Analysis of Dasavatharam Movie – Part I

Dasavatharam in a Tamil film (dubbed in various languages) and has Kamal Hassan in 10 different roles (first of its kind in the world of cinema). He is paired with Asin and has Nagesh, K.R. Vijaya (veterans) playing supportive roles. The story and screenplay is by Kamal Hassan, while the music has been handled by Himesh Reshammiya. Ace director K.S.Ravikumar is at the helm of things. This is the 4th film that K.S.Ravikumar and Kamal Hassan have done together. Avvai Shanmughi, Tenali & Panchathanthiram being the other 3.

 The movie was a success in Tamilnadu. The main reason attributed to that could be the fact that people thronged to see Kamal Hassan in 10 different roles. But if one could also appreciate the script and the various scientific & philosophical theories that are used subtly and loudly across the movie, it becomes an interesting film to watch.

 I have put together here some of the articles and analysis from various sources as well as my own analysis. This write-up shall be spread over 2-3 blogs due to the size of the article.

 If you knew the real dasavatharams of Lord Vishnu and their characters you can appreciate the script more. Let me explain, starting with the best adapted role:

Krishna avatar – Vincent Poovaraghavan

 Vincent PoovaraghanLord krishna is actually a dalit, he is dark-skinned [shyamalam]. He saved draupadi when she was being violated and he was the actual diplomat in mahabharatham. Lord krishna dies of an arrow striking his lower leg. Now look at how vincent was introduced.. he appears when asin is about to be molested and he saves her like draupadi. Vincent is the dalit diplomat, fights for land issue [soil issue to be exact] and dies from the metal rod striking his leg. Oh even five of vincent’s men are drugged at P. Vasu’s.. sounds familiar

Balarama avatar – Balarama naidu  Balaram Naidu

This is an easy given. as the name suggests and the role personifies you can easily get it.

 Mathsya avatar – Ragaraja nambi



Nambi is thrown into water in an act of trying to save lord from being thrown into sea, though vainly. what more clue do you want?

 Varaha avatar – Krishnaveni paatti KrishnaveniDuring the mukunda song, krishnaveni paatti does varaha avatar in the shadow puppetry. The frame freezes on it for a second. there is the clue. Moreover, in varaha avatar lord actually hides earth so as to protect life forms. Here too krishnaveni hides the germs – life form inside the statue so as to protect.

This post shall be continued….



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4 responses to “Analysis of Dasavatharam Movie – Part I

  1. manjunath

    keep up the goodwork . it proves a point that movies should not be seen as a sheer entertainment . it also gives some informative stuffs

    • kapikadai

      Yes. Kamal also tries to bring in some intellectual content in his movies as against only entertainment value. You could also come across some movie which you had noticed some strong points like this.

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