IMDB rating: 2*/5*
Runtime: 2 hr 21 mins
Director: Kamal Haasan
Writer: Kamal Haasan
Producer: Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor
Star Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Shekhar Kapur, Jaideep Ahlawat, Anant Mahadevan, Waheeda Rehman, and Russell Geoffrey Banks.
Vishwaroop 2 is conceived entirely on the ideas of Kamal Haasan. It is the sequel to its five years ago released first film Vishwaroop, such that it picks the thread right from where it left, grabbing with the time zones and continents again.
Vishwaroop 2 serves a few good aspects. It is a spy thriller movie full of stunts, combat scenes and the props appear as some Hollywood big-ticket film. The film gives a feeling of being too stretched. In fact, heavy dialogue scenes of Anant Mahadevan and Shekhar Kapur make no cut. The combat sequences in the desert with the American army are good, but nothing to add weight.
In this sequel the protagonists remain the same Kamal Haasan as Wizam, a director also, Pooja Kumar as Dr. Nirupama, Andrea as Ashmita, Shekar Kapur as Colonel Jagannath, Rahul Bose as Omar and Jaideep Ahlawat as Salim. This film is released in Tamil and Hindi simultaneously.
It offers an eery feel like a movie crafted by some politician as a one-man ship offering self-memorialization and quick fixes in plenty. The predecessor movie Vishwaroop was for people who love artistic intentions, such as exaggerated job titles and de-sensitizing violence.
Screenplay and Direction
This movie is written, directed and produced by Kamal Haasan under the banner Aascar Films and Raaj Kamal Films International. There is a U/A certificate from the censor board
Kamal Haasan in Vishwaroop 2 direction shows his determination of bringing an action thriller and the film falters here. There are plenty and too many impressive stunts but comes with zero tension packs. Though the direction reveals a lot of action, the movie has nothing much to say.
In fact, a Nuclear Oncology PhD offers diverse talents into the ocean as to scuba dive is shown. As usual Nirupama’s ignorance was shown through her wide eyes in the first film and then her undying love for a man who literally got her killed hints us about the 80s devout heroines. Very strange is that bodies keep falling around in action all around them, while Wizam seems battered much and yet finds all the time to roll into bed.
Vishwaroop 2 has its unique descriptor to come with the slowest spy thriller. the storylines are random padded with internet obscure facts that the narration limps over to function that it failed to make appropriate use of Rahul Bose and Jaideep Ahlawat in their reprise roles as Al Qaeda terrorists.
This looked like a movie that wants to give a finishing touch in the name of a sequel.
Performance and Dialogue
The spy thrillers offer a lot to see and few colorful characters blur as villains in between. Jeremiah reveals to high-step around hotel rooms in a hunt for bugs and there are hilarious scenes unintentionally featuring here and only in one place, there is an exhibition of her martial skills. Kumar is referred to as ‘nuclear oncologist’ several times and it offers a coquettish feel.
None are better. Shekhar Kapur and Anant Mahadevan, appear as some senior backroom boys giving orders to the filed guys. Rahul Bose re-appears as Al Qaeda man and throws big dialogues like ‘yahaan gadaaron ko takht nahin taaboot diya jaata hai’. The few good moments are only with Waheeda Rahman, shows an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s. Waheeda Rahman maintains her skills and her presence is felt even for few minutes appearance.
Now, it is Kamal Haasan, who has directed, co-written, and produced the film, as a RAW patriotic agent. In this, he became a bloody espionage agent. He also is not above the script, though at some places his self-awareness manages to reveal his trademark intelligence.
The lyrics were written by Prasson Joshi and Sandeep Srivastava, while the music is all in rage by Mohammad Ghibran. Songs also include singing by Andrea Jeremiah, Sathyaprakash, and Kamal Haasan.
Vishwaroop 2 presents an overkill classic example. This multi-lingual film is shot in both, Hindi and Tamil. And though there are a few genuinely good moments, the film is trying to put ahead too much, at a very short time.
A typical mainstream masala movie with action dollops adding to good amounts of romance, comedy, and drama. Each subplot leads to more confusion, including the gravity-defying fight.