Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Dasavatharam - Birds Eye View...!

Some guys have claimed they haven't understood chaos theory which plays such an important part in the film. With some explaination people can appreciate the brilliance of the film.

Q:What is Chaos?

A:Basically a chaotic system is one wherein long term predictions are impossible.Like for example,if I push a car, I know that it is going to move and it will continue to do so if I go on pushing it on and on.However,in a chaotic system,this situation cannot be predicted over a long period of time.Weather for example is a chaotic system.No matter how good your instruments are,you simply cannot predict the weather with 100% accuracy over a long term basis and forecast it.

I feels the scene from aporva sadoraragal where he kills delhi ganesh is one more example of chaos theory.

Q:What is the butterfly effect?

A:It is the most important component of a chaotic system.Basically,small perturbations results in amplifications which completely destroys the original nature of the system and makes prediction impossible.If a butterfly flaps its wings in Africa,it could result in a cyclone in USA.(Mark the word COULD)A highly dumbed down explanation of the butterfly effect is in the film Anniyan,where Vikram's sister dies because a liquor shop owner sells liquor on a dry day.

Q:OK,how does Dasa incorporate it?

A:In essence,Dasa talks about 8 characters who are inconsequential as such,but are integrated in a larger picture.Without Bush,the plane would have been called back.Without Shinghen,Govind would be dead.Without the tsunami,the world would have been destroyed.Even Krishnaveni Patti plays a very important role.If she had not put the vial in the idol,maybe Govind would have recovered it then and there and a powerful weapon would have been unleashed.The very fact that it went into the idol meant that it was being accelrated to its destiny.Without Kaifulllah Khan,Govind would have never escaped;the list simply goes on.

Q:OK,so does the film talk about theism or atheism?

A:Neither.It talks about how humans drive the destiny of the world.

Kamal says in the movie that everything happens for a reason. It appears that He implies "Nature Is God" - from his portrayal of the world, the cyclic and reasoned happenings of life and nature with repect to the CHAOS THEORY.

However, the main point and the subject of my post is to bring up a very simplified example of the chaos theory. One thing can lead to another, and another and another and so on, wherein energy can be gained, multiplied, transformed thus leading to a result which ends this cycle.

Please take a look at this video: the best way to explain chaos theory.


These are very few simple examples of what simple changes in relative positions of objects can do. No one can ever predcit what would lead to what, as in we will have no idea what is going to be the end result when we start watching the things happening in sequence. They can be built to accomplish anything, starting with something that is NO WAY related to what the end result is. This can be taken as a model to explain the chaos theory, wherein the only difference being that these machines are man-made and chaos theory is nature-made.

Having said that, I hope you all know where I am coming. It is marvellous that Aandavar Kamal has used such a device in Abhoorva Saghodhararghal, way back in 1989. To kill Delhi Ganesh, for those of you who do not remember.

The plot concept of Dhasaavadhaaram is logically explained by a machine used by Him in His own screenply back then too, before 20 Years!! Be it a coincidence, or He possibly had that in mind as an inspiration, it amazes!!

My whole point is, Kamal Hasan, was born genius!

Nambi explanation

Okay,this is slightly outside the chaotic system driving the film as a whole.My tamil is not that good(lived in north all my life)so I can't say exactly what Govind was telling in the begining of the film,but from what I could gather he says that this story is about ideologies like God,the madness surrounding such ideologies and decides to tell the story of the Shaivite-Vaishnavite conflict to show how people go crazy in the name of God as an example.As a loose end,it gets tied up in the end,when the Ranganathar idol is thrown out of the sea due to the tsunami which highlights the cyclic nature of life.

Another explanation(and this is slightly far fetched)is that Govind is in fact the reincaranation of Nambi.As Nambi he couldn't protect God and died in the name of God.In order to fulfill his Karma,he is reincarnated as Govind Ramasamy who ultimately saves the world from destruction.The idol in the end somewhat hints to this theory;his story began with the idol and it ends with the idol.

Another explanation

The idol that is drowned in the sea along with Rangarajan in 12th century by Chozha king results in a fault being developed at the bottom of the ocean and creates tremors more than 800 years later. These tremors result in the Tsunami. This again is a classic case of Butterfly Effect wherein a seemingly inconcsequential event (the drowing of the idol) saves Tamil Nadu from being wiped out off the face of the earth.

all 8 characters are responsible for govind to reach his destination i.e beach during the exact time of tsunami right from bush to japnese man and after statue comes out they would have researched it and so govind started narrating the story from religious aspect to give it as a example for satellite failure to predict tsunami kamal rocks man,no words to explain

As far as the connection with Nambi character and events in 12th Century goes... The connection is based on the "butterfly effect ".

When Govind and Andal goes to the bury the idol in the sands, Andal will stumble on a particular stone couple of times...This is the same stone as the one from 12th Century when Kothai rips her Thali and flings it at Kulothunga Chozan...it will end up hanging on the stone. So, the implied message here is Andal is Kothai reborn in the 21st century.

During the encounter with Santhana Bharathi in the sand quarry, it is repeat of the incident from 12th century. Instead of Kulothunga Chozhan, it is the Sand Mafia who tries to inflict damage on the lives of Govind and Andal...

This movie is a brilliant juxtaposition of independed characters whose paths cross, if only briefly, which is stunning example of Chaos Theory.

