Vishwaroop/Vishwaroopam (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu) - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?) - *Two disclaimers - I saw the Hindi version. I have never been a Kamal Haasan fan.*
quick review:

Mountain out of a molehill - the ban that is. The film itself is a very average action flick attracting attention only because of Kamal Haasan. All Vishwaroop wants to say is, "My name is Khan, and I'm not a terrorist." His character that is.



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34 reviewers have given Vishwaroop/Vishwaroopam an average rating of 3.2/5.0 (?)

11 yays
2 nays
21 so-so

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So-So by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Shekhar Kapoor is also there just for the namesake and has got nothing significant to do in the script contrary to what the promotion conveyed in its poster showing the team lead by Kamal.... full review

Thumbs up by Githa Vanan, Bolly Spice ...there is very little that is to be said about the technical side of the film. The reason? Sheer brilliance. ... full review

So-So by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama ...But the post-interval portions lose focus. The writing isn't persuasive in this hour, especially towards the middle of the second hour and even otherwise, the narrative seems prolonged towards the concluding stages... full review

Thumbs up by IANS, Bollywood Life ...If you’ve forgotten what edge-of-the-seat entertainment meant, it is time to rediscover it. ... full review

So-So by Malvika Rao, BookmyShow ...Why in the world would he choose to write an espionage thriller that makes the protagonist look like a superhero. ... full review

So-So by Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar ...Between roles of a pansy dance master, a city slicker in the US, and a hard-core jehadi terrorist, Haasan fulfils his personal count of three characters in one movie, meeting at the same his follower’s expectations from him. ... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, Desi Martini ...I would take a half baked Vishwaroop any day over any other topical films made in India.... full review

So-So by Rahul Gangwani, Filmfare ...Rahul Bose hams in beginning and borders overacting but he gets into form as the story progress and impresses with his bad guy act.... full review

Thumbs up by G Pramod Kumar, FirstPost ...a pulsating thriller, which doesn’t have the usual filmy twists, a demanding script or punch-lines, but is packed with high powered live action, convincing combat sequences, original military hardware, impressive technical prowess and the star himself... full review

So-So Free Press Journal ...Technically smart but just a little too indulgent... full review

So-So by Deepa Garimella, ...The movie, on the whole, has the consistency of molten lead - it is dead s-l-o-w.... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...The sets in Afghanistan are close to real and the action sequences pull you right to where the fighting is... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, ...Rahul Bose gives another fantastic negative performance after ‘Takshak’.... full review

So-So by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times ...And yet the film is too cartoonish to be taken too seriously. Rahul Bose, with his mouth permanently twisted down, makes for an unintentionally hilarious terrorist boss.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...The twists in Vishwaroop work, and writer-director Haasan shifts between the past and the present in surprising, sometimes spoofy, cuts.... full review

So-So by Fatema H Kagalwala, India Entertainment ...Yet, there is sombre tone and a seriousness within all the action-packed drama that makes it a film we could take seriously.... full review

So-So by Kaveree Bamzai, india today ...Kamal Haasan has spared no expense in trying to blow up New York and various caves that pass off for Afghanistan.... full review

So-So by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today ...The film could have gone slow on preaching. A chunk of the runtime doles out spiel on justice and injustice, and what leads to war and strife.... full review

So-So by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...This is a Kamal Haasan who is not heavy on the system, because he is part of a story we are involved in, even if he does get more screen time than anyone else. ... full review

Thumbs up by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...The film belongs to Kamal Haasan. The man deserves a standing ovation for versatility... full review

So-So by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint ... Jaideep Ahlawat is in fine fettle as Omar’s henchman, while a weary looking Shekhar Kapur pops up as Wisam’s boss... full review

So-So by Janhavi Samant, MiD DAY ...Kamal Haasan wears and sheds his skin between graceful danseuse, Taliban war tutor and special agent quite effortlessly. There is also very little of the self-indulgence that is so apparent in some of his earlier films.... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...It’s got the right doses of drama, romance, science-technology, thrills and action. ... full review

Thumbs up by Aakash Barvalia, MoviezADDA ...writer-director Kamal Haasan had successfully managed to hold the interest of the viewers, right from the first frame till the last frame.... full review

So-So by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ...Why should anyone put up with this? And as for Vishawaroop, watch this film on principle. To support the freedom of expression. To defy spineless authority. To not give in to the whims of paranoid, faceless, people to simply want their 15 seconds of fame.... full review

Thumbs up by Saibal Chaterjee, NDTV ...The primary appeal of the film stems from the mystery that envelopes the character of the male protagonist.... full review

So-So by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...The Afghanistan sequences in the film are too long and keep recurring through flashbacks. ... full review

Thumbs down by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff ...Like an Afghan terrorist who looks like a small-time Indian gangster and the English-hating one-eyed terrorist yelling ‘Go-Go’ as the NATO choppers blow a hamlet to smithereens.... full review

Thumbs up by K N Gupta, ...Atul Tiwari's bombshell of a screenplay, cast's superb performance and the Haasan's wonderful handling. ... full review

Thumbs down by Narendra Gupta, Star Blockbuster ...Crisper editing would have resulted in Vishwaroop be the sleek thriller that it set out to be.... full review

So-So by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...The filmmaker narcissistically indulges in hogging away the screen space and in the process stretches the film much to the agony of the audience. ... full review

So-So by Meena Iyer, Times of India ...However the film fails, especially in the second half because there are no lump-in-the-throat moments; nor is there any shock and awe.... full review

So-So by The ThirdMan, Upper Stall ...The Afghanistan sequences, though again too long and slow, are well staged with attention to detail and here Kamal actually makes himself more of an observer as Rahul Bose and other Jihadists take centre stage... full review

Thumbs up by Gayatri Sankar, ZEENEWS.COM ...Pooja Kumar looks promising. She is spontaneous and has tremendous screen presence. Even Andrea Jeremiah as Ashmita (who plays Kamal Haasan’s Kathak disciple) looks impressive. ... full review