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|Directed by||Kamal Haasan|
|Produced by||Kamal Haasan|
Vishwaroopam II, or Vishwaroop II, is a 2018 Indian action film made in Tamil and Hindi languages. Written and directed by Kamal Haasan, it is the sequel to Vishwaroopam (2013) and features himself alongside Rahul Bose, Shekhar Kapur, Pooja Kumar and Andrea Jeremiah, reprising their roles. While the first film was set in the United States, Vishwaroopam II takes place in India.
Produced by Kamal Haasan and Venu Ravichandran in Tamil, the film was promoted by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor in Hindi as Vishwaroop II. Initially planned as a late 2013 release, the film was stuck in development hell and was revived only in April 2017 when Haasan took over as producer himself.
A prequel and sequel to Vishwaroopam,[N 1] RAW Agent Major Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri is given the task to eliminate Al-Qaeda terrorist Omar Qureshi and his fellow jihadis, who plan to attack New York City.
Wisam and his team travel to the UK to perform the final rites of their colleague Dawkins. Nirupama gets jealous of Ashmita's closeness with Wisam and asks her how both are related. Wisam recalls his days in Indian Army where he finds young, enthusiastic and brave young lady officer Ashmita in a parade and award ceremony. Wisam and Colonel Jagannath together finalize Ashmita for their project, and she is trained by Wisam. Wisam was chosen for the mission as he is an illegitimate son of a Pakistani and his mother is an Indian woman. Wisam and Ashmita create an impression that she is raped by him, and Wisam is jailed for 10 years for having an affair with an army woman failing to his duties. Wisam is imprisoned but subsequently escapes from the prison with the help of Jagannath. Wisam is now stamped as a wanted terrorist and he along with Lieutenant Roy alias Imtiaz set for their mission to join Omar's terrorist group.
Coming back to current, Wisam, Nirupama, Ashmita and Jagannath are received by Goswami, their fellow army officer, under the instructions of his superior Eshwar Iyer. On their way in the car to handover Dawkins' mortal remains to his family, they are attacked by a group of terrorists, and their car gets into a fatal accident. While Nirupama, Ashmita, and Jagannath are trapped in the car, Wisam is thrown out. Wisam and his team are further tracked down by a terrorist, and he engages in a duel to stop him and subsequently kills him. Goswami succumbs to the accident and dies happily seeing his enemy's face which used to be his wish as an army officer.
Wisam faints and is immersed in the flashback of his final encounter with Omar. Wizam and Imtiaz work together to take down the terrorist group. Though Jagannath trusts Wisam completely, his senior officer Seshadri is suspicious of Wisam, and he never conceals his suspicion of Wisam's loyalty to India. Wisam tries to place a locator to give the coordinates of the terrorist group's prime leader Osama to the NATO troops. Omar catches Wisam red-handed and tries to shoot him, which kills Imtiaz. Wisam escapes from Omar and signals flares for the fighter choppers. Wisam is shot heavily, and the army soldiers take him to the hospital, where he is saved eventually.
Back to the current, all the accident victims reach their hotel, where they are received by Eshwar. Eshwar and Wisam engage in an argument for killing the terrorist instead of catching him. Eshwar taunts Wisam with his religion, but Wisam says he is a proud Muslim who is willing to sacrifice his life for his country. Eshwar leaves the place angrily. Wisam and Ashmita scan the room for bugging devices and eventually break one into pieces and ask Eshwar not to try anything with them. Wisam and Nirupama get into a romantic scene but are interrupted by a call for a meeting with Jagannath, Eshwar, and an ISI agent who turns out to be Munnavar. Wisam suspects Eshwar's hand in the terrorist attack on them. Wisam, Ashmita, and Nirupama leave to scan a building along with an ISI agent in a place outside the city. Wisam and Eshwar engage in a phone call during Wisam's visit to the building to search for bombs. Eshwar insists Wisam to leave the building, but Wisam disobeys. Wisam actually left the building but pretends to have got trapped inside the building. Eshwar triggers a bomb from his cell phone and is quite happy that Wisam is killed. However, Munnavar informs that Wisam is alive, and he escapes the scene. Wisam threatens Eshwar that he has revealed himself and he would hunt him down at any cost. Eshwar commits suicide by self-shooting.
