked a bit grotesque but was pretty cute in the scenes with Balram Naidu..Sardar Kamal was completely over dramatic..and who would pay to see an old sardar and his old (but still beautiful) wife dance on stage?? Eeks. George Bush Kamal looked comical..but nothing compared to that joke of a guy,Fletcher! The First story and the first kamal …other than the shockingly disgusting way in which Kamal was “tortured” in it, I have no averse feelings towards Mr.Nambi ..so I shall let that be..the Giant Kamal who was super imposed on the screen some of the time it was obvious because people looked like they are talking to the air and not to him…and who had no real role to play really other than helping My favourite Balram Naidu crack a few jokes at his expense.
I think that covers all the kamals, who existed JUST to satisfy his super sized ego..:) Asin as the heroine was very irritating..She was constantly screeching and screaming. I wonder how Kamal could fall in love with her..even In the movie!! Mallika sherawat..her item number slightly bordered on vulgarity ..ok someone tell me Why did they get Fletcher and Mallika married neways ? Was that to get Fletcher an indian visa ? Ok forget it, this movie isnt worth analysing soo much : )..
Net Net ,
All I can say
To Atul is : Sorry for putting you through Dasavatharam but It was soo sweet that you sat through patiently 🙂 ..
To all the other non-tamil speaking audience who were in the elevator with me and actually thought that the movie must have made much more sense to people who knew tamil — No It did not make sense to Me either..
and To GOD/Whoever it is that puts these ideas into Kamal’s head — Please GIVE me the comedyyyy Kamal Back…he was sooo good at it!
PS : Btw I am impressed with the way people have caught on to the whole “dasavatharam” concept and analysed it so much..Here’s a blog with the mapping between Vishnu’s 10 avatars and Kamal’s 10 avatars. Really interesting –>