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Yes,Viswaroopam film made by Kamal Hassan hurts.
But not the way one hurts by ridiculing A Region or a Community, specifically Muslims.
I, as a Hindu, am hurt that it was Nathuram Godse, a Hindu, Killed Gandhiji.
I am ashamed and humiliated as a Hindu beyond words, when a few charlatans,criminals like Nithyananda, Premananda and many more Anandas and self styled Gurus sully my great Religion.
Similarly , imagining myself a Muslim, I was hurt when a Fanatic jihadi prevents his wife from being treated by a Doctor, or when he is in turmoil when he forbids son to learn English or becoming a Doctor.
Or when he shows his inner conflict between a committed path, which he feels is not correct but unable to shake off !
“I do this for Him! Why is h punishing me!
Any human being will be torn asunder by this crisis of identity when you know your Religion teaches Brotherhood and peace but by zealots has been turned into a fanatic Cult.
You can’t revolt,You can’t get out of it, such is your faith.
But, as a Human being you know you are wrong and are powerless to prevent it.
This is exactly what I felt as I watched the Film Viswaroopam.
The rigorous training, the discipline, sublime indifference to Human values- to what depths a zealot can a Great religion and in the process create a crisis of faith for Millions!
But insult to Islam or Muslims NO.
“what,Me? illicit affair, Not now’
what about future”
You mean Sex, So what, it may not rain In US”
(an allusion to Tirukkural on Chastity(I f a Chaste woman,though not worshiping God ,worships her Husband,Heaven’s will open up and rain if she were to order so’
(தெய்வம் தொழால் கொழுனற் தொழுதெழுவாள் பெய்யெனப் பெய்யும் மழை)
Or Kamal Hassan offers a chicken piece to a Brahmin girl first and telling her ‘Paappathi( a crude slang for a Brahmin woman), you taste it first”
or ‘ we dump Gods only in the sea”
Hindus could have taken objections to it.
I repeat, there is No Slur either on Islam or Muslims.
It is an ordinary Arjun, Vijayakanth story polished on a Grand scale.
Story of a Raw officer tracking terrorists and defusing a Dirty Bomb in New York City.
Why FBI should ask RAW to do it is a mystery!
But enormous research has gone into details including Afghan scenes,Jihadis training,their methods of killing.
Acting wise there is no scope for an actor of Kamal’s caliber sans the scene where he essays the Natya Bhavas in a dance sequence.
Even here age tells.
Other characters are set properties.
Editing ,Photography, Stunt sequences are top class in that order.
The weakness is screen play and there seems to be no definite idea as what the film is about, Is it a Crime thriller or a tussle or crisis of faith or plain human story, there is a bit of all, but none too clear.
A Shankar would have made it an entertainer or a Manirathnam would have it a Human Drama with a patriotic touch.
The Film is as clear as Kamal Hassan’s Public speeches in Tamil!
If, as I was telling my son while driving down, after Kamal hangs up his boots, one were asked to list Kamal Hassan’s Films, this film not find a place in the list.
If you are a loyal Kamal fan, don’t expect Kamal Hassan in this film, see it any way for his industriousness and his supreme confidence in the medium and his Art.
- Kamal’s Viswaroopam Details of The Controversy (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
- Viswaroopam,”Could Have Banned “Facts By Jayalalithaa (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
- Islam Restored……By Kamal Haasan. Spare Us (ramanan50.wordpress.com)
Some of us have been told stories when we were kids, that babies were brought to their parents by storks with extra-strong beaks. But have you ever wondered where these babies come from? Watch the clip above to find out. Parents are going to have to tell a different story now, when it comes to the birds and the bees…or in this case, the clouds and the storks.
This short film comes with a moral lesson – don’t judge a book by its cover. Created by Fabrice O. Jubert, an animator who used to work at DreamWorks, French Roast is about a high-class businessman who forgot his wallet while having coffee at a fancy coffee shop. To buy him time in finding a solution without getting embarrassed, he keeps on ordering coffee. As the day (and the coffee) goes on, our protagonist meets some characters in the film who eventually help him out of his predicament. French Roast was also nominated for Best Animated Short Film in the 2009 Academy Awards.
How far would you go for love? Oktapodi is a French short film that shows us how two octopuses overcome a series of comical events to stay with each other, and get away from the clutches of the restaurant delivery guy. Take a look at how true love can overcome the odds – especially when you’re also in danger of ending up as someone’s dinner.
