Dasavatharam – Kamal’s Revenge on cinema.
The Housefull midnight Audience were pummeled into a stunned silence from bad visuals unkind make up, garishly fake computer animation, pukey falsettos and a basic lack of consideration for the audience. I ended up feeling sorry for trashing Tashan. This is a few levels worse. It’s a throwback to the bad old days of a desperate “make movies cuz our film crew needs work” times in the 80’s. There are NO redeeming features. The rest of this review is me working out MY frustration at the wasted opportunity and time. Stop reading now if you get the picture. Stay away from this film, if it’s not too late already.
Sinks like a false god
The Seagull , in his many many years of film watching has never seen a film fail in so many of its conceits as this one has. The SFX- Terrible. The Make up- like paper mache masks Oldfashioned movie making skills- Absent. A sense of history (essential for a historical film) missing. Basic consideration for the viewer – absent. Kamal’s interpretations of the ten charecters -sub intelligent. Sociopolitical theory- like an old village communist “comrade”‘s drunken rant.
The film is an 1980’s style con job on the distributors to scam up as much money as possible on a premise (actor casts himself in ten roles) and deliver a stinking dud knowing the short memories of the bollywood filmmaking market.
It is not as though kamal does not know how to make movies.This is Kamal acting out his creative erectile disfunction. The film is a fast talking con. God we miss a real sci fi drama from India.
High tech failed product
Kamal is missing something basic here.The whole purpose of special effects generated on the computer is that they look real. These look like they are computer generated painted cardboard props. The whole purpose of make up is that the “made up” person looks real . These look like some horror film masks melted in the Madras sun.
The whole purpose of playing ten charecters is that an actor explores different character ketches and makes them real people you can identify with. Kamal ‘s ten feels like an attempt to save appearance money he would have to have paid to get ten other people.
Ten Kamals : Jowls and all
Walking through the half dimensional character essays,
Rangarajan nambi (the 12th century priest) is a cardboard cutout fist banger with a Brahmin priest’s getup. I never thought I’d see a film where a person dressed like a temple priest is introduced in the inner sanctum of a temple bashing the heads of bad guys(squirting blood) against the large stone idol of Vishnu. A first of sorts in world film.
Christian Fletzer- is supposed to be a rogue CIA Agent, he looks like he has trouble swallowing from goitre. When he speaks , he sounds like there’s a grapefruit sized lump in his throat.
Avtar Singh- The sikh singer (which is a terrible pun. He’s sick with cancer…singh sing- get it?) Looks like a middle aged bottling company executive with a ashion emergency and cries too much.
Shingsen Narashi- the Japanese martial arts instructor speaks terrible Japanese for even my untained ears , and looks like one of those alien cat people in star trek. He seems to be inspired by the unisex waiter costumes at an American hibachi steakhouse.
George W Bush: looks like red riding hood’s granma wolf version of george bush and speaks in a somewhat strange howl.
Kaifullah Khan: the 7 foot tall muslim cariciature (a tamil film equivalent of blackface) Sounds retarded and catactonic. His character feels vaguely offensive, the way a “white person from West Virginia” sketch might be essayed incestuously.
Krishnaveni patti : this is one of the three real acting roles in the film although Its drowned out by the shrieking and sqeaking in fifty different sharps and flats.
Vincent poovaragan: The black Indian low caste leader is the political statement of the movie and a believable essay is caught in the tsunami of bad taste that is dasavatharam.
Balram naidu : the Indian intelligence official from Andhra must be the funniest role Kamalhasan has ever played. Why didn’t he show up in the film earlier? This is one reason I believe that this film is really the revenge of Kamalahasan on his audiences in the world at large.
Govund ramaswamy: the conventional hero, Kamal is too old and fat to essay this role convincingly.
Mallika serawat: doesn’t know how to pole dance.sings an embarrassingly bad English number.
Im a broken man now.I thought life had served me every possible doozie. Dasavatharam , I was completely unprepared for. But no one really prepares for the tsunami.