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13 Things You Didn’t Know About Dasavatharam
By Behindwoods News Bureau.
April 27, 2008

The genesis for Dasavatharam began with Kamal revisiting Sivaji Ganesan in Navarathari, where the thespian donned nine roles, triggering an entirely different narrative in our thespian’s fertile head, giving rise to ten roles set around the globe!

The first version of Dasavatharam

Kamal Haasan

was written in the U.S, when Kamal was shooting for Vettaiyadu Vellaiyadu

Kamal on the plot: “Synthetic bio weapons, research and analysis wing, Kulothunga’s distaste for Vedanta, and Chaos theory!”

The plot of Dasavatharam: When things start going wrong in a synthetic bio weapons lab in Washington DC, various international organizations became key players in a global cloak and dagger game. The White House, the CIA, the Indian PM’s office, environmentalists, terrorists, and other key players become part of a dangerous global hunt. Starting in the 12th century A.D. in the Chidambaram Temple complex in South India, the film will take you on a roller coaster ride across time and continents. The plot ranges form chaos theory to religious mythology to bio chemical warfare, dealing with a variety of philosophical and scientific elements all packaged into a thrill ride.

Sony BMG marks its foray into the Tamil market with Dasavatharam audio

Michael Westmore: make up effects man for First Blood, Rocky, Indian, Avai Shanmugi, does his most brilliant work here for Kamal – ten different guises, turning him into the President of the United States alone took six hours.

Joop Katana –who the devil is Joop Katana you might ask. He’s the Hollywood stunt choreographer of 2 Fast 2 Furious and Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, who has now his best work for Dasavatharam, redefining what edge of the seat thrills means.

Andy Jennings and Brian Dixon: Academy Award nominated special Fx technicians who have worked in several Hollywood films such as Ace Ventura, Mortal Kombat, Scary Movie, Exorcist: The Beginning now team up to dazzle us in Dasavatharam.

Samir Chanda: the set designer of Rang De Basanti (recreating a college campus) Guru (Bombay in the 50s’) and Kisna (the fabulous palaces) recreates – among many dazzling sets – the White House!

Mallika Sherawat plays a sexy CIA agent.

Climax of the movie takes place at the Nehru stadium

Kamal on the movie: “There is physics to karma – the several things that collide and connect us is explained just as well by chaos theory as karma. Big words apart, I have to confess the film is all about entertaining as large a cross section of the audience as possible. I think basically I am a cinema fan, and I have given you what I would like to see 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.”

Director K.S Ravikumar has the last word: “Kamal came to the screen at five and at fifty he is still here. And he will be here when he is hundred as well.”

It certainly looks like Dasavatharam does not take the aesthetics and the intelligence of the movie going public in India lightly, delivering an intelligent, racy thriller. A film bound to set a new benchmark in cinematic excellence and at the box office.

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