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The Ten Avatars (2008)

Dasavatharam (original title)
An American bio-technologist must race against time and heavy odds to retrieve a deadly chemical in a vial.


(as K.S. Ravi Kumar)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kothai / Andaal / Radha
Ranjitha Kaur (as Jayapradha)
P. Vasu ...
Sheikh Mukhtaar
Muslim women
Santhana Bharathi ...
Akash ...
Inspector Bharat
R. Sunder Rajan ...
Chakri Toleti ...
Sai Ram
Doctor (as Ramesh Kanna)
Chitti Babu ...


U.S.-based Bio-technologist, Govind K. Somaiyya, narrates from a stadium a tale of religious conflict in India - even before the appearance of Jesus and Allah. This conflict was between worshipers of Bhagwan Shri Shiv and Bhagwan Shri Vishnu - with devotees of the latter being put to death. Now in post-9/11 era President George W. Bush invests heavily in biological research but things get out of control when a vial containing a deadly chemical is inadvertently dispatched via courier to Tamil Nadu, India. In order to retrieve it, Govind must face heavy odds, including a deadly CIA Agent, Chris Fletcher; a killer named Jasmine; RAW Officer Pranab Kundu, as well as a martial-arts artist from Tokyo. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

13 June 2008 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Dasavathaaram  »

Box Office


INR 600,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£126,718 (UK) (13 June 2008)

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Did You Know?


The "Kaa...Karuppanukkum" song, with Kamal Haasan and Mallika Sherawat, was to be shot in the USA, but Sherawat had issues with her visa which meant she could not enter the States, so the song's destination was shifted to another destination: Malaysia. See more »


Shingen Narahashi's sister fights of Fletcher at her house. She is pushed into the bath tub. When the fight sequence resumes, her clothes (and hair) are completely dry. See more »


Spoofed in Thamizh Padam (2010) See more »


Oh... Ho... Sanam
Performed by Hariharan and Mahalakshmi Iyer
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics by Vairamuthu
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Outstanding Film - awesome character variances
15 June 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding film, one of the rare few films in the media based on Chaos theory linking it with the science behind Karma. The hard work and intelligence behind this movie is visible in every frame. The lead actor Kamalhaasan has surpassed himself and excelled in every character he has portrayed often turning up at apt moments in the film to guide the story forward. If one was not aware of the fact that Kamal has appeared in 10 characters in this film, one can find it very hard to guess that the three actors interacting in the screen are one and the same. This is a novel experience for the viewers and is one of the few movies that keeps everybody guessing in every frame.

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