looking beyond that one person who posted the comment
there is a realization that too little or nothing has
been said about Ravikumar’s contribution to Dasavatharam.
True, the film is entirely Kamal’s labor of love,
his baby, but Ravikumar had a prominent role in nurturing
it. Sadly, his contribution seems to have gone largely
unnoticed. The media on the whole has been divided in
its opinion on Dasavatharam. Some have seen it as a
pioneering attempt by a genius while others have felt
that the movie is a technical fest that did not hold
much water in its script. Well, those are things that
have been debated upon to death, the point here is that
almost every kind of critic- exalting, positive, negative
and confounding- have chosen to make no mention of K.S.
Ravikumar. All the aspects of the movie, good or bad,
have been attributed to Kamal. What more, even the work
of Brian Jennings (stunts) and Michael Westmore (make
up) has been acknowledged, KSR has been overlooked.
Now, if the director had been a lesser known name with
a fewer number of hits behind him, the tendency to overlook
him would have been acceptable. But KSR isn’t
a nobody in Tamil cinema; it wouldn’t be inappropriate
to call him one of the most commercially successful
directors. No one has a better judgment of the audiences’
pulse as this man does and that is exactly why he was
part of the Dasavatharam team. Dasavatharam did not
tell a regular commercial story. It is a nearly 3 hour
long road chase which tries to explain chaos theory
and put across several messages. It is a complex narrative
that requires expert handling. Yes, Kamal did write
the script, but writing a script is one thing and executing
it is another. It is fluent execution of a script at
rapid speed that is KSR’s forte and he was bang
on for Dasavatharam too. To show concepts such as the
chaos theory, randomness, the butterfly effect and biological
warfare at levels that even a layman can grasp and enjoy
was the biggest challenge of Dasavatharam and KSR was
the man who faced it. He made things look simple.
KSR is not a director who is known for his technical
finesse or grand picturisation. He is known for his
abilities to make the masses happy and he brought that
to Dasavatharam. Yes, Dasavatharam is entirely Kamal’s
movie but it would be unfair if the contribution of
Tamil cinema’s commercial king is overlooked.
K.S. Ravikumar directed Dasavatharam and richly deserves
recognition from anyone who loves cinema, even if it
is belated. We got carried away with Kamal’s genius
and forgot to appreciate the director’s skill,
let’s do it now. Let’s hear it for KSR who
has since moved on to Jaggubhai.
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