‘Vishwaroopam 2’ review: Jumbled, highly confusing and disjointed film

Watch this if you are a Kamal Haasan fan, but don’t go with too much expectations as this one’s not a patch on the first part.

Director: Kamal Haasan

Cast: Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Shekhar Kapur

Rating: **

Superstar Kamal Haasan is back on the screen with the sequel of his film Vishwaroopam which was released back in 2013, and which had ended up getting involved in a lot of controversies. The sequel begins just where the earlier film ended. RAW agent Wizam Ahmed Kashmiri (Kamal Haasan) is this time accompanied by his wife Dr Nirupama (Pooja Kumar), fellow agent Asmita (Andrea Jeremiah) and two of his seniors, including Col Jagannath (Shekhar Kapur).

They are en route to London, where they suspect terrorist Omar (Rahul Bose) is now hiding. This time the mission is to stop Omar and his followers from attacking New York. They are attacked soon after. Wizam manages to take control of the situation and it is a roller coaster ride from then on.

The film has some breath taking action sequences, that keep you on the edge of the seat, but that is clearly not enough. Neither the storyline nor the twists and turns keep you thrilled, like generally an espionage drama does. True to his earlier style, the film goes back and forth, but the sequel pales in comparison to the first part. The first part had Kamal Haasan donning three avatars to hide his identity one of which was of a delightful Kathak instructor and that added value to the story.

This part, however, has no such entertaining aspect to it. What you get is a jumbled mess as you keep guessing what’s happening. If you haven’t watched the first sequel, you will stay more confused. Also, the shoddy VFX effects leave much to be desired and makes you aware of the threadbare budget this film was made on, as compared to the earlier part.

Kamal Haasan, even though in a role that’s not age appropriate, impresses with his agility and performance. Pooja Kumar as his wife is pretty good. However, the track between her character Nirupama and Asmita (played by Jeremiah) seems forced. Jeremiah, though good in action parts, is mildly annoying otherwise. Jaideep Ahlawat, who’s back as terrorist Salim, is a treat to watch as usual, even though he doesn’t have much to do in this part.

Rahul Bose, who’s back with his role as the Al Qaida terrorist Omar Qureishi, ends up being more a comic character than a villainous one… Bose tries too hard to fit into the character yet again, making his efforts more amusing than effective. His prosthetics and hamming only make it worse. Waheeda Rehman as Wazim’s mother stuck by Alzheimer’s could have provided the missing emotional factor, but her track is introduced at the most inappropriate moment in the film.

The action sequences, especially in the climax, saves the grace for this otherwise jumbled, highly confusing and disjointed film. Also, since the sequel is releasing five years after the first part, some of the characters (including Wazim) from the first part look very different in this one. The music is soothing and fits the mood of the film.

Watch this if you are a Kamal Haasan fan and would watch anything with him in it, but don’t go with too much expectations as this one’s not a patch on the first part.

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Shubha Shetty

Shubha Shetty is the Entertainment Editor (print and digital) at Dainik Bhaskar Group.