Kamal Haasan gives the Devil His Due

We’re all Devils when given a chance.

Ulaga Nayagan Madayan Kamal Haasan in an interview with Indian TV channel NDTV

Lord, is there a more dreary way to begin a cold, winter morning than to watch an interview with Kamal Haasan blah blah blahing about his upcoming film Vishwaroopam.

The aging, fading, hair-dyed star, plagiarist and gleeful beneficiary of theft is hopeful of grossing Rs 350-crore from the bilingual film (Hindi and Tamil).

Well, in a country where a 17-year-old boy extracts a 23-year-old woman’s intestines with his bare hands after raping her twice in a moving bus anything is possible.

Maybe, Vishwaroopam will even gross Rs 500-crore.

Didn’t I just say anything is possible in Mera Bharat Mahaan.

Although a minor talent by international standards, Kamal Haasan has been hailed as the avatar of inspiration for Marlon Brando, Meryl Streep and other giants of cinema by naive, know-nothing Indian philistines whose sole hope of Nirvana rests on blowing any star and proudly bragging about being the first.

If there’s one thing Indian movie fans can never be accused of, it’s for harboring a bias for quality films.

Kamal Haasan’s last film Manmadhan Ambu was an outright ripoff of the old English film Romance on the High Seas.

And I for one would not be in the least surprised if Vishwaroopam turns out to be an inglorious lift of another foreign/Hollywood film.

All Round Dabbler

Ask not what Kamal Haasan has done with Vishwaroopam.

Ask instead, what he’s not!

Kamal Haasan has written, produced, directed, sung and acted in the film that will hit the screens this Friday, January 11 on January 25.

OMG, just remembered that he’s also penned the lyrics for some of the songs in the film.

Rumors that Kamal Haasan also plays the heroine, extras, cameraman and gofer (chaiwallah) in the bilingual film have so far proved to be unfounded.

If Kamal Haasan’s recent films offer any clues, it’s that discerning moviegoers must not expect too much from Vishwaroopam, all the hype and braggadocio notwithstanding.

After all, Kamal Haasan’s outsized mouth has always outpaced his pea-sized talent.

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17 Responses to "Kamal Haasan gives the Devil His Due"

  1. Naveen   January 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Ha Ha Ha… are you reviewing it? (assuming it releases)

    I see that Vishwaroopam has become a big news item due to the DTH controversy in recent times.

    It seems it will release in fewer theaters than that comedian Santhanam’s new movie.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: are you reviewing it?

    I don’t know….you see the legendary actress and Indian Meryl Streep Trisha Krishnan’s film Samar is also releasing on the same day.

    I’m so torn between Trisha and Kamal. 😉

    Only now can I appreciate Hamlet’s dilemma in the famous soliloquy:

    To be, or not to be, that is the question:
    Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer
    The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune,
    Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles,
    And by opposing end them: to die, to sleep

    Oh, if only there were two SIs – one to thrill in Kamal Haasan’s magnum op and the other to delight in Trisha Krishnan tour de force!

    2. I expect Kamal’s film will release in a lot of theatres since there’s a Hindi version too – Vishwaroop.

    • Naveen   January 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Skip both and review Alex Pandian if it is releasing in your area!

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Alex Pandian?

      Aiyyo, Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad phillumu

      • Naveen   January 7, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        It is clear on what the Kollywood nitwits think about the audience when they show the hero wearing a Lungi, spreads his legs and does pelvic thrusts towards the audience.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        Our Tamil audience laps up the pelvic thrusts of the men and wild gyrations of the women.

    • Naveen   January 7, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Do you have the NDTV interview link? 350 crores for a Tamil Movie sounds ridiculously high expectations especially for a movie with no other stars and his dwindlng fan base.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1. NDTV link is there at the end of the post.

      2. Once again, it’s Hindi plus Tamil.

    • Naveen   January 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

      Theater owners have prevailed in their fight with Kamal.


      You can watch “Powerstar” in “Kanna Laddoo Thinga Asaiya” 🙂

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1. Maybe, this DTH nonsense was all a PubliShitty stunt on Ulaga Madayan’s part.

