Film Review : Vishwaroopam


Kamal Hassan’s Vishwaroopam created a *dream* buzz much before it released. I have not seen the film as yet but after reading the review on perhaps now I will make an effort to watch it. If you have seen the film…do give us your 2 or 10 bit?

Finally, when Kamal’s magnum opus, Vishwaroopam, managed to see the light of day in Tamil Nadu, his fans thronged the theatres to watch this much-awaited and controversy-stricken film. While there will likely be a continuing debate on the movie’s representation of a particular religious community, it would not be surprising if those same critics ignore the movie’s problematic portrayal of another minority, i.e. of those of us who are marginalized because of our sexual orientations and gender identities. Vishwaroopam, apart from being totally one-sided in its pro-American troops story line, offers a misguided and damaging portrayal of queerness through its denigration of male effeminacy and putative homosexuality.

Vishwaroopam: a queer critique

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