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Plot: Dasavatharam is a Tamil science fiction. It begins with bio-scientist Govindarajan Ramaswamy delivering a lecture about a certain theory. He also recites a 12th-century story based in Chidambaram when a king intends to destroy an idol of Govindaraja. In 2004, a biotechnological lab in the U.S designed a virus which one can use as a weapon. Govind realizes that the virus can kill people at large and with the fear of misuse, he refuses to give it away to his boss who wants to sell it.
After fleeing from his boss, Govind finds himself under threat from Fletcher, who too wants the virus and in the process, the two lands in India. The package containing the virus is now inside the idol of Govindaraja, which reaches Krishnaveni and her granddaughter Andal. The two also try to run away from Fletcher and ultimately reach illegal sand mine. We then find Govind in the hospital who has come to help a lady. A famous pop singer Avatar Singh is there for his treatment, and unfortunately, his prescription box gets mixed up with Govind’s box.
Fletcher now takes Andal and another Muslim family as a hostage and threatens Govind to return the box to him while Govind realizes he has lost the virus to Avatar. However, as police surround the region, everybody is forced to escape. Meanwhile, Narahazi, a Japanese martial artist too starts to follow Fletcher to take revenge on his sister’s death. Fletcher shoots Avatar over a fight. When Govind reaches the site, Govind gets an idea to immerse the virus into salt to destroy it.
As he is about to do so, Fletcher arrives and attempts to kill Govind, but Narahazi helps Govind to defeat him. Fletcher swallows the virus and immediately a tsunami strikes taking Fletcher away. The film then takes viewers to the stadium again with Govind delivering the speech and receiving credits for all he had done to save millions of lives.
Analysis: The story is written by Kamal Hassan and Sujatha Rangarajan. The worst part of the film is the story itself. It has too many characters and too many subplots. It seems like the story struggles to show the ten avatars to the viewers and in the process, it creates a mess. The film is proof that without a good story line, no film can work well. Even if the story is good, the excess number of characters and sub-plots has created a total mess.
The direction is by K. S. Ravikumar is appreciable on account of the easiness of narration. The music of the film is by Himesh Reshammiya, which is no better. There is hardly anything appreciable in the music direction. Ravi Varman does the cinematography brilliantly. He uses his skill in scenes that show Kamal Hassan in different characters at the same time. Also, he achieves a level of perfection the way he uses the lighting and effects. The technical aspects of the film are perfect.
Star Performances: Kamal Hassan plays ten roles in the movie in different characters, but there are no mistakes. His most significant role is as Govind. He does a fantastic performance in all aspects ranging from acting to dubbing and even dialogue delivery. He has an excellent screen and comic timing. Asin plays Andal, and she does her role pretty well. She is also appreciated a lot for her dubbing skills. Mallika Sherawat disappoints the viewers a lot with her acting.
However, Kamal Hassan deserves all the credit to make his film work with his effortless acting in each of the roles that he plays. He is brilliant in his role that it is possible that he has over-shadowed all other characters and even the script with his performance, and that is one of the significant things that causes the film to work.
1. The only thing admirable in the movie is Kamal Hassan’s marvelous execution of ten roles which proves him as one of the best artists.
2. Cinematographer Ravi Varman makes the film appear very fascinating.
What’s not there?
1. There is no story and also a lot of chaos.
2. The film is too long to keep hold of the viewer’s interest and attention.
Verdict: What is the only appealing thing that makes the movie worth watching is Kamal Hassan. Though too long and full of chaos, it is all right for a one time watch.
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