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

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Jasmine
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Ranjitha Kaur (as Jayapradha)
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Sheikh Mukhtaar
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Akash ...
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Chakri Toleti ...
Sai Ram
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Doctor (as Ramesh Kanna)
Chitti Babu ...
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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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INR 600,000,000 (estimated)

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£126,718 (UK) (13 June 2008)
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Composer A.R. Rahman and actress Shriya Saran were part of this film's cast and crew. However, the AVM Company passed a rule that nobody making Rajinikanth's Sivaji (2007) should be involved in making this film, which forced the two of them out. They were respectively replaced with Himesh Reshammiya and Mallika Sherawat. See more »

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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 »

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Performed by Kamal Haasan and Sadhana Sargam
Composed by Himesh Reshammiya
Lyrics by Vaali
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A roller-coaster ride
28 June 2008 | by (India) – See all my reviews

First, I am a huge Kamal Haasan fan. But that when I say this movie great, me being a fan has nothing to do with it. This is one hugely compelling thriller. The screenplay is so taut and beautifully tied together, you sit engaged for over three hours. Not knowing that time is flying by. But K.S.Ravikumar's direction and the special effects, save for the climatic tsunami scene, fall way over the mark. In some scenes Ravikumar's choice of shots and scene design are quite appalling. But he does a competent job. But his lack of command of cinematic technique shows through. In my opinion, what this film needed was a director of the caliber of someone such as Steven Spielberg. In other words, a natural with an uncanny film sense, could lift this material. Just like Spielberg lifted Raiders of the Lost Ark to 'classic' status. K.S.Ravikumar treats this like an ordinary masala flick. So the direction is flat and uninteresting. He fails to 'interpret' the script. And that is where this film falls short of international standards. But most Indian audiences don't understand film technique anyway. They confuse it with cinematography. All they understand is acting and story. And in these two departments, Kamal Haasan excels. I think the responsibility was too much. Otherwise he would have directed it himself. Making it a much better movie. Nevertheless, this is an excellent watch. Highly recommended. Way better than the moronic Sivaji.


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