Vishwaroopam (2013)
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Movie: Viswaroopam
Cast : Kamal Haasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose, Jaideep Ahlawat, Pooja Kumar and others
Director : Kamal Haasan
Producer : Chandra Haasan, Kamal Haasan
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Release Date: Jan 25 2013
Genre: Action, Thriller
Run Time: 147 minutes

Vishwaroopam (2013)

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Legendary actor, Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan starrer Viswaroopam is directed and produced under his home banner Raj Kamal International. Viswaroopam is a terrorism based thriller movie which is being simultaneously filmed in Tamil and Hindi.

Story and dialogues are penned by Kamal Hassan. Initially, Director Selvaraghavan was supposed to direct Viswaroopam. But the dates of the lead roles were not in sync as Selvaraghavan was busy with other projects. Finally, Kamal Haasan has decided to direct the movie.

The film released worldwide, excluding Tamil Nadu, on 25 January 2013 while the Hindi version was released on 1 February 2013. Legal controversies regarding the film’s portrayal of Islamism arose as several Muslim extremist groups protested the film’s release in Tamil Nadu, resulting in an official ban being imposed on the film in the state for 15 days by the Madras High Court. The ban resulted in similar decisions being made in Sri Lanka and Malaysia while release was delayed in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka. Despite the fragmented release, Vishwaroopam garnered generally favourable reviews from critics, most of whom had downplayed claims of the film being anti-Muslim. Heeding to the requests of Muslim extremist groups, scenes perceived as controversial were removed, allowing the film for release on 7 February 2013 in Tamil Nadu.

An Afghani Al-Qaeda Jihadi Omar (Rahul Bose), his accomplice Salim (Jaideep Ahlawat) and their international terror network, plots to attack New York with a “Cesium-bomb”. Vishwanath alias Wiz (Kamal Haasan) is a Kathak teacher who lives with his wife Nirupama (Pooja Kumar), a nuclear oncologist, in New York. Nirupama confides with a psychologist that it’s a marriage of convenience that provided her a safe haven for pursuing her Ph.D in the U.S. The age gap between them notwithstanding, she is put off by Vishwanath’s effeminate traits and is attracted to her boss, Deepak (Samrat Chakrabarti). Doubting whether her husband has secrets of his own, she hires a private investigator to trail him. She learns from the private investigator that Vishwanath is not a Hindu but a Muslim. In a sudden turn of events, the investigator gets killed by a member of the terrorist outfit led by Omar. A business card on his wallet gives away Nirupama and the terror group nabs the couple. The outfit operates from a warehouse on the outskirts of the city where the couple is being interrogated.

Vishwanath is involved in a fight with the terrorists at the warehouse and escapes with Nirupama. Omar and Vishwanath have a past, one that takes the story back by almost a decade, to the Al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. What follows is a maze of events that go back and forth in time, unraveling a plot where in the terrorists are accumulating cesium from oncology devices to trigger a blast in New York.

Nirupama is stunned to discover the true identity of her husband Vishwanath, his uncle (Shekhar Kapur), American accomplice Dawkins (Miles Anderson) and the young dancer Ashmita (Andrea Jeremiah) at her husband’s dance school. Vishwanath is revealed to be Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri, a Muslim RAW agent who married Nirupama to investigate Deepak and his boss Omar in connection with a bomb blast in the heart of New York. His mission is to bust the ‘sleeper-cell’ of the Jihadis in the US, which is planning to divert the attention through “capsules” capable of emitting mild nuclear radiation tied to pigeons in New York city while enabling Black (James Babson) to detonate the cesium bomb in the city.

Together, the team try to counter the plans of Omar and his group that could destroy the most of the New York city. In the ensuing events, Vishwanath is arrested by the FBI before being rescued by his uncle and Dawkins is murdered by Salim. Whether Vishwanath along with the FBI were able to stop the calamity to be unfolded forms the rest of the story.

Vishwaroopam was born, after nearly two years of being in production.

