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.*
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.Read more
Two disclaimers - I saw the Hindi version. I have never been a Kamal Haasan fan.
It has been ages since I've seen a Kamal Haasan film. The only reason I chose to watch the film was the ban - my way of showing support. I had decided to watch the film even if the Hindi version wasn't playing in a theater close to me. Even if I didn't understand a word. Fortunately, there was a Hindi version I could catch. Only for me to find out how much sillier the ban is than I originally thought it was. The only group of people it speaks against is the Taliban/Jihadis/Mujahiddins. So, did I get this right? Making this group of people out as villains hurts sentiments? Whose? Vishwaroop is a very average action flick at best and shouldn't be considered any more than that.
I have never enjoyed Kamal Haasan's histrionics. He has always been a little over-the-top, caricaturish for my taste. The only thing I liked about Vishwaroop is Kamal Haasan's act, despite his effeminate act to induce laughter. Later in the film, he does make you believe about his reservations to the behavior of the people around him.
Unfortunately, the people around him are annoying caricatures that are annoying, especially Omar, the one enacted by Rahul Bose and oh yes, Nirupama, Vishwanath's wife played by Pooja Kumar. It didn't even look like it would be any better if here dubbing was better than that you see in English movies on TV. Only Jaideep Ahlawat seemed to be taking his role seriously.
It doesn't help that the film is forced into becoming a comedy because of some lame behavior by the members of the Taliban. The action except for the first sequence - which is pretty cool, especially because of the repetition - is pretty ordinary. The rest of the action tries to horrify based on gore, which doesn't work at all.
There was some potential of an engaging story when it delves into the lifestyle of the Jihadis' families. But soon you feel cheated because it is done only with the purpose getting you emotionally involved temporarily. Whatever interest is created fizzles out as the second half turns into the regular terrorism-based action flick. Let alone novel, it is pretty shoddily handled.
Almost everything about Vishwaroop seems superficial. The dots aren't connected well. And yes, you have been promised a Vishwaroop II.
And yet, I shall rephrase a Voltaire quote that is often repeated these days
I might not like what you have to say and how you say it, but I shall support your right to say it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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
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
Thumbs up, by Gayatri Sankar, Zee News : ...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
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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 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
YashSachein: Watched Vishwaroopam at Bangalore PVR cinemas.. Awesome story, making, casting and acting packed with Kamal's style of unengaging direction.
vishy1986: Wat a movie... Luvd it!!! #Vishwaroop #Vishwaroopam #Kamal Kamal Hassan u will always be d best!!
viru988: Film "Vishwarupam" is perfect entertaining movie. It is no any contradiction of religious status. People should show only entertain.
thegirik: Kamal Haasan is back to his usual best. Liked Vishwaroopam, a movie thats def ahead of its time on indian screen..
Takayasu_M: this is kamal's vishwaroop...he stands tall...best in INDIA at present...hatss off#vishwaroop..#vishwaroopam
shivkantbharti: Frnds must watch VISHWARUPAM........really nice movie
S__Sinthu: Watched vishwarupam today all i can say is; OMG he proves it once again, legend! @shrutihaasan there were so much crowd today here in uk:-)
PrabhuDE: Finally Watched Vishwarupam... Speechless with technical aspects of the movie...
NikhilK14854755: i like so much vishwarup movie.....
moksh_events: Watched #vishwarupam today. I think its a cool movie. What can be worse than crime getting committed n no action rather than cinema ??
mohankrishnauk: Hi Shruhassan i watched the Vishwarupam cinema very good.
mercking1: vishwarupam is such a grt movie go a watch it
mayank61282: Vishwarup.... An excellent movie
malleshthota1: To day saw the VISHWARUPAM movie...superb . ...kamal s great movie....
ljunit: Watched :- Vishwaroopam (2013) Really nice one. :-) Giving 4/5.
KranthiSane: I watched vishwarupam today....it is sooo nice
KartikDayanand: Bloody awesome film. More later! #Vishwaroop #vishwaroopam
GabrooSahota: #Vishwaroopam IS A GOOD MOVIE!
dthrelease: #Vishwaroopam: #Vishwaroop Review by Chaitanya Sharma 3.5/5 The film and the legend deserve a packed theatre! http://www.bollywood24x7.in/2013/02/review-of-viswaroop.html
ComShifin: kamalhasan film vishwaroopam super movie.
chefNehalSarda: #MyReview : #Vishwaroop #Vishwaroopam.. The film is a delicious watch for its dramatic action & brilliant stunts... 3.5/5Stars...
assam_chowhan94: "Vishwarupam"- there is nothing about controversial which was publish in news before releasing the movie. Well directed by Kamal Hassan.
arunrathreya: #vishwaroop #vishwaroopam watched twice, first time was good and second time was mind blowing! Several layers and details.. a Masterpiece
amoljathar1111: Vishwarupam MovIe is really Nice.....I like tHat
amarnathashok: A road trip to Satyavedu, Andhra pradesh to watch a movie! #vishwaroopam.. Was worth it.. Enjoyed every bit of it! I support #KamalHaasan
aloksanwal: Watched Vishwaroopam y'day. What a brilliant piece of art! Sleek production, tight script and fabulous acting.. Must watch!
ajjubodkhe: i just saw movie vishwarupam........... awsome movie........! sir kamal hasan rocksssssssssssss.
Adityastwts: Since i dont belong to any religion, i have no right to say anything about the movie ban, as a cine lover i liked #vishwarupam #kamal rockd
abu1383: kudos to kamal hassan for vishwaroop ! Far better than any hindi movie released in the last 3 mts !
abangalorebloke: Vishwaroopam was a nice flick! Action was definitely Indian types.. Overall 8/10
nevil_chheda: One of the best movies with one of the worst ends! #vishwaroop #vishwaroopam
mehaaaaa: # Vishwaroop ; #Vishwaroopam doesn't have much weight.. but u should watch it just for Ulaganayagan #Kamal Hassan B) \m/ He rocks!! :D
me_ram: Vishwaroopam – an unpardonable offense-fest | http://sidveeblogs.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/vishwaroopam-an-unpardonable-offense-fest/ ~ Well said. Also add making you sit through 2:45 hours without interval.
Evil__Cartman: #Vishwaroopam s a maha chutiya, fucked up movie. Predictable numerous time seen storyline & concept. Only couple action scenes. #KamalHassan
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