Release Date : Jan 25,2013
Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
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Production: Raaj Kamal Films International
Cast: Andrea Jeremiah, Jaideep Ahlawat, Kamal Haasan, Nassar, Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Shekar Kapur
Direction: Kamal Haasan
Screenplay: Kamal Haasan
Story: Kamal Haasan
Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Background score: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Dialogues: Kamal Haasan
Art Direction: Ilayaraja
Editing: Mahesh Narayanan
Singers: Benny Dayal, Kamal Haasan, Shankar Mahadevan, Suraj Jagan
PRO: Nikhil Murugan


First of all, God bless the people who made huge noise about Vishwaroopam being anti-islam. Vishwaroopam clearly has no spiritual or political motive. The movie is made with only one intention - to entertain, and entertain it does, with a top class technical team assembled and headed by Dr.Kamal haasan, the man who continues to be one of the few living pioneers, bringing in new filmmaking initiatives to Indian cinema. 
We will stay far away from mentioning anything about the story or giving away spoilers in this review as it would be a criminal offense to do so for this movie. Rightly censored at U/A, there is an apt warning in the beginning over the display of blood and gore. But when the movie is on terrorism, what else can one expect?
Perhaps there is none who is even remotely close to Kamal haasan in enacting a Kathak teacher with aplomb and elegance ease. Such is his mastery over the art. The scene where Kamal’s transformation is shown, bolstered with some great stunt choreography, stands out. The highlight of the movie is the training camp sequences - well compiled with the right background score. Rahul bose and his lieutenant Jaideep Ahlawat steal the show. Nassar, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah and Shekar Kapur are all appropriate. 
Coming to the technical aspects, screenplay is nonlinear, new, warrants focus from the viewers and engages for most of the running time. Though Vishwaroopam has no political motive, the story has the sensitive ‘war against terror’ as the backdrop. Hence, no wonder the writers employed wisely crafted dialogues with both hidden and explicit messages, all for the viewers to explore. But in the same breath, it must be mentioned that the Tamil spoken by some of the characters is a strain for the ears. 
Cinematographer Sanu Varghese and art director Ilayaraja are the two key stars in Kamal’s technical team. The former framed some great shots of the Afghan landscape whereas the later brought home the Tora Bora caves. Shankar-Eshaan-Loy is the best thing to have happened to Vishwaroopam. The movie would not have turned out to be what it is, without their music. Editing by Mahesh Narayanan is mostly adequate, but could have been a little more coherent towards the ending portion. Some might find the conclusion to be quick and abrupt, but there is no doubt over the expectation for the sequel. 
To sum it up, if you are a fan of intelligent cinema, do yourself a favor, wait no longer, go watch Vishwaroopam. 
Verdict: One of the commercially best made movies of Tamil cinema.



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