In the recent past, I don’t regret seeing any movie as badly as Dasavatharam. Skeptical about the movie after its review in TOI, but nevertheless curious to see it for all its hype, we couldn’t have felt more disappointment. For, Dasavatharam in one word is “crap” and in one phrase is “an assault on one’s sensibilities”.
There is nothing whatsoever in the story to hold together all the chasing and running. The dialogues are “loud” and ridiculous and evoke no emotion at all from the majority of the audience. The 10 roles that Kamal Hassan has chosen to play are desperate attempts to make up the number and nothing else.
While the conflict as portrayed between two sects in the 12th century may be best left to the historians to comment on the authenticity, there is no reason at all to bring it up now let alone link it to the happenings later in the movie. The methodical and careless manner in which a section of Hindus have been singled out and ridiculed in the most obnoxious and derogatory manner is becoming a sad trend in Tamil cinema that hardly appears to cease. If one expected better sense from a supposedly intelligent filmmaker and actor in Kamal, he squarely lets us down.
Asin as the loud character ever trying to possess her object of devotion exasperates the viewer and comes across as irritating and extremely loud. Some roles as I said earlier are just to add up to 10 and it shows quite obviously. A ‘bits and patches’ movie that has been knit together in a vain attempt to serve some humor and versatility on the part of the lead actor ends up with a section of the audience leaving the theatres after the movie in shocked disbelief and wondering if it is the same actor who once played unforgettable roles in movies like Nayagan and Kuruthipunal!
Music never impresses; Mallika Sherawat has just been added to provide the oomph! In all, it was 100 bucks that went down the drain!