|A film that revolves around spies and terrorists, told in a
most-unusual and interesting manner.
As a spy film, Vishwaroop succeeds. As an entertainer,
Vishwaroop succeeds. As an intelligent film, Vishwaroop
does way better than the other spy films that have been made in our
country. So, definitely worth a watch!
A suspicious wife Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) has hired a detective (the
brilliant Atul Tiwari in a cameo) to spy on her husband Vishwanath
(Kamal Haasan), who is an effeminate dancer, despite being very close
to her superior herself. She suspects her husband of hiding something
very important. Unfortunately, the private detective loses his life
while trying to get hold of the husband. The husband, meanwhile, is
not the delicate, sensitive, effeminate, harmless dancer, but a
strong, fearless, super human-like patriot!
When the wife learns about her husbandï¿½s real avatar, she is
shell-shocked and good lord, so are we. The film, essentially, is
about how Vishwanath (Wiz and many other aliases), played by Kamal
Haasan, the head of the group (Shekhar Kapur), Ashmita (Andrea
Jeremiah) and Dawkins (Miles Anderson) avert a bombing planned by the
dreaded terrorist Omar (Rahul Bose), in the US.
We keep going back in time to see how Vishwanath becomes the
one-man-army that he is. We are even witness to instances, wherein we
question the idea behind ï¿½war in the name of religionï¿½. This film also
explores the humanistic elements among the terrorist camps. It shows
how the deaths of these suicide bombers and conspirators affect their
families and loved ones.
ï¿½Vishwaroopï¿½ is a film that will get its share of wolf-whistles. It
carries no ï¿½typical south movieï¿½ stereotypes. There is one lip-sync
song in the film and that too, is classical and seamlessly tailored
into the screenplay.
To Haasan the directorï¿½s credit, the film is fast-paced and despite
all factual errors, very believable. It does not pretend to be an
accurate spy film, but subconsciously, it does end up becoming one.
Haasan, the actor, excels and how! His character, or should one say
characters, are as diverse as our large country. Kamal shows great
range as an actor in this performance, and seldom goes over-the-top.
This is one of the most understated performances among the typical
masala action films of recent times. The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
is at par. There is no track which will stay with you, but while you
are watching the film, the music does elevate the viewing experience.
Cinematography, visual effects and production designing is first-rate.
Everything looks very stylized and yet, that Indian fervour is
inherent within the language and the characters.
Itï¿½s got the right doses of drama, romance, science-technology,
thrills and action. Youï¿½ll enjoy it for sure.