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June 12, 2008

Dasavatharam Review – First on Net

Filed under: Cinema,Movie Reviews — Directhit @ 11:46 pm
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Everything that happens is for good (or has a better reason) – that’s the underlying theme for Dasa. Kamal had said in one of his interviews that his 11th role in the movie, that of a screenplay writer is what he is looking forward to and I feel that has turned out to be his BEST role of Dasa ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Shortly after the movie begins we are taken to the Nambi and 12th century – Kamal as Rangaraja Nambi (though for 10 mts) is fabulous – the scene where he is being drowned along with the Vishnu statue and the leadup to it is jus a sign of the level of entertainment we can expect in the movie. The movie then moves to Washington DC and we meet Govind the scientist – what happens there and the connection between the rest of the Kamals and a Bio weapon/Sand theft/Tsunami is where Kamal the screenplay writer has excelled in. The first half of the movie races forward in full speed, second half starts off in normal speed and again goes to a full peak finish. Apart from the screenplay and wonderful dialogues (playing with tamil at times) by Kamal, he is superb as Balram Naidu/Christian Fletcher. Asin has done a great job, so has MS Bhaskar. Its a laugh riot in most scenes MS Bhaskar comes ๐Ÿ˜› (same with Balram Naidu). Camera work was outstanding and Devisri prasad has done a not bad job in the rerecording (esp the music for Fletcher was ๐Ÿ˜Ž ) Kallai mattum(good camera work) & Mukundha/ Oh Oh Sanam songs wonderfully choreographed – wait & watch Ulaganayagane song. Mallika does what she does best in the Kaa Karupanukkum song.

Krishnaveni Paati/Boovaraghan/Nambi are the next best avatars in order. Climax fight between the Fletcher and the Japenese guy (Narahasi) was wonderfully choreographed – we dont even realise its two Kamal’s fighting ๐Ÿ˜Ž Bush’s mannerisms and his portrayal of his intelligence sooooooooooooooooooper ๐Ÿ˜›

In short a film not to be missed by anyone – 100% entertainment – easily one of the best screenplays to come out in recent times in Indian films. Btw dir K.S.Ravikumar ?!?!?!? I found his touch only in one cliched explanation given by a doc to avatar singh in the climax

PS : I know this aint a proper review – but dont wanna reveal the story and thrill for the ppl who are yet to see

The only let down for me in the movie was the graphics scenes involving the 12th century drowning and some Tsunami effects – cud have been loads more better!!


  1. Hey,

    Thanks for the review. You did not reveal much in terms of storyline, yet, managed to trigger my curiousity. am looking forward to watching it on big screen, but i guess i’ll hv to wait for the next couple of weeks till the initial frenzy gets over ๐Ÿ™‚

    @ thanks vasu – hope you saw it and liked it too

    Comment by vasu — June 13, 2008 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  2. Hi friend,
    Apt too were there at the show with our friends..we live in boon lay..wru staying? can you gimme ur mail id..

    Comment by Magesh — June 13, 2008 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  3. well i dint see a purpose pf acting in 10 roles with different faces Horrible make ups (by so called Oscar Nominees) in my view โ€ฆSongs are well picturised but they r interupted with story flow Cush is riduculed big way

    all in all a BIG disappointment being a KAMAL FAN May recover the investment but not kamals reputation

    Looks like story screenplay and Audience are given a back seat Sorry KAMAL I wish you were more practical in the Movie we want you as an actor not just face masks (so irritating)

    @ well the movie itself was taken for 10 roles – if u find an issue with that well dont have anything else to say. perhaps you wud be happy if paati kamal was descendant of 12th century kamal and the remaining 8 kamals were her kids/grandkids or so ๐Ÿ˜›

    Comment by kumar — June 13, 2008 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

  4. kumar – Kamal fan?!! – ur not kidding, are you ๐Ÿ˜›

    Comment by Directhit — June 13, 2008 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

  5. Not worth the hype…

    Comment by Rags — June 13, 2008 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  6. the movie was worth watching. Kamal has done a commendable job with the screenplay.

