This and That

June 15, 2008


Filed under: movie — Tags: , — yaadayaada @ 2:53 pm

Saw Dasavatharam today. Enjoyed the movie. Pretty good movie! It shouldn’t be a surprise that I like this movie since I had decided to like the movie for what it is and decided not to expect anything monumental just because Kamal is in it. Sure Kamal didn’t disappoint me.

The 12th century scenes were done wonderfully.  The plot was pretty good. The movie keeps your interest for the most part of the 3 hour. The chases are awesome. The fights are great. Especially the climax one. Also the Japanese girl’s fight sequence with Fletcher. The background music was pretty good. The songs were very much part of the movie. So did not stand out. No duet non-sense. Kallai Mattum and Mukundha Mukundha are a treat to watch. Though Mukundha Mukundha kept reminding me of Konjum Mainakkale from Kandukondein Kandukondein. Wish Kamal had gone with AR Rahman.

12th century  Nambi, Balram Nadiu, Govind, Japanese guy, Paatti and Poovaragan have done a wonderful job in that order. Nambi was phenomenal. Made me wish a for a full-length period movie from Kamal. It is a shame that Marudha Nayakam got dropped. Balram Naidu was very funny. Nicely done. Govind being his usualy self with an American accent. That is as expected. Japanese Guy the make up was awesome.  Paatti did a wonderful job. Poovaragan was pretty good since Kamal is so versatile with his accents.

So overall loved the movie. Now to answer some questions!

Is it a must see? Yes it is.

Now do I think 10 Kamals were needed for this storyline? Nope. Avtar Singh, Bush, Tall Kamal,Poovaragan, Paatti, Nambi were not needed for this story line.  I wish Kamal had chosen a storyline that required 10 important roles just like Shivaji played Navarathiri. It would have been more enjoyable.

Do I think the makeup was great? Yes and No. Make up for Balram Naidu, Poovaragan, Paatti, Japanese guy, Govind(They had made Kamal look youngish), Nambi, Avtar Singh were awesome. Nope for Fletcher, Tall kamal, Bush! I wish they had toned down the makeup. Bush was ok since he was in for a few scenes. I wish they had made a good job out of Fletcher since he is in the entire movie. Tall Kamal though the face was not good, makes you wonder how they achieved it.

What about graphics? For a Tamil movie, it might be great. But could have done better. Wish they had taken some of the movie from makeup and the Audio release and used it for the graphics especially for the 12th century bit and Tsunami. Hmm.. I guess the hindsight is always 20-20

Did anything irritate you? Yes. Asin. She was pretty good as Nambi’s wife. She did a pretty good job in the first half of the movie. But started irritating me in the second half with her high pitched hyper-active acting. Wish she had toned it down a little.

Again is it a must see? Yes it is, at least once.

All said and done, it was a good entertainer. Had lot of fun. Still having fun talking about it. Overall Kamal did a wonderful job.



  1. I ve never seen such widely different reviews for a movie before. Guess it depends on the beholder of the eye, as the saying goes!! 😉 I dont want to miss it in the theatres though. But by the time I watch it this weekend, everyone would have beaten the movie to its death I suppose. But the good thing is that Im going without any expectation, thanks to the reviews. Hope Pinocchio does not get released before though! 😉

    Comment by B o o. — June 15, 2008 @ 6:02 pm

  2. LOL on Boo’s comment regarding the two releases.
    I have a mental block against watching Kamal movies, just don’t ask me why because I am clueless myself. I seem to find reviews of this movie all over the blogosphere. Plan to watch it for special effects if not anything else, after the dvd releases.

    Comment by ddmom — June 15, 2008 @ 10:30 pm

  3. Yes, I totally agree that it is a must see atleast once. I didn’t feel bored during the movie and I really enjoyed watching kamal act in the 10 roles effortlessly. 🙂


    Comment by San — June 16, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  4. I liked the movie.
    Must see? YES, atleast once.
    Are 10 Kamals really necessary? NOOOOOO. But what the heck, let us indulge him.

    Rest of the comment totally unconnected with the movie, but just an analysis of Kamal.

    From what I gathered, there are four kinds of people:

    -Ppl who belive in God, ppl who believe whatever happens happens for the good.
    -Ppl who believe in God, but in the process get too carried away and forget that love is God.
    -Ppl who do not believe in God, but believe in love.
    -Ppl who are in love with themselves and think that they are God.

    Kamal has always been in category three. Even Anbe Sivam places strong emphasis on category three. For me it is interesting to see this transformation as he tends to be leaning towards category one in Dasavatharam. In Dasavatharam is he trying to say that what ever happens makes sense in the big picture? We humans loose perspective geting caught in the day to day chaos, but like tamil cinema villa would say, ‘Kooti kazhichu paaru, yellam seriya varum’ 🙂

    Comment by utbtkids — June 17, 2008 @ 4:59 am

  5. Hmm.. utbt, From what I understood from the movie was he still is there in category 3. But he created a debate between number 1 and number 2 and left us to to decide who won. Why I think he still belongs to the 3rd category? Bcos of his last dialogue in the movie. “I never said God is not there, I only wish it will be nice if there was a God!”. Of course, the movie flow makes you believe whatever happens happens for the good. But Kamal keeps questioning that until the end of the movie!

