Star Cast: Kamal Hassan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur
Director: Kamal Hassan
The much-awaited Vishwaroopam 2 has hit the theatres and nothing much has to be said about the huge hype that the film has had. Its prequel Vishwaroppam is widely regarded as one of the best spy thrillers of Indian cinema; however, has all the wait for Vishwaroopam 2 turned to be a fruitful one? Read Vishwaroopam 2 review to get the answer.
Vishwaroopam 2 begins at where the first part had ended. Wizam and his team, after successfully blocking the masterplan of Omar and Salim, have something more to do with their foes planning other attacks in multiple places.
As it was mentioned, Vishwaroopam 2 is both a prequel as well as a sequel to Vishwaroopam, the film which had set the standards of Tamil cinema pretty high. The making style of Vishwaroopam was at par with Hollywood standards and the case is the same with Vishwaroopam 2, but not without the bumps in the name of commercialisation that has spoilt the show in between.
The first half of Vishwaroopam 2 sets the tone high with the story moving back and forth, much like in the prequel. As the story unveils on the screen, we get the answers to some of the hooking questions that popped up in the mind of the audiences while watching the first part. Kamal Haasan, the film-maker, who rightly knows about the delay that the film has had, has rightly mixed some of the scenes from the first part as a prelude to avoid some confusions. It somewhat follows the pattern of the first part and here too, dialogues hold due importance, which are simply brilliant!
The first half of the film was indeed a lengthy one, but still it does keep the interest of the viewers invested throughout and due credits to Kamal Haasan for his fine narrative. However, things do go haywire in the second half, where it has to be said that the expectations on the film don’t survive. Some of the action sequences do go over the top and the unwanted masala fare, which was absent in Vishwaroopam, take front seat here. Moreover, the delay that the film has had is quite evident with the change in the actors’ makeover becoming quite evident.
The film-maker in Kamal Haasan never spoon-feeds the audiences and one has to pay due attention to savour the ides to the fullest. He once again proves that he is the film-maker who could do complete justice to his script and here, we could see the maker in him doing a better job than the writer, with some of the unwanted sequences and additional stuffs in the script pulling the film down than its prequel.
Kamal Haasan the actor carries the role with ease and he starts off from where he had stopped in the prequel. It’s always a pleasure to see him say those catchy dialogues in the way only which he could do. Pooja Kumar has done her part well and so was the case of Andrea Jeremiah’s, who gets more screen space in Vishwaroopam 2. At the same time, more clarity in their characterizations were required. However, it has to be said that Rahul Bose and Jaideep Ahlawat couldn’t make the same impact that they created in the first part. Waheeda Rahman who is a new entrant in the sequel does complete justice to the sequel; and the scene featuring herself and Kamal Haasan is undoubtedly one of the best in the films.
Cinematography by Shamdatt is splendid. Editing could have been better, especially in the second half of the movie. Coming to the technical aspects, VFX played a good role in Vishwaroopam, but the same can’t be said for Vishwaroopam 2, with some of the sequences even lacking the conviction.
Like every other sequels or prequels, Vishwaroopam 2 will also be subjected to comparisons. Vishwaroopam 2 has its own share of good moments, but it couldn’t carry forward that momentum till the end.