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The 10 roles of Dasavathaaram


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Okay, this is a bit late. But Dasavathaaram hasn’t yet released; so, it isn’t too late. Clever and patient folks have managed to ‘decode’ the 10 roles of Kamal from the trailer. The trailer did seem like a puzzle. Now it has been solved by fellow fans Directhit and Madhan.


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In this age of Internet and associated tools, it’s a surprise that the makers decided to embed all the 10 roles in the trailer and not leave it for the audience to discover it on the big screen.

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Dasavathaaram: the stills keep flowing!

Here are some new stills / posters of Dasavathaaram that came out in the past couple of days. Enjoy!

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Dasavathaaram: the last hurdle cleared?

Just as a hero smashes obstacles and emerges victorious in movies, Kamal is used to doing that with controversies and cases in real life. The latest case, alleging anti-Hindu aspects in Dasavathaaram, was dismissed today, as expected. Read reports from The Hindu and Thatstamil. [Readers are encouraged to post more links regarding the same in the Comments section.]

Let’s hope that the movie will release on June 6 without any more delays and nuisances.

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Getting ready for Dasavathaaram

With Dasavathaaram pretty much set to release on June 6, publicity is everywhere. Above we have a ‘making’ video designed for the Hindi version, Dashavtar.

Vodafone (formerly Hutch) has got exclusive rights for delivering content over mobile phones.

As mentioned earlier, national Web-sites have stepped up on news related to the movie. The latest is an interview of Ravivarman, the cinematographer, on Rediff.com. Let’s look at the highlights:

I will summarise the two years of working on Dasavathaaram as going to study in the world’s best university.

Kamal Sir in ten characters! How was I going to match his talent? That was my worry. Then I started planning. I planned every minute detail about each character. I prepared a story board for the entire film.

…there were many foreigners working for the film. And when they started appreciating our work, I realised that what we are doing was as good as Hollywood.

For that one shot we spent Rs 1,50,000! And for that one song we spent Rs 20 lakhs. Throughout all this, the producer never once questioned me about the expenses.

The first day of shooting was inside a cave at the MGM amusement park in Chennai. Except for a small lamp, there was no other source of light inside the cave.

Kamal Sir would get up at 3.30 in the morning for make-up and by the time he was ready, it would be 7.30. We generally started shooting by 8.30am. By then I’d have the set ready with the correct lighting needed for that day’s make-up.

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Dasavathaaram releasing on June 6?

The question mark in the title of this post is because we can never be sure.

After a whole lot of speculation, it seems like Oscar Films has finally announced the release date as June 6. Oscar Ravichandran, exuding confidence, talks about 1000 prints for the worldwide release and thanks Kamal for the opportunity to work on such a movie. Also, he mentions that he has the practice of feeding 1000 needy children prior to every release of his. Read reports from Rediff.com, MSN, Chennai365, The Times of India and Adhikaalai.com.

Of course, we need to keep our fingers crossed that the latest case doesn’t derail this plan. But anyway Dasavathaaram seems to be truly ready, with publicity hitting top gear on national Web-sites like Rediff.com and Sify.com. The former even published a “Best of kamal” slideshow.

News about censor cuts, U certification and brisk sales have also been coming in.

[With extensive inputs from Ananth]

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Dasavathaaram: press problems & more

Kamal and Oscar Ravichandran released separate apology letters to the press last week, for the mishandling during the Dasavathaaram audio release function. KollywoodToday.com and Chennai365 published the letters (in Tamil) as is. While all that happened is not clear, it is good to see an open apology. Kamal’s letter was cryptic, distancing him slightly from the events and Ravichandran. Hope there are no more hurdles for the movie release.

[With inputs from Ananth]

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Dasavathaaram: anti-Hindu case update

The case against Dasavathaaram by the self-proclaimed protectors of Hinduism came up for hearing last week and will continue on Tuesday, May 20. Director KS Ravikumar put forth his response refuting the allegations. Additionally, an official of the Censor Board too provided support.

News that came out indirectly is that the release date for the movie has not yet been fixed.

Read reports from The Hindu, Behindwoods, Thatstamil, Dinamalar and TamilCinema.com.

Meanwhile, the makers seem very confident of having the case dismissed.

[With inputs from Ananth]

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

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More Kamal, more Dasavathaaram

Here are two more interviews of Kamal, done as part of Dasavathaaram publicity. Sample some excerpts before enjoying the whole interviews at DNA and BusinessOfCinema.com.

I have spent 500 hours doing make up itself and it takes a lot of perseverance and belief in what you are doing to keep doing it. If I spent that much time inside a cockpit I would be a successful commercial pilot.

“I can alter my life, you can’t! You can criticise it, comment on it, but you can’t change it. That is a great advantage to have.”

“…There is a downside to everything. If we take ourselves too seriously, we actors will definitely need a psychiatrist.”

“…I make sure that I get my privacy. I demand it and sometimes I steal it. It is sometimes taken for granted, but I maintain that my privacy is nobody’s business.”

