Kamal’s perfect 10

Kamal Hassan during a news conference to promote his latest release Dasavathaaram.
Kamal Hassan during a news conference to promote his latest release Dasavathaaram. Photo Reuters

Kamal Hassan’s magnum opus Dasavathaaram, featuring the superstar in 10 roles, is the costliest-ever movie in India. Made with a colossal budget of nearly Rs 65 crore, the film was released after a long legal battle. The Tamil film was also released in Telugu and Hindi.

Kamal Hassan’s fans made a beeline to many cinemas and celebrated the release by pouring milk on his cut outs and posters and performing aarti.

From a Vaishnavite priest to US President George W Bush, the actor essays 10 different roles. The film was in the making for a little over two years. The new release comes two years after Kamal’s last action flick Vettayadu Vilayadu. US President George Bush is also being shown the film at a convenient date in the White House. The film also stars Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat and Hasin and veteran actress Jayaprada.

The special affects are by Hollywood’s Brian Jennings of Exorcist fame. Kamal Hassan emulates the previous best of nine by late Sivaji Ganesan in a 1960s film Navarathri and eight by Hollywood actor Sir Alec Guinness in a film in the late 1940s.

Kamal is hailed as ‘ulaganayakan’ (universal actor) by his fans. K.S. Ravikumar has directed the movie that has been in the making for the last two years.

The film is Kamal Hassan’s most ambitious project so far. Besides acting in the film, he also wrote the story, screenplay and the dialogues. Bollywood composer-turned-actor Himesh Reshammiya has scored the music for the film, his first ever for a Tamil production.

In April, Hollywood action superstar Jackie Chan was especially flown to India for the film’s music release. — Agencies