(STATUTORY WARNING: THIS ARTICLE IS INJURIOUS TO THE PSYCHE OF KAMAL FANS)
Dasavataram, which released recently, is purported to be based on Chaos Theory & its Butterfly Effect. The concept, as I understand it, is supposed to be this: seemingly unrelated & unconnected incidents happening at different places & even different points of time, are unknowingly (to us) connected.
Now, let us see how Dasavataram has become a victim of this Chaos Theory, by re-counting some of the real-life incidents starting from the one incident which caused the Butterfly Effect.
The Chaos Theory & its Butterfly Effect might have started in a press conference that happened on August 19, 2005, in Ragavendra Mandapam in Chennai, wherein Thalaivar Rajinikant announced to media persons that he is going to act in his next movie which will be produced by AVM Productions and directed by Shankar, which was later christened as Sivaji - The BOSS.
I think that announcement about Rajini-Shankar dream combo & the fabulous reaction it generated among the masses and the media & internet was the TRIGGER POINT or BUTTERFLY EFFECT which ultimately resulted in the Kamal movie Dasavataram being declared as bombed at the box office now.
Please read along the following chronological events, which will explain this theory:
1. Sivaji announcement with Rajini-Shankar dream combo happens.
2. Media going ga-ga with Rajini & Sivaji news, cover stories, etc.
3. Sivaji mania grips the entire media in TN & internet for months on end thus sidelining all other actors & their projects.
4. Perturbed by this, and in order to grab the attention of the media away from Sivaji & Rajini and towards himself, actor Kamal thinks of a way to upstage Rajini. He concludes that the only way to grab more attention or at least some attention to be drawn his way was for himself to don 10 roles in his next film.
5. So, Kamal announces Dasavataram project with the USP of himself playing 10 different characters in it - one-up on thespian Sivaji's 9 role Navaratri & one-up-manship on Sivaji-The Boss.
6. Kamal also takes up 3 more roles - that of Story, Screenplay and Dialogues writer of Dasavataram - in order to control all his characters & how & for how long they appear in the movie.
7. In his single minded pursuit of somehow creating & enacting 10 roles in Dasavatram, Kamal sacrifices the tightness/grip in its screenplay.
8. With such a lose screenplay, Kamal introduces 10 different characters but all of them lack proper characterisation since Kamal finds it impossible to dwelve on any one character for too long a time within the movie's running time of 3 hours.
9. Too many characters also forces Kamal to resort to many facial masks to differentiate them & create hype but those thick plaster of Paris masks & make-up prevents Kamal's acting/facial expressions from being seen by the audience, who, thus, are not able to relate to any of those characters. Thus, Kamal's only USP of good acting is swept clean by his own foolish zeal on 10 roles & make-up.
10. Moreover, due to the unprofessional make-up, most of those characters look amateurish & give the feeling that the audience is watching a Fancy Dress/Mask Competition in a school function.
11. In order to differentiate the characters, Kamal is also forced to resort to different voice-overs for each character, thus making such voice-overs undecipherable to the audience leaving them unable to follow the happenings on screen.
12. Lose screen-play with no viewer interest in most of the 10 roles makes audience to lose interest in the movie in mid-way itself and they get bored even though they are seeing it for the first time.
13. With Kamal's main USP of acting/emoting missing for the large part, people come out of the theatres very much disappointed & dissatisfied. Thus, a good Hollywood-type plot, has been botched up by Kamal's foolish fetish to do 10 roles.
14. If this is the reaction in A centres and multi-plexes, who are supposed to be a sophisticated audience, one can imagine the fate of Dasavataram in B & C areas.
15. Aaskar Films, who poured crores of money, like water, into the making & promotion of Dasavataram, ultimately goes the Kalaipuli Dhanu way, ending up on the losing side.
16. Dasavataram, whose story is supposed to be based on Chaos Theory, thus, itself becomes a victim of that theory.
I hope all of you now understand how Chaos Theory works in real life.