“…Spirituality makes you rest, makes you content. I will only settle down when I am in a coffin, under the earth or inside the fire. Till then I will keep myself active and alive…”

“…I think every actor has a responsibility. One cannot say I am an actor, I will do my job and not care about what’s happening in the country.”

From the perspective of international standards, money and talent is being invested in the right direction and I feel that in two years from now nothing called Bollywood will exist.

[With input from Ananth]

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Dasavathaaram news, interviews

Sify.com published a write-up on Dasavathaaram, which seemed to have been written by Kamal himself. It talks about make-up, screenplay, music, etc. Excerpts:

We started with just 25 days for the first schedule of the film, which had no shooting, no acting. It was just for the make-up tests. 25 days in the US. 20 days, 12 hours a day, and then 5 days of taking photographs. When we came back with the photographs, people believed more in Dasavatharam, including the producer, the director and myself. Till date nobody outside of the unit has seen any of these photographs.

Synthetic bio-weapons, research and analysis wing, Kulothunga II’s distaste for Vedanta and the Chaos theory!

Yes. Said in one sentence the above sounds pedantic and pompous. But embedded into a screenplay it makes for a racy read.

…about the chaos theory and how we are all connected as a world. None of your acts or mine will go without an effect.

It’s like as if one act, collides with another. It’s almost like particle physics if you look at it. One object crashing onto another producing something else which could tell the story of how all things came to be.

I think, basically I am a cinema fan. And I have given you what I would like to see as 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. And why you should watch the film, because we worked so hard for you, that’s one good reason why.

KS Ravikumar reveals some details in an interview to The New Indian Express.

The movie is complete but for the frames of the tsunami, which are being done in Hong Kong. “But the music that was out a week ago is doing very good. My pick is Ulaga Naayagane”, Ravikumar reveals.

“But for Kamal Haasan, the hardest role, I think, would be the role of Fletcher that he plays in the movie. Shooting the grandmother role and the tall man’s role was most challenging for me”, he adds.

“If I do movies as big as this, I can only do four Dasavathaarams for the rest of my life”, he jokingly states. And not all producers would be open to doing big budget movies as this”, he reasons.

Here’s a short interview of Kamal in The Times of India. Highlights:

I used to spend five hours only in makeup. What was interesting is that I have started respecting women more after that.

I know Dasavatharam is going to be a hit. I can’t say how big. I know I sound pompous by saying that, but we have got a U certificate for the film, which will be enjoyed by all age groups.

I feel film promotion has become extremely important and I don’t think it’s new. That has always been the trend. The loudest seller in a bazaar attracts attention. I have always felt that the loudest crying child gets the milk.

Let’s look at another article in The Times of India. It mentions that Kamal has won 175 awards till date! Here’s a quote:

The actor, who is a fan of Marlon Brando and Peter Sellers, says the strength of his performances lies in his ability to do his job “very honestly”. “I’m a true Gandhian in that respect; I believe that if you are honest to whatever you do, name, fame and accolades will automatically find you,” he says seriously.

Ravivarman, the cinematographer, too had things to say to The Hindu.

“List 10 of the best action films of Hollywood, and ‘Dasavathaaram’ would easily match them in quality,” says Ravivarman.

“I don’t think I can work on such a mammoth project again. I could go into depression or have my pressure levels touch dangerous levels,” laughs Ravivarman.

There was this car chase which included a helicopter, with Kamal Haasan at the helm of the sequence. It was shot at night in Florida. “Ideally, the entire city ought to have been lighted up for it. But as it couldn’t be done, I went ahead with the available lighting. It was all dark when I looked through the lens. But experience told me we would get the required effect. They were anxious moments, because if the effort had gone awry re-shooting the portion would have been impossible,” recalls Ravi.

Another piece of news that has been doing the rounds is the names of the 10 characters. Here is the list from IndiaGlitz, Galatta.com and Adhikaalai.com.

IndiaGlitz also came up with a ‘preview’.

[With inputs from Ananth]

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

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Dasavathaaram: useless religious controversy!

Just as we were rejoicing the audio / trailer launch and waiting eagerly for Dasavathaaram comes the dampener. Minor and insignificant political organizations continue the dangerous and irritating trend in India of gaining publicity at the sake of big movies. Of course, Kamal has been a favourite target due to his non-conformist / controversial ideas. One is worried about the negative publicity affecting the movie, similar to the ‘anti-Gandhi’ charges preceding Hey Ram

The matter has already reached the court! Here is the extensive media mileage derived by VHP, Hindu Munnani and other outfits that have sprung out of the blue: Behindwoods 1 | Thatstamil 1 | ChennaiOnline | MSN | Thatstamil 2 | IndiaGlitz | Buzz18 | Dinamalar | Dinathanthi | Behindwoods 2 | News Today | Webdunia.

As if politico-religious folks aren’t doing enough, we have undue criticism even in the blogosphere, without even the movie being released!

[With extensive inputs from Ananth]

[Picture courtesy: BehindWoods]

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