    Comment by Narasimhan.G — June 13, 2008 @ 10:30 pm | Reply

  7. […] Dasavatharam Review – First on Net Everything that happens is for good (or has a better reason) – that’s the underlying theme for Dasa. Kamal had […] […]

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  8. Hats Off! Mr. Kamal, this is a splendid effort in brining an out-of-the-box concept and complex story telling style to Indian Cinema.

    The initial part of the movie should be watched very carefully, you’d understand that the audience will start experiencing “Chaos Theory” and how the mother nature invovles lives of various people in delaying the delivery of biological wmd to a social criminal.

    Kamal has been highly successful in executing his concept and in-coherency in storyline is a deliberate act to explain “Chaos Theory”.

    This is a very intelligent movie – not a masala movie.

    If you want to enjoy an intellectual work, this is the movie to watch.

    Not sure if this will create commercial landmarks, but sure to bring in new concepts, new story telling styles, new technologies to Indian Cinema.

    KUDOS to the entire team!

    Every technician involved in this movie should really feel proud to be associated with Dasavatharam.
    Special Thanks to Kamal for his persistence in bringing out a variety everytime.

    Comment by Vinodh — June 15, 2008 @ 4:09 am | Reply

  9. Hey Vinodh,
    i have simple question with respect to the Intelligence that the movie pretends to involve.

    1. Govind is a scientist. He knows the importance of destroying the vial that has the virus.
    Then why does he have to beg the old lady, the courier man and Asin to give the vial to him?
    Is he a wimp?
    Can’t he just snatch it from them or say in a really serious tone about the importance of the vial for humanity?
    It was immature to see him begging them for giving back the vial.

    2) Govind was involved in the invention of the virus. Does he not know that Nacl (salt) is the antitode to the virus and that he can drown the vial in the sea?
    He could have just gone to the sea and drowned it, instead of burying it, etc.
    Pathetic and immature handling.
    In a story like this, seriousness is very important in the script. Not slapstick comedy!

    3) Anyone can read a few novels of Stephen King, etc and claim to develop an intelligent story.
    But coming up with a screenplay that does justice to it is the key.
    Ever seen ‘Crash’ or ‘Babel’.
    dont even talk bout Hollywood standards!

    btw, i am a major kamal fan and loved his Anbe Sivam, Virumandi, Mahanadi,etc (where he wrote story screenplay)…
    but this one? – Half baked.

    @ guess Marmayogi should satisfy you

    Comment by intelligent? — June 15, 2008 @ 12:24 pm | Reply

  10. I just got back from this crappy movie, and i never get so pissed from a flop..but this movie was a torture for 3 hours or so, and i paid 15 dollars for it. After watchin Kamalaโ€™s pseudo-intellectual interview, i thought iโ€™ll go and watch it..but it was a disgrace for indian cinema..the make-up was horrible, the plot was terrible, the acting was annoying and it was just such a bad movie that tamilians should revolt against it. Shame on the creators of it for hyping it so much.
    Only the dumbest will be entertained by this d-grade piece of crap movie. And seems like there are plenty of dumbos around.

    Comment by RealAvatar — June 15, 2008 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  11. I mean, are the people who are praising the movie here for real? They seem like either fanatics or paid by the makers of the movie. This movie is an insult to intelligence..i mean did you even look at the crappy make-up and fragmented storyline. Anyone who likes thos movie has to be an idiot of first order.

    @ whoa whoa strong comments looks like – unfortunately there seems to be a hell lot of those ppl around and may i ask whts the so-called intelligent hollywood movies ur referring to ๐Ÿ™„

    Comment by RealAvatar — June 15, 2008 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  12. hi Dh,
    just wanted to let u know that Dasa is also showing in Cathay – Downtown & Causeway Pt

    @ thanks – i saw it twice at GV – and looks like its almost full at Cathay too, nice to see Tamil movies hog the limelight, first Sivaji and then this ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by LazyNerd — June 15, 2008 @ 5:15 pm | Reply


    except for the fist 15 mins, its not worth the time n money. Avoid the movie.

    Comment by Raghu — June 24, 2008 @ 1:32 am | Reply

  14. First upall we cannot compare tamil movies with English movies , for a Tamil movie standard ,this movie is a very good attempt and this movie clearly shows that we are moving ahead to reach the so called oscar movie standards
    overall I can give 4/5 stars

    Comment by Golden_Arrow — June 27, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | Reply

  15. +ve: Opening song and the accompanying music and the scenes. Napolean. Balram Naidu character. Tsunami scenes. No duets, vulgar group dances (if you don’t count Mallika’s cabaret!). Elephant-gone-mad scene. And many more.

