After a gap of three years, Kamal Hassan is back with Viswaroopam ( made simultaneously in three Indian languages – in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi) that is written, directed and produced by Kamal Hassan.
The movie starts with picturesque scenes shot in the United States of America. Viswanath ( Kamal Hassan), who is a ‘Kathak’ ( a popular dance form that originated in India) trainer, is surrounded by girls and one among them is Andrea Jeremiah, a Tamil playback singer and actress. This makes Dr Nirupama (acted by new find ‘Pooja Kumar’) to doubt on her husband Viswanath’s character and she hires a detective, who gets killed by the dreaded terrorist group. As the film story goes, the same terrorist group is planning to plant a Nuclear Bomb in New York and Viswanath is well-aware of it. How does he know ? Because Viswanath has a past in which he has a connection with this terrorist group, that was headed by Omar (enacted by Hindi films’ actor Rahul Bose).
Will the terrorist organisation succeed in their mission? What role does Viswanath (Kamal Hassan) play in this operation ? Is he a terrorist or is he an undercover agent?
It is a thriller all the way from what I have read about it ! The Movie is in controversy in India due to few little known Muslim groups, claiming that their religion is portrayed wrongly. Tamil Nadu government has stayed its release in its state till the matter gets resolved. Andhra Pradesh State suspended the screening half-way in few theaters where it was shown. Kamal Hassan has called a press conference yesterday, to announce that he may seek self-exile if his art and movie making is not treated in a secular manner. Several other actors as well as his fans have expressed solidarity with him. The movie is reportedly made with INR 95 Crores budget and the delay in its release has already costed about INR 30 Crores by way of loss to Kamal Hassan. Besides this alleged loss incurred, Kamal and his film distributors are worried about piracy since the movie is already released in few foreign countries.
I am yet to watch the movie and this review is based on what I have read and heard about the Movie.