The much-awaited ‘magnum opus’ of India’s legendary actor, Kamal Hassan, the movie “Dasavatharam’ finally got released in theatres all over the world. The much-hyped film, which was made at an all-time high budget, had been delayed for release of because of a number of nuisance petitions against it’s release. Finally all hurdles were released and the Kamal Starrer got released on the 13th of this month.
The script and dialogues for the film have been written by Kamal Hassan himself, with K.S.Ravikumar donning the mantle of the ‘director’ of the film. Kamal Hassan plays ten different roles in the film including the role of the US President George Bush. The story line of the film is very thin and the entire film banks on high technical and production values. Renowned make-up artists, special effects experts and others imported from Hollywood have contributed to the technical excellence of the film as well as inflating the budget enormously.
The film opens in the 12th century ,depicting grandiose scenes of massive tussles between the Vaishnavites and the Siva-devotees. The scene quickly shifts to a state of the art biotechnology lab in the US where George Bush(played by Kamal) allocates huge funds for biotechnical research for waging a biological war against international terrorism). The Indian scientist attached to the lab, develops a new strain of virus that is lethal if released. It can be destroyed only by huge quantities of Sodium Chloride. The virus is about to be traded to an international cartel , before our hero intervenes and inadvertently dispatches the vial to India. The story board shifts to India, giving a chance to Kamal to introduce the remaining roles( Balram Naidu the CBI officer, Khaifullah Khan, the tall muslim, Avtar Singh the famous singer, Krishnaveni the old woman, Vincent Poovaragan the dalit leader,the Japanese warrior and of course the 12th Century Vishnavite Rangarajan Nambi). The villain of the piece, Fletcher the American mercenary chased the vial all the way down to Chidambaram India. The film ends after car chases, acrobatic fights, a recreation of the 2004 December Tsunami.
The film leaves the viewer totally unimpressed. It looks like a third-rate B-grade movie with no finesse or expert touch. The technical excellence, the huge effort by Kamal Hassan and the excruciating make-up switches, all apart, the film has really nothing to offer. The story line is a crude mix between the Harrison Ford Indian Jones and the Robin Cook medical thrillers. Kamal Hassan impresses most in the roles of the Villain Fletcher and the CBI supremo Naidu. Effortless acting. But that is about all about the artistic values of the film.
Conclusion: A colossal waste!