For the idiot reviewers like in Sify and Times of India, it would make sense for the owners of those media outlets to get their reviewers trained on basics of reviewing a movie without prejudice. Even after Thalai mentioned about Chaos Theory in the buildup to the movie release, these idiots could not understand the significance of it.

This is stunning screenplay at its best!

The story line is things going wrong are made to be right which involves many people and countries knowingly or unknowingly......knowingly: bush,manmohan singh,govind,fletcher,balaram naidu,mallika sheravat. unknowingly: poovaragan(actually saved kamal unknowingly),sardarji(gave way to fletcher to escape unknowingly),japanese(saved govind from fletcher,he knows he is saving but he doesnt know about the play and was there only for revenge),kallifulla and family(saved govind unknowingly)........this is based on choes theory

if u watch it closely u can also find another actor who has done double action other than asin and kamal. asin's father sahasranamam. in the beginning he ll be saying "panchatchira manthirathai sollitu vaango maappillai". n at the end he ll be saying "avar enna jathiyo inga vaanga paati theetu aagida poguthu". another eg of chaos.

dalith kamal was trying to save the land resource......he unknowingly gets involved in saving the person(govind) who is trying to save the world....... also sardarji dont know about vayal but since he distracts policemen in airport by blood vomit,fletcher is made to escape........

Everything happens for a reason in this movie

1. Nambi's drowning to death with the heavy statue causes simple changes to the seabed that causes a devastating tsunami 800 years later

2. The tsunami takes the lives of hundreds but saves a whole state by killing the deadly germs with its high content of sodium chloride

3. Vincent Poovaragan's death establishes his legacy and makes Santhana Barathi change

4. Poovargan's death assumed as her son's death by Krishnaveni patti, relieves her of her mental instability

5. The change of package between Avtaar Singh and Fletcher delays things a bit and also ends up curing Avtaar Singhs throat cancer

6. Yuka's death in a way saves Govind in the climax as Shinghen saves him

7. Kalifulla's family and neighbours are saved as they are taken to the Darga for investigation

DASA 10 roles review

1.Rangaraja nambi : Who said kamal is 50+ years old.. Amazing body.. Acting in that role top class..

2.Govind : the perfect hero

3.Fletcher : other villains have to learn from him.. Amazing man.. i started loving this villain.

4.Avthar Singh : Perfect punjabi singer. Daler mehendi should watch this.

5.Krishnaveni paati : How did he do that role man.. Why no one is discussing this role? This character was not as short as APPU but still was shorter. We all know how he bent his knees for APPU, but for this Paati what did he do? Amazing.

6.Japaneese Narahasi : Small role but wat a stunt performance.. But for the climax song, i wouldnty have believed taht it was kamal.

7.Kalifulla Khan : Have u ever noticed how such a tall guy usually walks in real life. Its jus like him. Perfect.. 10/10

8.George Bush: chinnatha kalaaichitaaru. GB ku NaCl na ennanu theriyatham. But it may be true. Stylish English. Americanms hav to learn from him.

9.Poovaraghan : No words for this character. I loved him man. He is the man. notice his body language. Stiff shoulders and wat a slang. He attracted everyone in the end.

10. Balram Naidu : Last but not the least.. The most lovable character.. Chanceless timing. He knows 5 languages in Telgu. This one character is enough for the movie to be a hit in Andhra. Lovely body language.

Connections to Vishnu Purana & Dasavatharam : :-) Just tried....

Boovarahan (Obvious The Boar - Varaha Avatharam; his issue in the movie is digging the earth and sand),

Balarama naidu (obvious)

Krishnaveni-Patti can both be Krishna Avatharam - but lets assign avar Patti the Krishna avatharam (since Krishna is also a woman) and since Govind is Govind Ramaswamy and has a monkey called (H)Anu - he should be Rama avatharam.

Kalif Ullah was the opposite of Vamana Avatharam (Tall vs Short).

The Japanese Kamal had a name similar to Nrihasimha Avatharam .

Since Ranagaraja Nambi drowned can we say there is a loose connection to Matsya (an avatharam where a fish warns the King of impending flood) or can we say he was Koorma avatharam because he lay in the bottom and churned the sea.

Just wanted to talk about Kamal's amazing attention to detail. Looking closely there are a few more things:

* When Fletcher and the Japanese guy fight, the boats go down, visibly, all of a sudden referring to the drop in water levels that precede a Tsunami.

* The church bell strikes 8 times when the Tsunami approaches.

* Birds flying away from the sea when Fletcher grabs the idol on top of the unconstructed building referring to animals which fled away from the shore on the morning of Tsunami.

Looking much closer, it actually happened in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka and the coast sorrounding it which has close to 700-1000 elephants and more than 5000 animals. About 12000 people died on that shore, not a single animal was found dead.

* Santhana Bharathi, P Vasu, Vincent Boovaraghan or anyone shown in the Tsunami scene NEVER use the word Tsunami, because as far as the general public is concerned Hindu used the word Tsunami in its headlines the next day morning, no other newspaper did.

However, Narasahi is the only person to even say the word Tsunami in the WHOLE movie and it is apt since Japan has a Tsunami almost every other frickin' fortnight and Narasahi also knows what to do, so he does what is best, get into a covered structure or a boat while others flee the area. Narasahi stays and knows that the best way to avoid a Tsunami is to go with its flow but also ensure that he is not in an unstable place.