The team finds a book on tides receding timing, and they trace a 65-year flashback of how 1500 tons of weapons sent by America during the Second World War helped British troops got sunk under the sea near the London shore and how terrorists are trying to blow the cesium weapons underwater creating a tsunami, which can immerse London 10 to 16 meters below sea level. Nirupama dives underwater to examine the intensity of the Tsunami triggered. Wisam's acquaintance Jim is killed by a terrorist, and Wisam tracks him down who tries to blast the 1500-ton bomb underwater. Wisam succeeds in stopping him by killing him.
The team reaches Delhi, and Jagannath is called alone by his senior for debriefing. Wisam, Nirupama, and Ashmita reach their rooms to have rest. Nirupama gets angry on seeing Ashmita and Wisam sleeping in the same bed. She angrily leaves to a nearby coffee shop, where she overhears Jagannath's debriefing session with his senior Seshadri. Jagannath and Seshadri argue on Nirupama's role in the team. Seshadri asks him to get rid of her, but Jagannath refuses as Wisam loves her more than anything and that they are supposed to respect his feelings. Nirupama is moved by Wisam's love. She returns to him, and the two make love. Nirupama and Wisam later go to meet Wizam's mother, who is an Alzheimer's patient living in a care home. Wisam's mother could not recognize her own son but is always lamenting looking at the childhood photos of her son. Wisam feels very sad and happy simultaneously and gets emotional with his mother. He recalls his days with her during their Kathak sessions.
Ashmita and Nirupama are kidnapped by Salim. Ashmita tries to knock him down, but he kills her and sends her chopped body to Wisam. Wisam goes to Omar to free Nirupama. Wisam begs Omar to spare Nirupama, but Omar refuses as Wisam was the reason behind the death of his family members during the NATO attack. Wisam tells that his wife, son, and nephew are alive. He explains to him that he handed over them to NATO to be taken to a safe haven. Omar insists on killing Wisam but pretends to spare Nirupama. Nirupama is taken to Daryaganj, where Wisam's mother too has been kept as hostage. Omar plants a bomb on Wisam's neck with a 40-second timer. Nirupama gets devastated on seeing the bomb blast from Daryaganj. Salim tells her that to celebrate 64 years of Indian Independence, they have planted 64 bombs which would blast by an SMS. Wisam shatters the window from outside and kills Salim. A short flashback shows how Wisam escaped the bombing in a few seconds knocking everyone down and how the bomb blast burnt Omar alive. Wisam instructs his men to stop the mass bombing.
In the hospital, Omar dies succumbing to third-degree burn after meeting his wife Khadija, his son Nazir who is a first-year medical student and his nephew Jalal, now an engineer.
- Kamal Haasan as Vishwanathan/ RAW Agent Major Wisam Ahmad Kashmiri
- Rahul Bose as Omar Qureshi
- Pooja Kumar as Dr. Nirupama Vishwanathan / Nirupama Kashmiri
- Andrea Jeremiah as Ashmita Subramaniam
- Shekhar Kapur as Colonel Jagannath
- Jaideep Ahlawat as Salim
- Russell Geoffrey Banks as Jim
- Waheeda Rehman as Kashmiri's mother
- Anant Mahadevan as Eshwar Iyer
- Mir Sarwar
- Deepak Jethi
- Jude S. Walko as Captain Joe Black
The film is set in India. Kamal has earlier stated that the second part will be laced with a strong mother-son sentiment. He stated that 40% of the film was shot during the making of part one itself. While part 1 was a little over 2 hours 20 minutes, the sequel's length will be less than 2 hours.
Cast and crew
Due to personal reasons, cinematographer Sanu Varghese opted out of Vishwaroopam II and was replaced by Shamdat Sainuddeen. Ghibran was signed up to compose the music. Haasan has added Waheeda Rahman and Anant Mahadevan for the sequel in addition to the main cast.
