After a span of two years, legendary actor Kamal Haasan is back doing what he does best, indulging himself in the world of art, trying to produce a classy cinema. Is Uttama Villain one such classic? Find out in our review.
Uttama Villain Plot:
Surprisingly, Uttama Villain is a simple film with a
simple plot made complicated with its not so great
Kamal Haasan is that typical superstar who wants more out of his
glittering yet complicated life. The answer he gets in search of
something more is an extra marital affair. The movie then revolves
around him, his emotions and the complications involved in his
Pushed to an unavoidable situation, he decides to make the best
film of his career and approaches his mentor, played by K
Balachander to direct the film of his life.
The film then treats you with a movie inside a movie(8th Century
drama flick) and narrates two stories parallely. What happens to
the movie and what does fate has in store for one of the greatest
actors of present era forms the crux of the story.
Uttama Villain is completely a performance oriented
film and most actors, if not all, have delivered their
While Kamal Haasan yet again proves why he can be arguably
called as the most gifted actor this country has ever seen, special
mention goes to Nasser who has competed with Kamal
In spite of appearing for a brief moment, the two legends, K
Balachander and Vishwanath have given their best as actors for a
Out of many female leads, two ladies who come out on top are
Parvathy(Menon) and Urvashi. While Andrea has done a decent job, Pooja Kumar's
portrayal in the 8th Century portions is not convincing enough, for
she has westernized the character.
Uttama Villain is solid when it comes to technicalities
except for its editing. With a run time of 2 hours and 51 minutes,
it tests your patience, especially in the second half before it
reaches the climax.
Cinematography by Shamdat is impressive as he has used right
tones for different time periods respectively. Angles used in the
stage drama sequences are brilliant and songs gets the much needed
Speaking about songs, Ghibran impresses with his soulful
background score which adds stability and enhances the overall
feel. His music is a great strength to lengthy and sometimes boring
drama sequences in the second half.
Screenplay has let the movie down as the entire second half
appears draggy. Having said that, the climax deserves a standing
Uttama Villain is a fitting tribute to the late K
Balachander and is a film all Kamal Haasan fans can be proud of. On
the flip side, it lacks the zest to keep everybody hooked
Check out some of the best scenes and some interesting
information in the slides below:
Kamal The Performer
In early 2013, director-producer N. Lingusamy made an official
statement confirming that Kamal Haasan had agreed to direct and
feature in a film to be produced by the production house,
One Of The Best Scene
In January 2014, noted director K. Balachander was selected to
play a pivotal role in the film and sported a beard for his
The 8th Century Drama
On 9 August 2014, Ramesh Aravind confirmed on his Twitter
account that the shooting of the film had been completed with a
song sequence which would feature in the 8th century segment of the
Kamal The Uthaman
Kamal Haasan's daughter Shruti Haasan was considered for the
role of his on screen daughter in the film but her unavailability
meant that the team chose to pick a new actress instead.
It was announced that M. Ghibran, who had worked with Kamal
Haasan in Vishwaroopam II, would compose music for the
film instead of Yuvan Shankar Raja.
Cast And Crew
Kajal Aggarwal was initially reported to have signed on to play
the lead female role though her manager later confirmed that she
was not approached and that her dates were already allotted for
Nasser The Actor
In May 2014, actor Nasser was roped in to play a supporting
role. In July 2014, director Chithra Lakshmanan joined the team to
play a small role in the film. Actress Abhirami was selected to dub
for Pooja Kumar in the film.
Filming Of Uttama Villain
In mid February 2014, the team carried out make up tests
involving Kamal Haasan in Bangalore with a photo shoot being held
with the actor. Principal photography began on 3 March
Kamal And Pooja
Scenes involving Kamal Haasan in the role of a star actor were
filmed at a shopping mall in Bangalore, with several hundred
onlookers used as extras.
Allegations of plagiarism
There was speculation that the first look of the film was
inspired by a photograph taken by French photographer Eric
Lafforgue, but Kamal Hassan rubbished the allegations by saying,
"Theyyam is more than a 1000 year old art.