Oktapodi started out as a Graduate Student Project. It has won several awards and a nomination for Best Animated Short Film in the Academy Awards.
Many of us are probably familiar with this one. I myself have been seeing this animation a lot when I go to the TV section in the Department Store. Geri, our main character in the film plays chess against himself one autumn day at the park. So how do you actually win in a game of chess against yourself? Watch to find out.
This short film won Best Animated Short film at the 1997 Academy Awards. And oh, a little trivia here: Geri appears on Toy Story 2 as the guy who fixed up Woody.
I’m sure many people can relate to this short film – myself certainly included. Ever tried setting up your alarm at several times to make sure that you wake up on time? Our main character here takes it to different level as he sets up several alarm clocks instead. And not just in his bedroom, he’s got alarm clocks all over the house!
Created by Mesai, and independent animation team in Korea with director Moo-hyun Jang, watch the video to get an idea of how you look in the morning when you “fight” with your alarm clock. Well, it’s not really the waking up part that’s hard isn’t it? It’s getting up that we always struggle with.
It’s not just the tunes, it’s Marley’s subtle charisma that sells this film. His impact on the world was bigger than music alone and in this film we see a clear reflection of the good and bad sides.
In Chile‘s Atacama Desert astronomers search the desert sky for the meaning of the universe. But while they look up others look down. Every day a group of determined women sift through these same sands trying to find what is left of their loved ones, the men killed, burned and dumped right there by Pinochet‘s regime.
Yeah, sorry about this, but as we said, we thought we’d smuggle in a couple more not-to-miss names…
Climate change without Greenpeace and other lentil-eaters. Instead, Jon Shenk‘s doc profiles the now ousted President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man with balls of steel who confronts a problem greater than any other world leader ever has.
If you ever get a daughter who dares say the phrase “I want to be a model,” this is the film to stick on. It details how the brutal modelling industry grooms vulnerable young Russian girls to work in Japan. Don’t expect sexy poses and pouting lips but think more in the lines of depression and exploitation.
An unstoppable volunteer coach with a no-nonsense attitude is in charge of one of the most unruly sets of high school football players ever. The team has one chance to transform their luck, and with it their future, but will they take it? Aside from personal struggles, victories and losses, this Oscar-winner shows what happens to youth when there are no jobs or future prospects in sight and could easily have been set in Tottenham instead of Memphis.
As The Wire’s David Simon says in the film: “The drug war is a holocaust in slow motion,” and after seeing this film you can’t deny this fact. Is the war on drugs really working? No. So why are we continuing with it?
Rajnikanth, The Super Star, a phenomenon is turning 63 on 12 /12/12
There have been many Stars and Superstars.
Yet the craze and adulation for this humble Conductor from Karnataka is unparalleled.
He may not be good Actor ,not even good-looking with very dark complexion and small eyes.
yet the Man looms large over the others.
But what makes the Man tick?
Is it his love of acting,humility or his clever choice of subjects for his Films or his very uncommon trait of understanding his weakness?
I believe it is a combination of all these.
Yet his humility and the trait of not forgetting his roots and the path he traveled makes him connect to people.
Kamal Hassan whom I happened to know in his younger days(moot point whether he will remember people) is an actor of some substance and has mass following.
Yet it can not match Rajni.
Rajni does not bother about his image , while Kamal does.
Rajni is Humane , Kamal Clever.
Kamal pontificates, Rajni connects.
Rajni lives with us in the Real world while Kamal Hassan orbits in the tinsel world.
Rajni cloaks his Wisdom under the hood of an Ignoramus, Kamal does the opposite.
Kamal speaks what the audience what the audience wants to hear while Rajni communicates with himself in Public.
Rajinikanth (born 12 December 1950 as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad) is an Indian film actor,media personality, and cultural icon. He made his debut as an actor in the National Film Award–winning Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander, whom the actor considers his mentor.
After a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films, he gradually rose to become an established film actor. Within a few years, he was acclaimed as the superstarof Tamil cinema and continues to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of India. His mannerisms and stylised delivery of dialogue in films contribute to his mass popularity and appeal. After being paid 26 crore (US$5.9 million) for his role in Sivaji(2007), he became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. He was one of the most influential actors in the film industry due to his overwhelming back-driven influence onpolitics in Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth has worked in over 150 films across various film industries of India. He has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. He was bestowed the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour in 2000. Other than acting, Rajinikanth has also worked as a producer and screenwriter.