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June 18, 2008


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — Shyamala N. @ 9:01 pm

 \How often do you come across a movie which has all elements of a total BLOCKBUSTER?? If it’s been a while since u’ve seen a good movie, then, trust me, rush to the theatre nearby ur place, get tickets for DASAVATHARAM and enjoy 3 hours of absolute pleasure! If it were for me to describe the whole movie in one word, then my choice of word wud be : Magnanimous!!

    Kamal Hasan has come up with an ingenious story, which, at first sight may look like a normal plot. But if you are well versed with the nuances of Indian mythology, then u wud realize how much of thought and care has gone into the screenplay of the movie. I would unabashedly call this movie “The Biggest Movie of Indian Cinema!”. Oh yes sir! It surpasses in all ways, the so called biggies of bollywood and kollywwood,

What makes this movie so BIG? Not Mallika Sherawat( I wud say her presence is so ignorable), not the music score, not the cinematography. U can actually ignore all this. The beauty of the story is what the story is all about. Yes, the 10 characters played by Kamal make the movie so bloody enticing. What starts as a bauble,  ends up in such a perfect plot, that u can’t help but appreciate the maturity and sensitivity of the person who has fathered this story. Who, but a highly accomplished and experienced showmaker can even think of threading up 10 characters who potray the 10 incarnations of Vishnu. Kamal has given the critics a run for their money. Initially, there was a huge showdown regarding the name of the movie, but Kamal saw to it that everyone who raised a finger against him, ate dust. So much so for such blatant remarks!

You can’t categorize any character as relevant or irrelevant. Each one has a perfectly shaped story spun around itself. Trust me, only Kamal has the ability to keep under control the otherwise sublime story.  I have just words of praises for the movie, but a proper review MUST AND SHOULD contain a few criticisms, isn’t it? So, just for the sake of that, i rope in a few “could have been avoideds”:

1) Mallika Sherawat

2) Mallika Sherawat

3) Mallika Sherawat

Oh ok ok! Am not biased,  nor am i against the female. Just that, she affects the sanctity of the movie.  But, the movie wud have been still the same, and maybe more wholesome without her. (Hey, don’t go by my words, I HATE MALLIKA SHERAWAT!). And then, maybe, Karunanidhi needn’t have been so blatantly patronized in the end. Instead, Kamal could have thought like a shrewd businessman and brought in Rajnikant. No, i am not hinting any sarcasm here.

How the characters are to be interpreted, is given below. A fellow orkutian provided me with this insight:

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.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.

3.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.

4.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?

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 avatar.

6. 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…

7. 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.

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

9. Balaram – Balram Naidu

Balram is the one who helps Krishna through the war in the maha bharat and here Balaram naidu is the only soul that Govind can turn to for help through out his mission

10.  Matsya Avatar- rangarajan nambi 
Lord vishnu took the form of a fish to descend into the waters to bring back the holy vedas and does bring it back succesfully… In this case rangaraja nambi went into the waters with the idol and brings it back to the surface 9 centuries later!

Highly theosophical, isn’t it? Well, u must give in that this is so damned incredulous!

In short, all i’d like to say is-“What the hell are u waiting for? Go and watch the movie for God’s sake!”

Well, if u are a person who expects the usual “boy-chasing-halfclad-girl-around-a-tree”, then i would suggest you not to go for the movie, cuz u aren’t mature enough to understand the story! But buddy, this is not a disclaimer. Just chill!




  1. hey! i really enjoyed the comparison u have made!! its superb..i have seen the film on the release day itself! but like to watch it again…in your way too..

    have a nice day! forever n ever!

    Comment by balajihands — June 19, 2008 @ 3:18 pm

  2. i have to say this is the best interpretation albeit review on this movie.. very well written.. very well thought out and explained..

    to get to the point.. you’ve opened my eyes.. i actually rubbished this movie thinking it was a magnum opus for the sake of being one.. n kamal not really having to don the 10 different roles.. but now i get it.. well the adage “theres more to it than meets the eye” is apt here..

    i’m a big fan of kamal movies.. n was sorely disappointed with this movie.. however even if i watch it again i don’t think i can enjoy it still with the theosophical glasses i’ll have on.. it’s still been ruined by some cheap special effects and is still an ott movie.. n yes mallika sherawat.. alhtough i don’t it was her who ruins the movie.. its our “draupadi” asin.. oh my goooooddddd.. i was seriously hoping she would be killed off.. infact her perumalai should’ve done it to bring in some more irony into the story..what an annoying character.. ahh.. she should get an award for donning the most annoying character on screen..

    after reading your article however i’ve opened my eyes and its nice to see there are people who look in deep into a movie’s story and just don’t buy it at face value..

    Comment by tandeep — December 30, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  3. Oh my god ma’am though mine is coming very late but i saw the movie yesterday itself…. actually this comparison that u’ve made is just too good and hats off to your thinking cap which gives u such brilliant ideas… watching the movie (also reading the same through subtitles) was so much fun and now reading this article was just an terrific icing on this cake…. Need not say much about this one more feather in your cap would just like to say “A-W-E-S-O-M-E” keep up the good stuff ma’am u’ve made ur level much more higher now….. KUDOS TO SHYAMALA MA’AM AND KAMAL HASSAN……. Ma’am no doubt u chose the wrong path u must have been a writer or some renowned novelist….. 😛

    Comment by Mayank Arora — April 27, 2009 @ 6:12 pm

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