      I can’t imagine even Tamil movie buffs, dumb as most are, paying Rs 1,000 to see a DTH version of the movie on a small 20-inch or 40-inch screen.

      What if there’s a power-cut during the movie? 😉

      2. I’ll leave Kanna Laddoo, Jangiri, Badushah, Tirunelveli Halwa etc Thinga Asaiya for a different life-time.

      Will watch Zero Dark Thirty.

  2. boopalanj   January 7, 2013 at 1:19 pm


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Thank you, sweetie-pie!


  3. guruji2009   January 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    The curiosity factor for this film is definitely going to make it a hit.

    Vishwaroopam is premiering in LA with Lord of the Rings and Matrix producer Barrie Osborne helping Kamal.

    He is obviously so impressed with the film apparently that he is the producer of Kamal’s next international film.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    I’ll believe it when I see Barrie Osborne doing something concrete (like putting big money into a venture with Kamal).

    So far I have seen nothing that leads me to believe anything will come out of those breathless Indian media reports.

    Talk is cheap!

    • amazingfan   January 13, 2013 at 10:57 am

      barrie osborne did praise viswaroopam after watching it….

      SearchIndia.com Responds:


      My grandmother praised Trisha Krishnan and Vishal after watching Kuruvi and Sathyam!

      • amazingfan   January 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

        surely ur grandmother has bad taste

  4. prasath.j   January 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Somehow with every passing year Kamal re-evolves and redefines himself. This has been the case for many years even when he was a young actor and not as popular.

    Unlike other popular stars of the South/North, he just does not rest on laurels (SRK,AB,AKSHAY,RAJNIKANTH), but goes on to do something very different and new.

    The best thing is that he is able to connect the dots and call the right shots in the wide gamut of film making – not restraining himself to any specific role / type cast.

    Kamal is widely appreciated for his acting talent but I seriously feel he is one of India’s best directors.

    Lets look at his other directorial ventures in the past. Although miles below by Hollywood standards, definitely they were richer in content as per Indian standards.

    But none of them tasted success in box office. I predict the same for vishwaroopam.

    Virumandi was his last directorial venture.

    Chachi 420 was his first movie as a director which was in fact better than its Tamil Version.

    Hey Ram – His first movie has become a cult classic for its extraordinary film making, concept, acting, screenplay and historical facts. It might not have become a box office hit, but it certainly is one of the all time best movies made in Indian Cinema.

    But Kamal’s brainless comedy movies were made huge hits at box office by his mera bharat mahan fans.

    That’s why I am so confident that Vishwaroopam will be better in terms of content but will never taste success in box office.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. You write: Kamal…is one of India’s best directors. Lets look at his other directorial ventures….But none of them tasted success in box office. I predict the same for vishwaroopam.

    Why is Kamal failing as director?

    Do you think Kamal is ahead of the audience in terms of quality, content….or does he lack the lucky mole on the dick that Rajinikanth is rumored to possess. 😉

    2. You write: Hey Ram – His first movie has become a cult classic

    Hey Ram is definitely a decent film compared to Kamal’s other trash but I wouldn’t hail it as a cult. Virumandi was good too although Pasupathi stole the show there.

    3. You write: Vishwaroopam will be better in terms of content but will never taste success in box office.

    If, as you predict, Vishwaroopam bombs, Kamal will lose his shirt since it’s his money that’s at stake here.

    4. I feel Indians shouldn’t venture into Action Films a la Vishwaroopam as there’s no way they can match Hollywood or even Korean/Chinese films.

    Indian youngsters who are used to Bourne, Bond etc are unlikely to be impressed by local action films (exceptions are Enthiran, Dabangg, Dabangg 2 etc).

    Indian film-makers should focus more on emotional dramas. But the problem is we lack good writers and lack of motivation on the part of directors/producers.

    5. In my not so humble opinion, Kamal Haasan’s biggest problem today is that he’s unable to connect with the younger generation of Tamils (the biggest bunch of moviegoers today), whose mouths are tightly wrapped around the schlongs of Vijay, Ajith, Surya, Karthi, Simbhu, Vombhu, Kombhu etc.

