Not A Patch On Part 1
‘U/A’ Certified, 2 hrs 21 mins.
What Is the Film ‘Vishwaroopam 2’ About?
Vishwaroopam 2 is a true continuation of Vishwaroopam. It fills in the missing pieces of the first part and also concludes the open threads. Wizam’s (Kamal Haasan) past and present are explored as part of the narrative.
How Is Kamal Haasan’s Performance?
Vishwaroopam is a whole one-man show by Kamal Haasan. The star gets to do action, comedy and sentiment in equal doses and he impresses, as usual in all of them. If there is any complaint, then that would be in the direction department.
Direction by Kamal Haasan?
Vishwaroopam 1, as a director was the most commercial venture of Kamal Haasan. Now, Vishwaroopam 2 takes over in that department. It also means unlike the first part, the movie also lacks a certain flair in the making and veers into the typical commercial potboiler territory. It is an uneasy mix, and that is the undoing of the movie.
There is a tonal inconsistency in Vishwaroopam 2. On the one hand, there are the elements of espionage in place, and at other times, we get the routine, predictable clichéd drama and comedy. Not that a thriller should not have them, but the balance is not accurately achieved.
Both the comedy and drama make the narrative weak and derails the proceedings. They are not engaging and lack the payoff, in the end. The part involving the mother feels totally needless and a waste of time when the movie concludes.
The first half of Vishwaroopam 2 is still better comparatively, as it stays on the thriller mode with not so much deviation. The pre-interval block is decent and so is the interval even though it is overstretched. The second half feels like a total let down, with the plot veering into a typical revenge drama involving family and heroic ending, all in place.
On the whole, Vishwaroopam 2 is a big disappointment if one keeps the standards of the first part in mind. Seen as an independent entity, it has its moments, more so in the first half, but is overall lengthy and ends predictably.
Pooja Kumar and Others?
Pooja Kumar continues from where she left in the first place and is lovely as the confusing wife. The character progress is neat, and one ends up liking it in the end. Andrea Jeremiah is decent. Her role gets less and less important as the movie progresses and the ending feels like it’s coming. Just, the way it has been shown might be unexpected. Rahul Bose had really one scene towards the climax, but he leaves a mark. Sekhar Kapoor is alright. Ananth Mahadevan is decent. The rest have small roles, and they are all cast well of their tiny parts.
Music and Other Departments?
Technically, Vishwaroopam 2 is a step down from the first part. There are parts which give a tacky vibe that was not the case with Vishwaroopam. Some of the VFX shots looked too obvious. The music and background score by Ghibran is not up to the mark. The cinematography is neat. The writing is good in parts.The editing is weak and gives a patchy feeling.
Few Funny Moments
Kamal Haasan, The Act
More time on the thrilling aspects involving Omar and Wizab, especially when the latter lands in India and that leading to a face off.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
With huge reservations
Vishwaroopam 2 Review by Siddartha Toleti
Note: Vishwaroopam 2 Review will be up soon, Meanwhile, read a quick preview on how long before Baahubali, Vishwaroopam was first planned as a two-part movie but unfortunately got stuck in cans due to political issues.
Preview: Vishwaroopam 2
‘Vishwaroopam 2‘ has been in the cans since 2013 and finally coming to the theatres. Kamal Haasan’s die-hard fans are happy to see him back on the big screen and the trailer of the movie did the trick to create interest among the general audiences, even.
Long before Baahubali, Vishwaroopam was first planned to be two parts movie. Unfortunately, the second part got stuck in the cans due to political issues, reportedly. The movie has been in the news because of its prequel ‘Vishwaroopam 1’.
The first part’s box-office report was very good and it did cross a million in the United States in those days itself when a million was a huge achievement. Though the second part is coming after a lot of delays, Kamal Haasan’s stamina and his charisma have done the magic along with the content seen in the trailer.
It is one of the most commercial movies by Kamal Haasan’s standards and a mainstream movie coming in the direction of the Universal Star. The movie was suggested 22 cuts by the CBFC giving us a clue about what to actually expect from the movie as it’s a thriller.
Though it has been a while and audiences might have only a faint memory of the characters in ‘Vishwaroopam’, we hope that the second part will not give the scope to think that we are watching a movie’s second half without a clear clue about the first half.
To speak frankly, it’s Kamal Haasan who is actually attracting the audiences and nobody else to watch the sequel. Will the sequel repeat the magic of the prequel? Let’s see.
Keep watching this space for our genuine ‘Vishwaroopam 2’ review from our mirchi9 team. Stay tuned, guys!