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Vishwaroopam II movie review: Kamal Haasan’s espionage drama fails to deliver any thrills despite a decent story

Vishwaroopam II movie review: Kamal Haasan’s espionage drama fails to deliver any thrills despite a decent story
10 Aug
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Kamal Haasan‘s Vishwaroopam 2 hits the theatres today. The film has parts of Wisam Ahmad’s (Kamal Haasan) past history and how he finally manages to finish off his arch enemy, the dreaded Omar Qureshi. The film is shot in London and New Delhi. The second film comes five years after the release of the first one, which created a lot of controversies. The first one was well-received by the critics so we were eager to see what this one has in store. Moreover, it has Kamal Haasan and he is one exciting artiste. The genre spy thriller is also appealing as few good films are made in this bracket. Here is our review…

What it is about

Wisam Ahmad (Kamal Haasan) is suffering from trauma after his exploits with the Taliban but he is back in service. He is not alone. His wife, Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) has become an able assistant and there is Ashmita (Andrea Jeremiah). The story starts in London where he prevents a huge terror attack but has to tackle Omar Qureshi who though ill has not lost his ‘Junoon’ to finish off traitors and hates Wisam for killing off his family after gaining his trust. (Also read: Kamal Haasan: Not that I am Nostradamus but I had foretold the death of Osama Bin Laden while writing the script of Vishwaroopam II)

What is hot…

Vishwaroopam 2 is decent when it comes to the details of how espionage is actually carried off. The writing is above average and the pace is perfect for a thriller. Performance wise, Kamal Haasan leads the way and the other actor who leaves quite an impression is Jaideep Ahlawat as Salim. It has two songs but the one between Kamal – Pooja is unnecessary. There is none of the jingoism that creeps in most nationalistic films, which is a relief. The two women in the film get a lot of respect from the leading man for being capable in their own right. That’s nice.

What’s not…

The biggest problem of the film is that it lacks moments which give you a real high. Also, there is a lot of flashback in the film, which makes it confusing for someone who has not watched the first film. Vishwaroopam 2 shifts back and forth and the narrative is not very smooth. The action, mortal combat scenes are good but the VFX is quite shoddy. Andrea Jeremiah and Kamal’s banter gets on your nerves after a point of time. Pooja is good in the romantic scenes but falls flat in the emotional ones. The love-making sequence looks forced and was totally unnecessary. (Also read: BL Predicts: Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroop II collections will totally depend upon word of mouth)

Verdict

For someone who does not know how espionage actually operates, Vishwaroopam 2 is fairly engaging stuff. The London portion has a bit of history infused in it, which is genuinely interesting. However, the film is flat and fails to excite as much as we hoped it would.

Rating: 2 out of 52 Star Rating

Reviewed by Urmimala Banerjee

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