The script is taut, though there are some rough edges that could use with some fine-tuning. But having watched the end credits, I am convinced that the loose ends of the film have actually been filmed but will be released in Vishwaroopam 2 (yes, there’s a sequel, but please, this movie must be a hit first before Vishwaroopam 2 can be released).

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41 Reviews

  1. The Hindu

    Vishwaroopam is engaging, keeps you engrossed and as you try to make a semblance of the puzzle, several questions arise. Kamal Haasan sets up an interesting premise for part 2.

    Sanu Varghese’s spectacular cinematography becomes as important as the actors in this thriller. The camera takes us into the dangerous alleys of New York and the muddy, rugged terrain of Afghanistan. In the opening sequence involving pigeons, Varghese captures the mood of the birds giving us a hint of an ominous force at work.

    The songs composed by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy gel with the narrative of the film and the trio experiments with different genres to offset the mood in Afghanistan.

    Pooja Kumar is expressive and convincing as a young woman coming to terms with her husband’s identity all of a sudden. Andrea Jeramiah has a smaller role and according to the makers, she has a crucial role in Vishwaroopam 2. Rahul Bose is menacing, with his tarnished look and damaged voice making him appear more evil.

    Kamal Haasan morphs from identity to the other with ease, like he’s done several times in the past. He draws chuckles with his effeminate gestures and delivers an understated performance in the Afghan segment.

    It’s a film that needs to be watched closely to follow the different aspects of the story. The graphic violence in some sequences make it unfit for viewing by children.

    Vishwaroopam is a good watch for a discerning movie lover.

  2. Radhika Rajamani (Rediff)

    Vishwaroopam undoubtedly rests on Kamal Haasan, who is brilliant. He has also written, directed and produced the film.

    His thumri sequence, choreographed by Birju Maharaj is graceful and elegant.

    Haasan has also managed to get good performances from his co-actors as a director.

    Pooja Kumar stands out with her portrayal as the nuclear oncologist. She exudes a sense of vulnerability and confidence. Rahul Bose [ Images ], Shekhar Kapoor and Andrea Jeremiah play their parts well.

    The film has a grand canvas and to envisage and execute it is a tall order and Haasan has managed to pull it off.

    The action sequences are well executed and considering the inhospitable terrains they were shot in. Sanu Verghese’s camera work is noteworthy as he brings a certain slick look to the whole film.

    The art department also deserves mention for locating some fine spots. Mahesh Narayanan could have been tighter with his editing.

    As Kamal Haasan says in this interview, a sequel may follow. Watch out for it!

    Review: Kamal Haasan is brilliant in Vishwaroopam

  3. G Pramod Kumar

    Kamal, who also wrote the movie, also tries to add a bit of political sub-text with Obama’s politics and his America in the background.

    The entire cast and crew – Rahul Bose, Jaideep, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur, Nasser and Pooja Kumar among others – have done their bit to look and act good. However, the protagonist’s wife, played by Pooja Kumar, gets irritating after a while with her untimely Tam Bram jabber.

    The highlights of the movie are the production values and the brilliance of Kamal as an actor. He looks incredibly good in the opening dance sequence – choreographed by Birju Maharaj – and the subsequent adrenalin-pumping action. The ease with which he transforms from a docile and effeminate man to a fiery combatant is a stealer. I wouldn’t mind watching the movie again just for the first few minutes – his brilliant expressions and fluid Kathak movements that contrast with the subsequent eye-popping action.

    Photography (Sanu Varghese who did it for Karthik Calling Karthik), design, and action elevate the look and feel of the film. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is just ordinary though.

    Now the most important question. Is there anything that inflames communal feelings that warrants a blanket ban?

    No, absolutely nothing.

  4. Ram Anand

    Vishwaroopam details the working of a modern terrorist network with an almost alarming accuracy, and also the bomb plot in New York is not your typical run of the mill, “I have a terrorist, I have planted a bomb, and yet you can heroically defuse it” plot. It actually has a proper plot and a proper detail, not just bunch of headless chicken randomly running around the town looking for a bomb.