    • amazingfan   January 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

      u say that action in dabangg,dabangg2 are better than usual indian action??

      Well as for as i know dabangg fights are complete copy of various south indian films….only few indian films which had good action like enthiran,anniyan,bheema,krishh,magadheera…..like u said action can never be strength of indian films but nowadays i see directors giving importance to action,even senseless film like thuppakki had good action….abt kamal hassan, well he would have continued to do quality films if his films like guna,kuruthipunal,hey raam,anbe sivam hadn’t flopped…..

      U can’t deny that kamal is anytime better than the current generation of tamil actors…..

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      1. I did not say Enthiran, Dabanng , Dabanng 2 were better than usual Indian actions….Au contraire, I said Indians were impressed by them.

      2. You write: u can’t deny that kamal is anytime better than the current generation of tamil actors…..

      I don’t deny Ulaga Madayan a.k.a Kamal Hassan is a Thiruttu LaKaba (thieving swine).

      I also won’t deny that Kamal is a better actor compared to the likes of Vishal, Simbhu, Vombhu, Kombhu etc but he’s not in the league of Bollywood actors like Naseeruddin Shah, Anupam Kher, Pankaj Kapoor.

    • boopalanj   January 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      The last movie I enjoyed from Kamal was – Anbe Sivam.

      SearchIndia.com Responds:


      • boopalanj   January 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm


        I’ve read your above review around 5 times in the past.

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        OK, I’ll give you Shankarlal in a few hours! 😉

      • Naveen   January 17, 2013 at 2:06 am

        I liked VIrumandi too. I didn’t mind Mumbai Xpress and Vettaiyaadu Vilayaadu at that time. Dasavathaaram onwards it has been hideous!

        SearchIndia.com Responds:

        The highlight of Mumbai Xpress was the monkey steering a massive crane to help the hero! Really! 😉

        • Naveen   January 17, 2013 at 2:14 am

          ha ha.. I dont even remember that. Pasupathi rocked big time in the first hour and then the movie started going downhill.

          SearchIndia.com Responds:

          Unlike Bollywood talents like Irrfan Khan etc, Pasupathi’s career doesn’t seem to have gone far.

          This Tamil Pasu is likely grazing grass somewhere in Madurantakam or Dindivanam!

  5. amazingfan   January 13, 2013 at 5:07 am

    lol “ulaga madayan”…hahahahaha i don’t know why these old fellas like rajini and kamal r still acting in films….and i don’t know what to expect from viswaroopam,surprisingly songs are very good …..j

    ust watched KULLA NARI KARTHI’S alex pandian which is another piece of crap…i’m very curious to know ur thots on alex pandian….

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    1. On Ulaga Madayan’s Vishwaroopam, I’ve heard rumors that Kamal’s “killer thriller” has Daniel Craig, Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner worrying for their jobs.

    2. No, I did not care to see Alex Pandian.

    I heard they cut 15-minutes and one song right on the first day. Source: http://behindwoods.com/tamil-movies-cinema-news-10/alex-pandian-is-cut–alex-pandian-karthi-12-01-13.html

    Karthi has gone the way of Surya and that old buffoon (his father) Sivakumar.

    When I get depressed, I watch this video of the buffoon to quickly restore the joie de vivre in my life.

    • amazingfan   January 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

      save ur money bro,don’t even bother to watch that crap Alex Pandian….after watching paruthiveeran i thought karthi can take tamil cinema forward but instead he is also doing the same commercial crap…..

      Alex Pandian will be karthi’s second flop after his epic disaster Sakuni…..

      Meanwhile santhanam’s kanna laddu thinna aasaiya getting positive reviews…. i decided to watch that film because of santhanam who can do nothing wrong at the moment…..

      SearchIndia.com Responds:

      Will definitely not see Alex Pandian or Tantex Sunniyan. Karthi is like Surya, a dandasoru (useless fellow).

      Kanna laddu thinna aasaiya is in limited release in the U.S. Nearest theatre is over 200km away.

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