Direction : Ramesh Aravind
Production : Thirrupathi Brothers
Starring : Kamal Haasan, Jayaram, Urvashi, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Parvathy
Music : M. Ghibran
Cinematography : Shamdat
Editing : Vijay Shankar
Superlative dreams, magniloquent thoughts and what else? Brimming up his senses with some phenomenal excellence, Kamal Haasan strikes a spectacularly unusual show in his every film. Uttama Villain is one such film that has its best course of unparalleled essence with a bittersweet drama.
With the behest of fate laying its course, the melancholic moment of a superstar whose life would be soon doomed into graves wants to make his remaining days blissful. Reconciling with his family, mentor and everyone around him, he brings forth peace and laughter with entertaining teaming up with his mentor as he breathes his last.
Personally, everyone could relate up certain sequences in the film with more close-to-heart moments. The scene where Kamal Haasan reveals his devastating fate to his son that he has got Brain Tumour, there’s no way that your eyes say no to ‘tears’. You would obviously have the wrenching hearts up and similarly, the climax portion takes away all your energies and enthusiasms into joyful tears. That’s a perfect way to illustrate ‘An artist’s life ends physically, but remain immortally alive for ages’. The film actually follows the Hollywood pattern of narration, which cannot be diversified as first and second halves, but as ‘3 Acts’. If you’re precisely looking up if these three phases are very well generated, Act 1 and final chapters are at its best, but what comes during the interim is slightly mediocre. The basic problem is the genre of movie Kamal Haasan and his mentor late filmmaker K. Balachandar decides to make. Kamal actually says, “Let the pain of death remain in me, but let us make the audience laugh with a comedy.” If then, the folklore theme doesn’t actually make us laugh. Ghibran’s musical score is extraordinary in background score and his climax act of ‘Iranian Nadagam’ is remarkable. Yet another minus of this film is Andrea Jeremiah’s characterisation is the weakest link.
No words! Kamal Haasan reaches beyond skies with his performance and if we have to bring out the illustrations or instances, it should be the listing of every scene in the movie. Andrea Jeremiah’s characterisation is so unconventionally bleak, but her performance is extraordinary. Parvathi Menon gets minimal importance, but has beautifully essayed her role. Pooja Kumar looks too aged and she doesn’t engage you either with her looks nor her performance. MS Bhaskar is extraordinary. KB sir looks immortal through the frames and except for his overdose praises for Kamal, he is fine. K Viswanath is colossal. Urvasi is good. Jayaram is okay. Nasser appears mostly in drama in portions and takes sleepwalk.
1. Kamal Haasan as actor and dialogue writer
2. Emotional scenes
3. Lump in throat climax that blends ‘Iranian Nadagam’ and hospital sequence.
4. Musical score by Ghibran
What doesn’t work
1. Amateur sequences of comedy in period film portions
2. Andrea Jeremiah’s character
3. Length is not a problem. But non-synchronous sequences hamper the impact.
Had the film been trimmed crisp to 2hrs plus 10-15 minutes deleting the unwanted period film portions and more prominence was given to the emotional connection between the Superstar and others, with Andrea Jeremiah’s characterisation slightly modified in good shades, Uttama Villain would have been a brilliant masterpiece.
Verdict: Brilliant theme, awe-inspiring performance but lacks something.
Rating : 5/10
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