Sat 14 Jun 2008
Cast: Kamal Haasan, Napolean, Chandran Bharathi, M.S. Baskar, Asin, Mallika Sherawat, Jayapradha
Banner: Oscar Films Pvt. Ltd
Producer: V. Ravichandran
Director: K.S. Ravikumar
Music: Himesh Reshammiya
Cinematography: Ravi Verman
Editor: K. Thanika Chalam, Ashmith Kunder
Art: Prabakar, Samir Chanda
Stunts: ( India ) Thiyagarajan, Kanal Kannan
PRO Nikil Murugan
Dasavatharam’ is one of the most awaited films of the year. Film fanatics are waiting with baited breathe for the film to release. Here’s bringing to you a prelude to what is in store. It is known and sundry that ‘Dasavatharam’ is a mega film surely posing tough competition to all the movies released so far in the field of technicality and aesthetics. And why not, when you are going to witness on screen something that you have never seen before.
It’s a Kamal Haasan film all the way, with his avatar that will stun the audience and critics alike. He is a spell-binding performer but playing ten different uniquely etched characters will surely be a challenge for him. And with his versatile acting scale he is certain to breathe life into each of the characters. Kamal Haasan tells about the film, “I think, basically I am a cinema fan. And I have given you what I would like to see as a sensible cinema fan. So, I think your intelligence will not be insulted, your time will not be wasted, and you will really enjoy this film.”
K.S. Ravi Kumar has directed the film on the scripts of Kamal Hassan. The director quotes, “The audience expects a lot from this movie and it has come out well enough to live up to that.” Asin and Mallika Sherawat are the two actresses and Jaya Pradha has put upwith a special appearance. Thotta Tharani does the art direction.
The film has two music composers. Himesh Reshamiya sets to score some catchy tracks for the film. Devi Sri Prasad handles the background score.
The film is a heady roller-coaster ride across time and continents. It begins from 12th Century AD at the Chidambaram temple complex in South India. In an intriguing screenplay, the chaos theory and chain of multiple events have been weaved for a thrilling narrative. The main plot is about things going wrong in a synthetic bio-weapons laboratory in Washington DC, various international organizations become players in a global cloak-and-dagger game. The Whitehouse and CIA in the USA, P.M.’s office in India, environmentalists, terrorist organizations and various others congregate to become part of a global hunt.
Dr. Kamal Haasan has done an arduous task playing the 10 different characters, which is one of its kind attempts by the actor. The film will certainly set a new yardstick in cinematic excellence. With the essential ingredients like élan and humor laced with the thrilling story, a box office glory is already in hand!
K.S. Ravikumar’s grand venture Dasavatharam features Kamal Haasan in ten different characters; Asin in the female lead, plays a dual role.
One of Kamal’s characters takes us back to the 12th century. Ranga Raja Nambi role is played by Kamal Haasan and Kulotungan by Napolean. The whole shoot was completed in Chidambaram and they used as many as two dozen elephants and horses.
His next character is a scientist. The research centre where he works is set up in America where they got permission with great difficulty.
Eight out of the ten characters have been completed.
Mallika Sherawat is also featured opposite Kamal Haasan in a song sequence along with twenty other american beauties. They have used 80 cranes for the shoot. The whole song sequence was shot in Malaysia and there had to be huge security to control Kamal’s fans in Malaysia .
The shoot on MAS Cargo 747 jet was a top secret, and make-up artist Mosher ha d done such an excellent job that only after the shoot ¸ when he removed the make-up did the fans realize that it was Kamal Haasan.
Oscar Ravi Chandran has said that this movie will definitely have a special place in the archives of Tamil movies.
Cinematographer Ravi Verman says t hat working with the team of Dasavatharam was like studying in a new institution.
Kamal Hassan don’t do different things. He always do things in a different way. Perhaps this could be the success formula for this evergreen actor, who is conquering the hearts and minds of Tamil speaking people all over the world. His forthcoming magnum opus, Dasavatharam, which is directed by K. S. Ravikumar had already created enough hype which is almost equal to that of Superstar Rajinikanth starrer Sivaji.
The movie features Kamal in ten different roles and Asin in two roles, apart from Mallika Sherawat and Jayaprada in the lead roles with Napolean, M. S. Baskar, Santhana Bharathi and Ravikumar himself in other pivotal roles. The movie upon release will be subsequently dubbed into six Indian languages, which are Hindi language|Hindi]], Telugu language, Malayalam, Kannada, Bhojpuri and Bengali with the same title. The film’s score and soundtrack was written by acclaimed composer, Himesh Reshammiya, with lyrics from two lyricists. The film, prior to release, has given rise to great expectations due to the number of high-profile artists involved within its creation. At the present status of progress, the film is still being shot in various locations and a trailer is being readied. The date set for release worldwide, after several postponements, is 15 August, 2007.
Hollywood make-up artist Michael Westmore does the make-ups for Kamal Haasan in the film. Currently confirmed roles of Kamal Haasan in the film are a 130 year old man, an old spiritual woman, a beautiful young lady and a rural tourist guide named Udhar Mani. He also plays the role of acting like a 7feet tall man which was filmed using modern technology. Dasavatharam is a term used in Hindu mythology to depict the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Kamal plays 10 characters in this film, most number of characters played by a single actor in a single film ever till date!