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Starring: Kamal Haasan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat, Jayapradha

Director: K S Ravikumar

Music Director: Himesh Reshammiya

Producer: Oscar Ravichandran

Release Date: 13th Jun, 08

There were a few Sachin Tendulkar fans during the 1999 World Cup who held the big banner that read ‘Cricket is our religion, Sachin is our God.’ The caption caught on quite well among Sachin fans worldwide and was seen for quite some time. Now what is this caption doing in the Dasavatharam preview? Well, the thought occurs if cinema was religion instead of cricket, then who would have been God? We know that some of Kamal’s fans refer to their Thalaivar as Aalwarpettai Aandavar and yes, if cinema was a religion, Padmasree Dr. Kamal Haasan would certainly be God.

You might feel that this might be premature elation considering that Dasavatharam is still a good three days away from theaters. But take a look at what has gone into the making of the movie and you will realize that just the effort and nothing else is worth celebrating.

One man doing 11 roles, 10 on screen and one off it (as scriptwriter) is a first in the history of world cinema. You have heard a lot about the story, probably more than what you have about any film before its release. A story that spans 9 centuries and takes you across the globe on a big adventure and on a canvas so big that Indian cinema, maybe world cinema, has never witnessed. Here’s a look at just how big Dasavatharam is.

Dasavatharam – the cast:

One Kamal Haasan in the cast is good enough to make a movie more than interesting, here we have 10 Kamals in one movie- the

experience will be something special. Then there is Asin in the biggest role of her career. Yes, the young lady has already proved her mettle but this time she is rubbing shoulders with a legend in every sense of the word. Mallika Sherawath as the CIA agent, Napolean as Kulothunga Sozhan, Jayapradha and others.

Dasavatharam- the technology:

Everything associated with the movie has been given extraordinary care and no one but the best in the world have been involved with the movie at each stage. Take for instance Andy Dixon, the world renowned stunt choreographer who has to his credit films like Transporter 2. He is the man behind the reportedly huge stunt sequences. Michael Westmore, who transformed Jim Carrey into The Mask, is the one who has handled the make up department. Six hours a day for Kamal is what was spent only on make up to get the right look for one of the characters and it was 4 hours for Napolean. The levels of perfection can only be imagined. The visual effects, too, had an expert from Hollywood handling matters: Brayn M Jennings, an Oscar nominee.

Dasavatharam- the research

When there is history and mythology involved you never want to take chances because you never know who you might end up hurting, and some people derive acute pleasure by feeling that they have been hurt and create a lot of trouble. Dasavatharam did not want any of this and so brought in the top brains of the country in history from IIT, Tanjore University etc. and made sure that the script is foolproof.

Dasavatharam- the firsts:

• The first film to feature on actor in 10 roles (you already know that)
• The first film to shoot an Indian metropolis landscape from a helicopter
• The first Indian film to use a huge man-erected water reservoir (5 acres) for shooting (probably the Tsunami scene)
• And much more……

There have also been reports that the movie includes a yet undisclosed clip of the 2004 Tsunami that was captured with a handycam by an individual in Indonesia.

The technicians are world-class but the man who coordinates them all, is the captain, the director-K.S.Ravikumar. He is the master of entertaining cinema, always hitting the right chord with audience. To put it simply, he is a genius who has his hand on the pulse of the people and that’s why his films rarely fail and when equipped with a Kamal script and provided with a team that is nothing less than the best in the world, he can work wonders.

But who made this dream come true. The vision was Kamal’s, the execution was KSR’s and the team with him was fantastic, but without Aascar Ravichandran, things might have been a lot more difficult. Shooting in more than 10 locations in India, USA, Singapore etc., getting the best technicians in the world, having complete faith in the makers’ dream and warding off all troubles that keep coming when something so big is made, Aascar has been the perfect producer.

And, even when it comes to the release, Aascar is proving once again why it is one of the biggest names in South Indian cinema. 1000 prints overall, an overseas release that could give jitters to even a Hollywood film and publicity that no one can miss. Dasavatharam is as much Aascar’s dream as it is Kamal’s.

Dasavatharam is a team effort, a team of professionals who loved cinema and shared a dream. The dream unfolds on screen in a few days. Indian cinema will be done proud.

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