    Pooja Kumar is decent in her debut, though not spectacular. She is however extremely pretty in some of the scenes. However, the real badass lady of the movie is definitely Andrea Jeremiah, who does to Vishwaroopam exactly what she did to Aayirathil Oruvan- bringing in some swagger and attitude, though she did dissipate towards the end of the movie. Shekhar Kapur also does a decent job, while Nassar in his short role was pretty convincing as a Afghani.

    However, the real show stealer apart from Kamal is definitely Rahul Bose. There couldn’t have been a better choice for the role of an antagonist, and though he looks merely cold and vengeful in the scenes in New York, Bose at times overshadows Kamal himself with his brilliant performance as a young Afghani jihadi with his strong Pashto.

    Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music is tremendous though there’s no scope for any song and dance routine here, with the Unnai Kaanadhu number obviously taking the cake- aided by its beautiful choreography.

    On a whole, Vishwaroopam pushes boundaries hiherto unseen in Tamil cinema, and the picture quality is sure to mesmerize you. The English subtitles shows Kamal’s seriousness in making a movie for an international audience and needless to say thats exactly what he had managed to achieve. This is not just a Tamil movie, but it has strong international standards thanks to the brains behind it.

    But as per Kamal’s own prediction, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it will be a real pity if the Tamil audience for the umpteenth time lets down Kamal Haasan’s faith they, too, could appreciate mature movies. This is a challenge for Tamil cinema- will the bar be raised?

    Rating: 8/10

  5. Sabarinathan

    Wow! A good movie with stellar performance & superb screenplay…

  6. From Malaysia 1

    Dhool opening.
    Kamal appears and whistle clap fills the hall
    A treat is in store
    Opening song wow

    Stark realities behind terrorist breeding places.
    Have never seen anything like this before.
    Not a single irrelevant scene. Lesson on direction for everyone.
    Lots of subtle humor

    What a transformation.
    Need many watches. Once isn’t enough.
    Some parts we feel sympathy for the terrorists.

  7. Sugumar

    Phew….. what a roller coaster ride…..!
    All of us are insatiated … we want more. Please bring on part 2 quickly.
    My children thought it was intermission when the movie ended!
    2.5 hours of non stop action.
    This is what I want from kamal.
    Movie of the decade for sure.
    Guys in India. .. it is worth the wait.

    Applause from the crowd when movie ended.

  8. Lohgan Kanesan

    Vishwaroopam -Loses pace at the climax and plot seems to be hanging.But don’t worry, there’s PART 2 COMING SOON to answer all the questions

    Hollywood standard. Doesn’t seem to look like a Tamil movie at all. Showed the other side of the world.


    Vishwaroopam full n fully taken in usa n Afghanistan..this is not a typical tamil movie

  10. Deeev

    Just wathced #Vishwaroopam… awesome movie… donow y tey banned in TN”

  11. aliffff

    tamil ppl not eligible to see this movie …beyong thinking .. wow

  12. Srinivasan Sankar

    Vishwaroopam is smartly scripted, technically sound and excellently executed in acting.

  13. Arivan Govindasamy

    Vishwaroopam Legend, and visionary genius Kamal Hassan at his very best. Worth so much more than the ticket money!

  14. clement

    Awesome Movie… A Must Watch…It raised the bars of tamil cinema even indian cinema….Truly International…yes there are some loose ends but it is kept in purpose for the sequel…

  15. har

    Wowieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee awesome movie !! Awesome !!

  16. Swapna

    Vishwaroopam: The movie stars Kamal Ji, who also takes on writing and directing duties, with a strong supporting cast comprising Shekhar Kapur, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, James Babson, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nassar, Zarina Wahab, and Miles Anderson. The movie contains a strong message which was delivered without directing it at anyone in particular, achieving a terrific, world-class work of filmmaking. (The fact that it has been banned in TN government is totally absurd.)

    The movie begins with Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) speaking to a doctor about her husband Vishwanath (Kamal Hassan), a classical dancer classical dancer who doesn’t have masculine qualities, and reveals that she doesn’t have any feelings towards him. As Nirupama fall for her boss Deepak, she hires a detective to dig up some dirt on her husband. The story takes a twist when the private detective gets killed by a terrorist group.