    People who go aha-oho over this are just Kamal fanatics. They are not going to like the following:


    1. Makeup of Fletcher, Khan, Bush, Paatti makes them look like dead bodies rather than real people. Why did Kamal have to play all those characters ??? Just because he named it Dasavatharam. If he acts in only 2 or 3 roles, the movie cannot be hyped and publicised as “1 man in 10 roles”. So he painstakingly applied make-up and ended up looking so artificial.

    2. This movie was simply about getting back a lost vial of deadly-virus. I didn’t see any need for chaos theory in it. Many unpredictable incidents happen in all movies and in real life. By relating that to a scientific theory, they made it sound like an “intelligent” movie. It is not an extra-ordinary story or screenplay. Connecting so many characters in a plot is not new,certainly not invented by Kamal or KSR.

    3. The Vishnu statue was drowned in Chola land, Thanjavur. But Tsunami washed it ashore in Marina beach!! Did they figure out how far-away the 2 places are, before coming up with that idea? Even if it was drowned in Shanghai, for the story’s sake, it would have have ended up in Marina I think.

    4. When Kamal’s friend realizes he couriered the vial by mistake, immediately, they head back to the courier office which is only a few steps away, only to find that it is already on the way to the airport. It would not even have left the clerk’s desk by that time in reality. This part was concocted just to let Kamal travel to India and continue the story.

    6. Why are they running around so many places with PERUMAL clutched to them? Didn’t it occur to them to separate the vial from the statue? Even if they didn’t, the vial would have fell out of the statue long ago! Hey.. but then Andal’s (Asin) eccentricities must be shown. And the story must continue….. So throw away the logic.

    7. Nambi was a priest. Not a martial arts trainer. As soon as he makes the appearance , he does dishyum.. dishyum…in the 12th century like any today’s cinema hero. But then Nambi’s valor must be shown!! So forget the logic.

    5. For God’s sake, would they stop dragging G Bush into everything???? Their idea was to make Bush look like a fool and make fun of him. I think Bush, if he watches this, would have a good laugh at the movie-makers’ “talent”.

    Btw, I generally like Kamal’s movies and I am NOT a Rajini fan. So don’t get defensive about Kamal.

    Comment by My_Opinions — June 30, 2008 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  16. Hi ,

    I was reading ur blog posts and found some of them to be wow.. u write well.. Why don’t you popularize it more.. ur posts on ur blog โ€˜Directhitโ€™s random blah blahโ€™sโ€™ took my particular attention as some of them are interesting topics of mine too;

    BTW I help out some ex-IIMA guys who with another batch mate run where you can post links to your most loved blog-posts. Rambhai was the chaiwala at IIMA and it is a site where users can themselves share links to blog posts etc and other can find and vote on them. The best make it to the homepage!

    This way you can reach out to rambhai readers some of whom could become your ardent fans.. who knows.. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by ray — July 1, 2008 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  17. Thanks a lot for the comments guys – looks like many Kamal ‘fans’ seems to be disappointed with the movie coz the expect such standards from him – i am sure Marmayogi might be satisfying for them. this movie in my opinion was kamal’s mass movie attempt and he has achieved the goal with movie raking in moola in millions. kudos to him for that.

    Comment by Directhit — July 6, 2008 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  18. Statue was drowned in 12th century B.C…After that a lot of global move and change could have happened…even the god statue could have been dissolved…do not think too much.. think it is a movie and watch it…it is good for a movie watching.

    Comment by Prem — July 6, 2008 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  19. I dont see a point writing a comment on comments please dont ridicule the comments , let the feedback be understood by their readers with their own sense no need to give biased opinion

    Are you spokes person for KAMAL or a Sycophant? Crazy!!!!

    @ LOL – chill mate, its a movie for God’s sake – whose spokes person are u btw ๐Ÿ™„

    Comment by kumar — July 8, 2008 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  20. The problem with all these people is that they expect a NAYAGAN or an ANBE SIVAM everytime from Kamal. Grow up men.

    Comment by Hariharan — July 14, 2008 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

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