Uttama Villain Review

CK Entertainments PVT LTD
Kamal Haasan
Movie Genre
Romance, Comedy
Uttama Villain Review
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It’s the story of Manoranjan (Kamal Haasan), ‘the’ superstar. Backed and managed by his father-in-law Poorna Chandra Rao (K Vishwanath), Manoranjan or Mano to friends is the reigning star till he is forced to confront a harsh reality or rather two bitter truths in his life. Having seen the ups and downs of life, Manoranjan does not take too long to accept his future and decides to do his bit before his life slips out of his control.

Off he goes to his mentor, the man who made him an actor much before he becomes a superstar, Margadarsi (K Balachander). He pleads with a reluctant Margadarsi to make a movie for him as a parting gift of sorts for himself and to his fans.

So, does Margadarsi oblige and make the memorable film of Manoranjan’s career? How does Manoranjan handle the many realities that surface in his life?

Artistes’ Performances:
Kamal Haasan, as an old Amitabh Bachchan dialogue goes, his name is enough. When one talks of Indian cinema, he is one name that requires no introduction. For Uttama Villain, he producers, writes and provides screenplay apart from playing the lead role. Well, his performance as always is flawless when it comes to the actor, though he does get a bit selfish in his other roles.

Then there are the two veteran directors, both of whom have played a very important role in moulding and taking forward the career of actor and performer Kamal Haasan. With Uttama Villain, Kamal pays his guru dakshina to directors K Balachander, his real-life mentor and K Vishwanath with whom he had done films like Sagara Sangamam and Swati Muthyam among others.

Both the directors are well into their sunset years when the film was shot (as K Balachander is no more) put in realistic performances and show that they can be as good in front of camera as they are behind camera. They bring out the nuances of their roles beautifully and it is heartening to watch both of them in the same frame, another masterstroke by Kamal Haasan to show his respect and love to them.

Then there is an ensemble cast of actors including Jayaram who plays Jacob Zacariah, Andrea Jeremiah (Dr Arpana), Urvasi (Manoranjan’s wife Vara Lakshmi), MS Bhaskar (Manoranjan’s manager Siva), Naseer (Villainous king) and last but not the least Pooja Kumar as Karpagavalli. All of them do a good job in keeping with their characters but Pooja gets the maximum screen time. Of course, Pooja tends to go overboard at places, but that probably could be due to the narrative chosen. But yes, the audiences would have surely done with a more toned down performance from her. Bhaskar is another actor who does a thoroughly convincing job from among the lot.

Technical Excellence:
The music by Ghibran in one word is different, to use the safest term. Well, it is not what the Telugu audiences are used to surely as much of the music is in keeping with the narrative style that Kamal Haasan uses to tell the story. In fact, in one bit, there is a cameo by Ghibran himself.

Cinematography is good, while the same cannot be said of editing. Despite Kamal Haasan, the film becomes tedious watching at places especially in the second half. He should have chopped off and trimmed the film further. Of course, it has been said that the film has been shortened just before release, but it could have taken a few more cuts easily.

Kamal Haasan provides the story and screenplay. He surely knows what he wanted to say, but one is left wanting more pace by the time end credits roll. As for Ramesh Arvind, it is pretty obvious that he is more of a functional director and that it is an out and out Kamal Haasan film.

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Uttama Villain Press Meet
Uttama Villain Press Meet
Uttama Villain Audio Launch
Uttama Villain Audio Launch