Vishwaroopam is an Indian spy thriller film written, directed and co-produced by Kamal Hassan that features him in the lead role.
The film also has Pooja Kumar, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat in supporting roles.
The soundtrack is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, with lyrics by Vairamuthu. Kamal Hassan composed the lyrics for the Tamil songs himself and Javed Akhtar penned them for the Hindi version. Vishwaroopam was shot with the same cast in both languages simultaneously and is titled in Hindi as Vishwaroop.
Directed by Kamal Hassan
Produced by Raj Kamal Films International, Chandra Haasan, Kamal Hassan
Written by Kamal Hassan, Atul Tiwari
Star Cast: Kamal Hassan as Viswanath, Pooja Kumar as Dr. Nirupama, Andrea Jeremiah as Ashmita, Rahul Bose as Omar, Jaideep Ahlawat, Samrat Chakrabarti, Zarina Wahab, Nassar, Shekhar Kapur in a special appearance, Miles Anderson as Dawkins, James Babson as Tom Black, Upendra as Naanu, Jude S. Walko as Captain Joe, Chris Kotcher as Tollbooth Operator, Greg Sammis as F.B.I. Agent, David Scott Diaz as F.B.I. Agent, Melissa Bayer as Store Customer, Hayat Asif as Afghani Militant
Cinematography: Sanu Varghese
Editing: Mahesh Narayanan
Studio: Raaj Kamal Films International
Distributed: PVP Films
Language: Tamil (Original), Hindi (Original), Telugu (Dubbed)
The wait is over. Kamal Hassan‘s biggest-ever film Viswaroopam, which has been delayed for one or the other reason, has seen the light of day in foreign countries but not in Tamil Nadu and some other Southern states as the High Court has stayed the release after several Muslim groups raised objection.
After a gap of three years, Kamal Hassan is back with Viswaroopam, which is written, directed and produced by himself. The film was supposed to be directed by Selvaraghavan but as the director walked out of the film due to other commitments, Kamal Hassan took the responsibility of directing the film.
The film is simultaneously made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. It is made with the budget of Rs 95 crore, which is the second highest budget Tamil film after Superstar Rajnikanth‘s blockbuster Endhiran: Thg Robot. What does the multilingual action-thriller has to offer? A reader named Praveen Kumar from New Jersey reviewed the film, as the movie was not released here. Read on for the review…
The movie starts in America. Viswanath (Kamal Hassan), who will be seen as Kathak trainer, is surrounded by girls and one among them is Andrea Jeremiah. This makes Dr Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) to doubt on her hubby’s character and hires a detective, who gets killed by Al-Qaeda group.
The Al-Qaeda is planning to plant a Nuclear Bomb in New York and Kamal Hassan is well-aware of it. How? He has a past where he has a connection with the terrorist group, which is headed by Omar (Rahul Bose). Will the terrorist organisation succeed in their mission? What role does Kamal Hassan play? Is he a terrorist or an undercover agent? To know all these, you should watch the film.
The story of the film begins on a slow note but it is gripping. The first half is entirely shot in the US, and keeps you engaged and generate a lot of curiosity. When it comes to second half, the narration is dragging at parts but gets interesting with Kamal Hassan‘s past getting revealed.