Cast: Kamal Haasan, Jayaram, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah
Direction: Ramesh Aravind
Producer: N. Lingusamy, Kamal Haasan
Banner: Thirrupathi Brothers, Raaj Kamal Films
Music: M. Ghibran
Run Time: 172 Mins
Uttama Villain (2015)
Uttama Villain, roughly translated to ‘a virtuous villain’ is about a struggling actor past his prime, getting ready for one last act that will establish him as the biggest performer of all time. The story covers a time span of approximately 1500 years as it keeps moving to and from in different time of years.
Manoranjan ( Kamal Haasan) is a superstar with arrogance, insecurities and vices who was introduced by Marghadarisi (K Balachandar). People close to him are his Man Friday cum manager Chokkalingam, father in law Poornachandra Rao (K Viswanath) who produces his films, wife Varalakshmi (Urvasi), an adolescent son (Manohar) and an affair with a doctor Arpana (Andrea).
After his association with his father in law, he becomes a commercial hero and is targeted in the box office numbers for the past twenty five years. His wife loves him so deeply and they have a son who is not so impressed with the kind of movies his father works in. He is kind of not attached to his father for various reasons.
In a success party, Manoranjan encounters two bitter truths of his life which shakes him altogether. When he faces the truth, he makes some quick decisions. He suddenly decides to return the advance taken from a producer and instead do a comedy film and moves back to his guru Marghadarisi against his father in law which creates few disturbances in his family life.
Manoranjan goes to his guru Margadarsi and begs him to make a film based on his screenplay and after some reluctance the director agrees to make ‘Uttama Villain’ in which the Theiyam artiste Uttaman (Kamal Haasan) who escapes from the jaws of death many times due to some divine intervention and he becomes a legend as Mritunjayan or the one who is immortal. An evil King Mutharasan (Nasser), who gains the Kingdom after killing the King, who is his brother in law and imprisons the princess after attempting to marry her. Mutharasan learns from astrologers that his life is in danger and hence brings Uttaman in the hope of extracting his immortality. What happens to Uttaman and Manoranjan is told parallel in the screenplay that leads to a riveting climax.