The shooting of Vishwaroopam II started in Thailand and the team shot scenes at the Bangkok airbase. There was a sequence where actors defuse bombs and engage enemies in a gun battle underwater which was done by the actors themselves after training in scuba diving. The Chennai schedule of the film started on 13 June 2013. It was also reported that an underwater fight sequence involving Kamal Haasan has been shot by stunt director Ramesh in the second week of October 2016. The film started its final schedule of shooting from 27 November 2017 at Chennai. Some promotion of the film took place on the television series Bigg Boss Tamil 2, which is hosted by Hasaan, as well as on Bigg Boss Malayalam and also in Indian Idol and Dus Ka Dum hosted by Salman Khan.
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|Released||29 June 2018 |
(Tamil - Single Track)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Language||Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi|
The soundtrack album and background score for Vishwaroopam II is composed by Ghibran, and the lyrics for the songs were written by Vairamuthu and Kamal Haasan. In Hindi, the songs were written by Prasoon Joshi and Sandeep Srivastava. The Vishwaroop II Title track in Hindi single was released on 24 July 2018 with lyrics by Prasoon Joshi.
The partial audio launch of the film was held on 30 June 2018 during the ongoing Bigg Boss Tamil 2 season.
|1.||"Naanaagiya Nadhimoolamae"||Kamal Haasan||Kamal Haasan, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Master Karthik Suresh Iyer||04:10|
|2.||"Gnyabagam Varugiradha (Vishwaroopam)"||Vairamuthu||Arvind Srinivas, Sarath Santhosh||03:25|
|3.||"Saadhi Madham"||Kamal Haasan||Sathyaprakash & Andrea Jeremiah||04:31|
|4.||"Gnyabagam Varugiradha (Vishwaroopam) - Edm Version"||Vairamuthu||Arvind Srinivas, Sarath Santhosh||03:05|
|Telugu Tracklist (Dubbed)|
|1.||"Gnyabagam Kadhilinadhaa (Vishwaroopam)"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Arvind Srinivas, Sarath Santhosh||03:25|
|2.||"Aadhaarama Anuraagama"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Kamal Haasan, Chaitra Ambadipudi, Master Riyaz||04:10|
|3.||"Jaathi Madhamula"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Sathyaprakash & Andrea Jeremiah||04:31|
|4.||"Gnyabagam Kadhilinadhaa (Vishwaroopam) - EDM Version"||Ramajogayya Sastry||Arvind Srinivas, Sarath Santhosh||03:05|
|Hindi Tracklist (Vishwaroop II)|
|1.||"Vishwaroop 2 (Title Track)"||Prasoon Joshi||Arvind Srinivas & Sarath Santhosh||03:43|
|2.||"Ishq Kiya Toh"||Prasoon Joshi||Sathyaprakash & Andrea Jeremiah||04:31|
|3.||"Tu Srotu Hai"||Prasoon Joshi||Kamal Haasan, Kaushiki Chakraborty, Master Karthik Suresh Iyer||04:10|
|4.||"Vishwaroop 2 (Title Track Edm Version)"||Prasoon Joshi||Arvind Srinivas & Sarath Santhosh||03:20|
Vishwaroopam II was scheduled to release in February 2014, but due to delays, Hassan postponed the release. Haasan also stated initially that the film would be released as a direct to home feature in the United States. However, he later stated that he would not, as "there seems to be a lot of reticence in that." In November, Haasan stated that he hopes to release the film by 2016, but the release of the film is on hold due to the financial crisis of the producer even though some combination scenes as well as VFX are pending. It was also reported that Haasan will complete his portions only after his remaining salary of Rs.10 crores is settled and Lyca Productions might take over the project from Aascar Ravichandran.
In February 2017, Kamal Haasan revealed that the film was on hold as Aascar Ravichandran was not able to pay the technical crew of the film. He added that over six months worth of post-production remained pending on the project.
Rachit Gupta of The Times of India has given 2.5 stars and summarized "Despite having some genuinely good moments, the film tries to put forth a little too much, a little too quickly.". Behindwoods given 3 stars out of 5 and said "Vishwaroopam 2 is a fitting sequel to the masterpiece". Baradwaj Rangan of Film companion said "A not-exactly-needed sequel, but a solid delivery mechanism for Kamal-isms". Raisa Nasreen of DGZ Media summarized "Kamal Haasan is heroic as the one man army". Sowmya Rajendran of The News Minute said "A predictable sequel short of fresh ideas".
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