Review: Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam 2 Fires Blanks

Review: Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam 2 Fires Blanks

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The long-awaited follow-up to 2014's Vishwaroopam (Hindi title: Vishwaroop 2) is an empty shell. As tiresome as the first part was exhilarating, it is an incoherent muddle that is not even middling in terms of quality. Sexagenarian superstar Kamal Haasan, also the writer and director of this bloated mess, clearly used up all his ammo in the first go. Vishwaroop 2 is left working with low-yield leftovers.

The film's numerous explosions, gunfights, ticking time bombs and verbal jousts add up to a lot of sound and fury that signify that the makers are trying far too hard to make it work. They hit a wall. Five years is a long time in a movie industry. The world has moved on, terrorism has gotten much worse, and Mission Impossible has just delivered its best instalment ever. Vishwaroop 2, hopelessly stuck in the past, is a step backwards.

It is shorn of the intrigue and mystery that surrounded the character of Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri (Kamal Haasan), a US-based Kathak guru who has a double life that the world - even his wife, Nirupama (Pooja Kumar) - better not know. This time around, there are no secrets and the ruthless RAW agent, nursing a couple of face injuries neatly dressed with designer medicated strips, is called upon to save first London and then Delhi from terrorists on the loose.

Wisam, despite the fact that his religious identity is held against him by naysayers in the s...

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