Written by  on August 10, 2018 

1.5 stars

Mini Review:

Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri is an Indian spy who has infiltrated deep into Al Qaeda, and has helped not just finding Osama Bin Laden, but has helped rescue American soldiers, diffused a nuclear bomb in New York. If you buy this, then you’ll see him in a fistfight underwater, and hand to hand fights all over the world, diffusing more bombs and rescuing the heroine. Alas, the pace is so slow, you may fall asleep…

Main Review:

Not too long ago we watched a 56 year old Tom Cruise outrun
everything, jump into a helicopter and climb cliffs in Mission
Impossible. So you don’t think how ancient Kamal Haasan looks
when he acts out his James Bond, rescuer of the world fantasy
as Wisam Kashmiri. Or how unfortunate it is when a seasoned
actor of his calibre has to include, ‘Perhaps I am a good actor’
as a dialog in the film.

And he was superb. Once upon a time. His ‘Thakita Thadhimi’,
the drunk dance on the well in Salangai Oli is matchless, so is
his monkey dance in Sadma. When you think of ‘sad lullabye’
you cannot but list ‘Surmai Ankhiyon Se’. A list of his fabulous
performances is endless. And even though part one of
Vishwaroop won awards, this part ends up looking like a
vanity project of an aged superstar.  

To be real, he has not aged well. And even though he is shown
kicking and fighting hand to hand and maiming dozens of baddies,
it is tiring to watch him. The close-ups and love-making scene
are a bit much to watch. And yes, the fantasy of an older man
who has two young women falling all over themselves over
him is unwatchable. You wish he had simply directed this film with
a younger man in his role. When an older person attempts to
look and act young, it’s a tad weird watch.

This film uses a whole lot of footage from the earlier film to make
us understand who Wisam Kashmiri is. And the pivot point
camera movement or the Bullet Time shot, which you first saw
in The Matrix, is helpful here. It freezes the frame and you see
the action from almost everyone’s point of view. This technique
is used again and again and again until you want to fast forward
the film and say ‘get on with it’!

The action continues from where part one left off and we are
reintroduced to Wisam and co flying to England where Al
Qaeda is about to blow up a shipwreck full of World War two
bombs (in neat stacks like you saw in Wonder Woman) with
a nuclear device (‘Eh, what?’ you say) so that London drowns
in a gigantic Tsunami. They don’t call the British Authorities
because one guy they call is stuck in traffic. Stupid? Ridiculous?
What? And of course one the two women Wisam is with is a
doctor of Nuclear Medicine! She must dive in the waters to
identify and diffuse the bomb. Of course the terrorists are so
dumb that they leave the ‘audio switch’ that will set off the bomb
right above the bomb on the jetty…

If you thought the insulting game with a political stooge played
by Anant Mahadevan was terrible, the underwater fight for the
‘audio switch’ for the bomb tops it by being ridiculous. Water
(and high tide is approaching fast) restricts movement and to
see this kind of fight without displacing any sand (there’s even
a starfish!) is silly to say the least.

The action shifts to India, thankfully (the audience is tired of
token ‘foreigners’ and a visually fake backdrop of the MI6 HQ
building in Anant Mahadevan’s office window). The story gets
predictable here, with the women in Wisam’s life getting
kidnapped by Al Qaeda guys in Delhi while Wisam is waiting
for some meetings in South Block. Don’t ask why, but watch
Jaideep Ahlawat play a scary sidekick torturing Wisam’s wife
and mother with jalebis. Thankfully the other woman in Wisam’s
life his partner Ashmita (played by Andrea Jeremiah) is dead,
and the mother (played by Waheeda Rehman) has Alzheimer’s.
The nuclear medicine doctor wife (Pooja Kumar) gets to be
plain awful when she mouths dialog like,’God will punish you!’

But you are yet to see Rahul Bose of the weird eye. He is Omar,
the terrorist who first befriended Wisam and took him to
Afghanistan. He’s now suffering from radiation poisoning, so he
eats but cannot keep his food down, his voice box is affected
and so is his skin. On top of it you see super hamming. The worst
part is that he just doesn’t seem to die. He doesn’t die when he
falls off a building, by American missiles, a nuclear device, and
lives even after being shot at by the hero  He does not even die
when he gets burnt. This new age Bhishma dies only after
seeing his family in the hospital and after hearing homilies
about how as a terrorist he would have killed his own children…

And even though this is an action film, it takes effort to stay awake
through totally implausible things happening on the screen. And for
a Kamal Haasan fan, a huge disappointment to acknowledge
that vanity overtook his talent.

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