VISWAROOPAM 2 : Worth The Wait ?
Kamal’s latest avatar
Despite not being a fan of the first installment, decided to indulge in the second part only hoping that the movie doesn’t make me feel like knocking on Kamal’s doors and demand my money back. Little did I know that I would feel like I wasted a couple of hours of my previous life on this movie that appeared to be made in a hurry and with little respect to the paying audience.
The initial part of the movie was pretty naive; a second-grade kid would laugh at the way Kamal was dozing off when drifting into scenes from (and behind the scenes from) the first part. I am sure it wasn’t just me that was bored but a huge part of the theatre was mocking (booing?) at these scenes. God (Andavar, as Kamal, is fondly referred to by his fans) knows what Kamal was trying to convey through those scenes with Andrea falling all over him with Pooja around them. At best, they were in bad taste and were not funny at all. These scenes made it obvious if anyone had missed the title cards, that it was Kamal that wrote and directed the movie.
Bringing his ‘mom’ character into the scene, in my opinion, was a waste of time which provided only for Kamal to flex his vocal muscles in the movie and show us all that he has been a good singer and continues to be one. If it was to show where he got his dancing skills from, well, it wasn’t important to the storyline at all.
The movie interests in small patches, like the part that talks about him saving Omar’s Lady and the kids and the exchanges with Mr. Iyer at the hotel room; the latter was a politically laced conversation that tickled the whole cinema into life after a largely lifeless show till then.
Computer graphics were used in excess, especially in places where the actual shot didn’t need any; like when they were walking at Sheerness or the initial drive out of the airbase at the UK. The car stunt that followed the latter was right out of any random 90s Indian hero-worship movie that we would have all mocked at.
The way he escaped that 40-second bomb was a repeat (just a worse copy) of the warehouse scene in the first part.
A couple of points to conclude:
1) Watch the movie for the eye candy that the ladies are. These ladies look gorgeous and this is an understatement.
2) Kamal, the actor, wouldn’t have signed up for this if this movie was written & directed by anyone else without inserting a few scenes that made the movie a marketable commodity. Surprising that he made this movie for himself and made it as damp a squib as it turned out to be.
P.S: Inserting the party song before the start of the movie was a new low that any movie with political ambitions has touched. Not cool, not cool at all.