Big & Beautiful
A world class film in Tamil. This is how Viswaroopam can be summed up in a sentence. After successfully crossing all hurdles, the movie is finally here in Tamil Nadu, and we must say this is Kamal's gift to Kollywood.
Let us clarify one thing before going further- The film is no anti-Muslim as perceived by some people. It is a story which bats against terrorism and advocates for humanity.
Also, this one seems to be Kamal's visiting card to Hollywood. For, the actor-director-producer has made use of state-of-the-art technology and novel story telling methods to serve an interesting as well as international fare.
The story goes like this: Viswanath (Kamal Haasan) is an effeminate Kathak dancer living in New York. For practical purposes, he is married to Nirupama (Pooja Kumar).
However, his nuclear oncologist wife finds solace with her boss. Nirupama wants to divorce her husband, and for that, she employs a spy to find whether Viswanath has got any hidden secrets in his life.
Soon she realises her husband is not what he is and there is another side to him. Who is Viswanath and why is he in the US is the rest of the story.
The movie is set in New York City with flashbacks going back to Afghanistan, taking the audience on a roller-coaster ride. There is not even a single scene in India (but the proposed sequel is set in India).
Kamal is at his best- as actor, director, writer and producer. His sharp dialogues, strong performance and suave execution has made Viswaroopam on par with any high quality global flick.
Pooja Kumar has enough scope to perform, while Andrea Jeremiah comes just for a few minutes. Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapoor, Nassar and others equip the film with their performance.
Background score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is good, while their songs are just average. Sanu Varghese's cinematography is terrific, especially in stunt sequences.
On the flip side, there are some logical loopholes, which Kamal is not supposed to leave open. But for these minor flaws, Viswaroopam is a film which will make every Indian feel proud. Hats off Kamal!