    First half of the movie would let you questioning who Kamal is, Vishwanath? Tawfeeq? Nazar or Wasim Ahmed Kashmiri? The scene where Kamal Hassan’s identity reveals was shot extremely well. His intro song ‘Unnai Kanaadhu naan’ was shot beautifully; being accompanied by traditional dance movements and feminine expressions by him.

    The dialogue is well written and features a subtle humour about it. Kamal’s emotional outburst at a scene where Pooja Kumar questions him ‘who are you? Neenga nallavara? Kettavara?’ is tremendous. The intensity of the scene is mind-blowing!

    Vishwaroopam – A good movie with stellar performance and a good screenplay. Vishwaroopam Part II-India will answer the remaining questions which still go unanswered.

    P/S: Vishwaroopam initially hit the screens in Malaysia with excellent feedback. However, the movie has been officially banned by Malaysian government today.

    ~Swapna Rao~

  17. pasad

    gud movie.

  18. Raj

    Super movie.. in Hollywood standards

  19. keertthiu

    mass movie

  20. sathya

    The One & only Ulaga Nayagan Kamal Haasan THE MASS

  21. sathya


  22. vijayan.k.Natarajan

    awesome movie !! Awesome

  23. Jagadesg

    good one

  24. Jey

    Awesome movie. Watching it for second time now.

  25. vidya shankar


  26. vinoth

    how to download a flim ?

  27. Sai prakash

    Super…….super….super……ulaga nayagene Awesome movie …brilliant perforfance by kamal hasan

  28. guru

    super movie. Good story.

  29. Vijay Rasigan

    A technically brilliant film with a predictable screenplay.. The visual effects is awsome like a hollywood film. Their is no need for all the protests. Their is nothing in the film to offend muslims unless u r a terrorist. kamal has shown the life of terrorists very realistically. He done lot of research. Its a visual treat with a bit lagging script.Salute u sir…:)

  30. Krishna

    This was the worst movie of ALL time. The plot was so damn simple and yet the movie went on and on about the Taliban and their activities. It was boring like anything after the first 10 minutes of comedy. There were too many unnecessary horrific scenes that the Censor board should have removed or given this movie an A rating.

    The Editing was so bad….. so BAD…. that at times my wife and I were both wondering what the heck was Kamal trying to show. I mean we get it… about terrorism and spies and such things. We don’t need to be spoon-fed. I hope the movie goes for a flop!!!

  31. ravi

    read the book ” is newyork burning” the similarites are amazing, kamal is a good reader ..

  32. Ajay chander R

    As far as i concerned , this film is comparatively better than usual masala tamil films . Good script , an ordinary story but with the better visual effects . Technically Awesome . The story line is really good and its really acceptable . Kamal’s acting is wonderful and Rahul Bose is a eye mark here . Though it has a slow narration , The movie has got many interesting frames to clarify why the slowness is necessary. i suggest this a good movie to watch not only for kamal fans but also for others , too. Certainly , worth for your wallet …. 🙂 –

    Brilliant like a classic james bond movie style in 90’s …………i loved it 🙂

  33. prre

    waste of 2.5 hours!! not even a MOVIE!! just no plot.

  34. Vasanth

    Excellent movie…

  35. surya

    Fu$ked up movie.. you cannot sit through this shitty movie.. to my horror second part is coming too? omg..

  36. surya

    Fu$ked up movie.. you cannot sit through this shitty movie.. to my horror second part is coming too? omg.. kalmal pls retire…

  37. jadayu

    super super super

  38. kamal sir ur super direction.The total film is hollywood range…ur going to rock to another films ..Meru inka chala films dirct chailani korukuntunanu..

  39. kathirvel

    genirus. this is a land mark movie

  40. syam

    super,brilliant work by kamal sir

  41. albert

    Don’t compare to hollywood movies, genius….sssss….

    Then if you?

    There is no story, There is no screenplay, There is no acting except kamal and There no perfect graphics… ect… ect…ect…

    and my rating is 1.0 for kamal. because he is great actor as always…

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