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Vishwaroopam 2 Review

U/A Thriller 2 hrs 25 mins Aug 10, 2018
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Vishwaroopam 2 Review: A Thrilling Tale Of Terrorism and Humanity

Vishwaroopam

Vishwaroopam, the universal manifestation is Kamal Haasan's creative prowess or the universal nature of the terrorism which exists everywhere in the world? Or even the universal brotherhood and the humanity that is still not lost in the world which survives from one catastrophe to another, battered but alive nonetheless. 

That it is the brainchild of Ulaganayagan Kamal Haasan is enough to think highly of this espionage thriller. The hero-villain duoplay is subverted and the hero in all this is Wisam Ahmed Kashmiri, a fellow Muslim as the terrorists he is out to slay. There is even a dialogue in the movie Kamal utters... Being affiliated with a religion is nothing wrong. But betraying the country is. Typical Kamal Haasan. But the essential message for these days. 

The beginning of the end

So, coming to the story, it continues where the first part let off. A cliffhanger was there with the dirty bomb in New York was diffused but the terrorist escaped. Now, it's up to Vishwanath aka Wisam to chase him and protect the world ala, Ethan Hunt or James Bond. But with a Kamal Haasan touch. 

Pooja Kumar got a meaty role who is present in all the present sequences. So is the character played by the ravishing Andrea Jeremiah. The higher authorities of Kamal Haasan's Wisam (WAK) are played by the celebrated director Shekhar Kapoor and others. The initial 10 minutes is action packed and the lead characters suffer from PTSD. The action then changes to London where Wisam and the team have to thwart a nuclear bomb plan again and the related scenes are shown. The first half, as usual, is high on dialogue and procedural and low on high octane action sequences. 

With a thrilling interval block, the movie shifts to India. This is where the best scenes, the most memorable being Wisam's mother played by Waheeda Rahman in a graceful manner, where she forgot that her son is a Kathak dancer. Not the daredevil double agent for RAW. There is tenderness in those scenes and holds the heart of the movie. 

Kamal's one-man show

Vishwaroopam is the one-man show of a man called by his fans as Ulaganayagan. The plot movies forward and backward in time with few flackback within flashback scenes may put off the commonest of the audience. The human angle which connected to all the audience in the first half is a bit low in the movie. But the Afghanistan sequences are as good as they get. How the terrorists operate and in what way Wisam delivered the required information to his authorities are shown well. The direction and production design are on par with the Hollywood films. So are the stunts. 

At an age of 63, Kamal Haasan is both more stylish and more energetic than the Khan heroes. Age shows in some areas. But he is Kamal Haasan. And he did more than well. Shekhar Kapoor is surprisingly suave for a man pushing his 70s. 

The rest

Coming to the sets which are deservedly honored with a National Award are great. The stunt choreography blows you away. But there are few over the top sequences that may come in the way of enjoying them. The underwater action scene is simply stunning. Music by Ghibran is superb. The background score is first rate. So is the cinematography. It gives you a feel that you are watching the best of spy thrillers. 

Finally

On a whole, Vishwaroopam is a must watch for all as it is not just a slickly choreographed action thriller but also a tale of humanity. It is neither superior to the Volume I nor is it a mass masala entertainer. There are problems with the non-linear narration. It could have been released within 6 months of the release of the first part.

Had it been so, Vishwaroopam II would have been a national phenomenon like Baahubali which kept itself in the news with a trending question. But this doesn't make Vishwaroopam II any less. Go and experience the thrill of true national feeling. The human feeling. 

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Vishwaroopam 2 Live Updates & Public Talk

Kamal Haasan's action thriller Vishwaroopam which released in 2013 was a major commercial and critical success. The film for its interesting and gripping narration and technical standards was appreciated by everyone. Now, 5 years after the first installment, the sequel, Vishwaroopam 2 has hit the screens after multiple postponements and a few controversies. The early morning shows were canceled in Tamil Nadu because of Kalaingar's demise. The movie has received a decent response from the overseas, check the audience response for Vishwaroopam 2 below.

The initial response for Vishwaroopam 2 is pretty decent with Kamal Haasan being praised for coming up with a neat sequel. However, few of the audience are not very satisfied with the movie not matching with the range of the first part. Poor VFX work is said to be hampering the experience a bit. Check out the latest Tweets on Vishwaroopam 2 below.

But the talk for the movie is not all acclaim. There are few troubles for the film's second half. The final action block is said to have ended abruptly. But overall considered, Vishwaroopam duology is one of the best espionage thrillers of all time and one of the best in recent times. The underwater sequence is well appreciated. 

Stay tuned for more public talk and live updates of Vishwaroopam 2.

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What is Vishwaroopam II about?

Remember the feeling you get when Kamal's Vishwanath turns the tide against the guys who are torturing him in the first Vishwaroopam movie? Yes. Exhilaration. Vishwaroopam II or Vishwaroopam 2 is coming out in the theatres pretty soon.

Same team, a different set of producers, Kamal Haasan’s direction, an ultra-intriguing setup, and humanity at the core all made Vishwaroopam a gem of a spy thriller and Vishwaroopam is more of the same but with Kamal Haasan you never know. He may surprise like in the first movie.

Humanity comes in loads and rightly so in Vishwaroopam movies. After all, Vishwaroopam is a reference not just to the universal manifestation of the Lord but also the life contained in the universe. See, for example, amongst the suicide bombers and opium traders, we see an asthmatic wife, a young boy who dreams of being a doctor, a father fluent in English but who doesn’t want his son to grow up speaking the language of the infidels, families, and friends who smile and pose for photographs, teams of volleyball players, a mission-ready lad who sits on a swing and enjoys what are surely his last days of life.

We also see the other side — bullets on weighing scales, being sold by the kilo, and a father’s pride when his blindfolded son can feel an automatic and identify it as an AK-47. That is where Vishwaroopam is on a universal scale. It is all human. It is all about we and us. It is all about how we are trying to self-destruct us.

What to expect from Vishwaroopam II?

Kamal Haasan Vishwaroopam

Do we need to say Kamal Haasan is probably the greatest actor in Indian Cinema history? No. Not necessary. But we should say that he is a gem of a filmmaker. He not just handles a character which has multiple dimensions even to the point the husband surprises even his wife, he directed the movie with attention to detail. Who can imagine a set in Chennai recreating Afghanistan sands except Kamal Haasan?

As for the acting, he is a master so much so that even at 10% of his usual self, he can beat all the other current actors barring very few. He is the backbone, heart and soul of Vishwaroopam 2. Ulaganayagan is ready to entertain us like no one before us. And as one of his last few movies, Vishwaroopam 2 is a precious last chance for all of us to witness a master mind of a filmmaker whom even the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Nolan admired and took inspiration from. Emotional? Isn’t it?

Strong support cast

Pooja Kumar may not be an accomplished actress. But she is a top class actress. She can go toe to toe with the best in the business. Andrea Jeremiah, the singer cum actress did play a femme fatale in Vishwaroopam first volume. She is certainly a value addition. Rahul Bose lived through the character of Omar Qureshi is scary. He has an unfulfilled business to finish. Shekhar Kapoor as Colonel Jagannadh surprised everybody with his acting prowess and will do the same this time round too.

A complete film

Apart from the humanist angle, Kamal makes sure that the movie is detailed and elaborate without being a drag. The production values are top notch is an understatement. The music is stunning is an understatement. The cinematography is going to be atmospheric. The production design is going to be rich. Every single one of the filmmaking department is going to the at the best in Vishwaroopam. It is a complete film. You should not miss it.

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