    Comment by yaadayaada — June 17, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

  6. Reason for 10 Avathars

    1. Krishna avatar – Vincent Poovaraghavan
    Lord krishna is actually a dalit, he is dark-skinned [shyamalam]. He
    saved draupadi when she was being violated and he was the actual
    diplomat in mahabharatham. Lord krishna dies of an arrow striking his
    lower leg. Now look at how vincent was introduced.. he appears when
    asin is about to be molested and he saves her like draupadi. Vincent
    is the dalit diplomat, fights for land issue [soil issue to be exact]
    and dies from the metal rod striking his leg. Oh even five of
    vincent’s men are drugged at P. Vasu’s.. sounds familiar???

    2. Balarama avatar – Balarama naidu
    This is an easy given. as the name suggests and the role personifies
    you can easily get it.

    3. Mathsya avatar – Ranagaraja nambi
    nambi is thrown into water in an act of trying to save lord from being
    thrown into sea, though vainly. what more clue do you want?

    4. Varaha avatar – Krishnaveni paatti
    During the mukunda song, krishnaveni paatti does varaha avatar in the
    shadow puppetry. The frame freezes on it for a second. there is the
    clue. Moreover, in varaha avatar lord actually hides earth so as to
    protect life forms. Here too krishnaveni hides the germs – life form
    inside the statue so as to protect.

    5. Vamana avatar – Kalifulla khan
    remember in vamana avatar, lord vishnu takes the vishvaroopa, that is
    the giant form! Hence the giant kalifulla here symbolises vamana
    6. Parasurama avatar – Christian Fletcher
    Parasurama is actually on an angry killing spree and killed 21
    generations of the particular kshatriya vamsa. Hence the real
    KILLER… Guess what thats what our Fletcher is! He comes around with
    the gun [modern upgrade for axe] and kills everyone around. I have to
    check if he kills 21 people though. 😀

    7. Narasimha avatar – Shingen Narahashi
    first of all the name itself is a play on the words singam [means lion
    in tamil] and narasimha [the avatar being symbolised]. Lord Narasimha
    manifests himelf to kill the bad guy and he also teaches prahaladha.
    In the movie, he shows up to kill the killer fletcher! and is also a
    teacher.. Lord Narasimha had to kill the asura with bare hands and
    hence the martial arts exponent here.. get it?

    8. Rama avatar – Avatar Singh
    Lord Rama stands for the one man one woman maxim, kind of symbolising
    true love.. Here Avatar portrays that spirit by saying that he loves
    his woman more than anything and wants to live for her.

    9. Kalki avatar – Govindaraj Ramasamy
    As you know, the hero in kaliyug can be none other than the Kalki avatar!!!

    10. Koorma avatar – Bush
    This is the most loose adaptation I couldn’t clearly comprehend. But
    if you look at the real koorma avatar, the lord is the turtle/tortoise
    that helps in stirring the ksheera sagara and bringing out the amruth.
    This essentially creates war among the devas and asuras. Similarly
    today Bush facilitates war between you know whom… May be Kamal also
    indicates that this avatar is a bit dumb like the tortoise…

    Comment by Kaushik — June 18, 2008 @ 4:17 pm

  7. Hmm.. Kaushik comments exactly looks like Maverick’s comment in

    It is an interesting thought though!!

    Comment by yaadayaada — June 18, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

  8. I dint write the comment..its a forward circulating every where and I happen to see your post…

    Even i had the same confusion as you had when I saw the movie…

    Yes…it is interesting..

    Comment by Kaushik — June 18, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

  9. Oh. it is a forward. Thanks for the clarification!

    Anyway, I guess I need to see the movie again to get all the points! 🙂

    Comment by yaadayaada — June 19, 2008 @ 1:00 am

  10. Niceo ne by Kaushik. But i am not impressed with the movie.

    Comment by Aditis Album — June 21, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

  11. Welcome Aditi! Nice to see you here!

    Comment by yaadayaada — June 21, 2008 @ 8:26 pm

  12. My exact thought about the Nambi character..i really realy wished that this movie started and ended with the nambi character…and a period film based on that! would have been awesome! first time here…

    Comment by IBH — June 26, 2008 @ 10:31 am

  13. Welcome IBH. There are rumors that Kamal’s next movie Marmayogi is actually Marudhanayagam!! Looking forward to that!

    Comment by yaadayaada — June 26, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  14. why did I reach so late here! This post just made my day. There is someone who liked the movie. I just loved this movie and frankly I want to watch it second time. Kamal’s movies should be watched atleast twice to find out more and more stuffs from his movies. And you left the humor part. No one other than kamal can bring it in so casually inspite of taking some completely different concept and stuffs.
    And those comparisons to the 10 actual avatars doesn’t make any sense! That’s what I feel.
    Its a nice movie.

    And for the four kinds of people stuff:

    In anbe sivam there is a scene in which a little boy is about to die,
    madahavan gives him blood and saves him only to see him die after a
    couple of hours. And the conversation between kamal and madhavan in
    that scene is worth watching; Anyway in Anbe sivam each and every part
    of the movie is worth watching a million times.
    Madhavan says , we really start to doubt the existence of God at such
    times. “Why should that boy be suffering, why should I give the blood
    and save him and why should he eventually die inspite of all this”.
    And kamal says ” God is definitely you, in me. I saw God in
    you when you saved that boy”

    What I feel ,Kamal means to say is…truth, love and all nice things
    is God. He needn’t be an idol to worship. But God is truth, God is
    love…all good things is God and good things govern everything and
    are always the superior power. And if you are confident of doing good
    things yourself, you needn’t worry about the results……………..
    And I feel that’s what he actually wants to convey to people in most of his movies.

    Comment by aargee — August 24, 2008 @ 4:57 am

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