Cast: Kamal Hasaan, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Jaideep Ahlawat.
Director: Kamal Hasaan
Length: 2.25 hours approximately.
Easily the best film of 2013, VISHWAROOP is shocking, thrilling and insightful. Its far from perfect film, not even close to it, but it has lot more to serve. The plot of the film is interesting, although executed in very cinematic format, and the story is well penned. VISHWAROOP also taps heroism like many Hindi films based on terrorism, but with strong support of story.
The film starts slowly and steadily. Hasaan takes too much of time to unspool the basic plot and some scenes are dragged like in the very beginning that dance teaching portion. However the film gets more interesting when we know something is wrong. The first action fight of the film will leave you whistling, cheering and clapping! Action sequences are marvelously choreographed. The first half plays on for 90 minutes which is too much after a point. The whole “Jihadi” drama is engaging and dramatically clever, but it could have been well trimmed.
However, the second half of the film is excellent and it keeps you on your toes. The film deals with thriller like no other film did in recent past. The editing deserves a special mention here and so does our writer-director-actor Kamal Hasaan who gets everything right. The finale of the film is wondrous and leaves you vexed.
Although VISHWAROOP stealth keen fully from one portion to another, it has got its setbacks. The character of Pooja Kumar is caricaturist which doesn’t fit. Often the film tries to show her a bimbo, ditsy…whatever! Not taking away the smart character building of some important characters, but still its these petty things that draws your attention.
Shankar-Ehsaan-Lloy’s music is good. The background score is excellent and adds essence to many scenes. The cinematography is superlative. The action scenes, as mentioned before, are scrumptious and its an enchantment to watch such action scene in Bollywood flicks. Two big thumbs-up there.
Kamal Hasaan plays his both shades with zeal. He has confidence written all over his face and he is terrific in the action scenes. Rahul Bose plays his part well, though his one-eyed characteristic was not needed. Jaideep Ahlawat in a small role delights you with his act.
VISHWAROOP is a film you cannot afford missing! The perilous situations in the film create tension on your faces and the film leaves you both satisfied and disturbed! Go, buy yourself a ticket- you will surely be rewarded!