(Zola’s Note) “
A delightful review and retraction (equally hilarious) by friend and colleague, “Stephen Raj” ( Paulraj Velraj ).
I dug this from my archives like one goes looking for old letters in the attic.
Read on !
PART I – ‘BAS’ AVATHARAM REVIEW
“Enough, Mr. Kamal, enough, no more Avatharams, please…” could be the one line comment about the film.
The entire film is nothing but Kamal, Kamal and Kamal. Hero, villain, comedian, stuntman, heroine’s granny, passerby, bystander you name anyone and it’s Kamal.
Thank God, he gave the stripper role to Ms.Sherawat (it would have been disastrous, otherwise).
Kamal’s performance is top notch as usual.
The body language, voice modulation & expressions of each of the 10 characters are amazing. Attention to details such as differing height & build of each character is worth mentioning.
But all of Kamal’s efforts were not supported by the story line, special effects and the much hyped make-up. In half the number of characters, the make-up really sags and looks very artificial. Special effects are mediocre for this 165 Crore movie. The story moves on a very weak plot and carries many contradicting messages that our Indian movies are not very used to.
Like a magic show or circus, the film is worth watching once just to admire the passionate performance of the greatest actor of our times.
But, Mr. Kamal, definitely, this cannot be your dream project.
We are waiting for the masterpiece yet.
PART II – ‘BAS’ AVATHARAM RETURNS
I guess I was a little vocal in expressing my disappointment over the movie and in the process hurting the ‘sentiments’ of those who really enjoyed the movie. The email has spread like the ‘bio-virus’ and I am getting calls from all over the office supporting the movie.
So, I have also decided to join the club of intellectuals that admires the movie.
To solicit more membership into our club, here are some tips for those who are yet to watch the movie.
- Familiarize yourself with “Chaos Theory” & “The Butterfly Effect”. If you don’t have the time to google these concepts, here is a simple explanation. Chaotic theory says that science & technology cannot predict things over long time, because of the butterfly effect. The butterfly effect is, thus, a part of chaotic theory and tells that if a butterfly flips its wings in Africa, it couldresult in a hurricane in Texas. Remember, these concepts only talk about probability and not the absolute cause. You will see a butterfly flipping its wings twice in the movie.
- Don’t expect the film to give a message. The characters remain firm in their ideologies and do not change their positions. So you are free to imagine the causes of the events based on your value system.
- Follow the conversations in the film closely, especially Kamal’s dialogues. In important scenes, he speaks in pure Tamil which is difficult to follow (the opening scene and the climax, in particular).
With the above homework, I am sure, you will be able to better appreciate the movie.
P.S -. If you don’t understand much of the contents of this email, that’s not my fault. You know, we intellectuals do a lot of stuff like this………:)
A landmark film about a defining, stormy period in Tamilnadu’s history and NOT ONE native tamil actor in any of the main roles.
Truly Amazing !
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