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The Honest Villain (2015)

Uttama Villain (original title)
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Manoranjan, a superstar, is counting his last days due to brain tumor. How he goes about his final wish of doing a comedy film with his mentor Margadarsi forms the crux of the story.

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Ramesh Aravind

Writers:

Kamal Haasan (story and screenplay), Crazy Mohan (dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Uthaman / Manoranjan
K. Balachander ... Marghadarsi
K. Viswanath ... Poornachandra Rao (as K. Vishwanath)
Nassar ... Muttharasan (as Nasser)
Jayaram ... Jacob Zachariah
Urvashi ... Varalakshmi
Pooja Kumar ... Karpagavalli
Andrea Jeremiah ... Dr.Arpana
Parvathy ... Manonmani (as Parvathi Menon)
Parvathy Nair ... Indira
M.S. Bhaskar ... Chokku Chettiar
Chitra Lakshmanan ... Lakshmanan
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan ... (as Anant Mahadevan)
Shanmugha Rajan Shanmugha Rajan ... Minister
Gnanasambandam Gnanasambandam ... Minister
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Storyline

Manoranjan (Kamal Haasan) is a superstar, who realizes that he is counting his final days due to brain tumor. So he suddenly decides to return the advance taken from a producer and instead he wants to do a comedy film with his mentor and guru Margadarsi (K Balachandar) as his final wish. This is big news that comes as a shock to everyone including his family and manager. How Manoranjan goes about it, forms the rest of the story. Written by Surya Kumar

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Comedy | Drama

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Language:

Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

2 May 2015 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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This movie was previously titled "Bitter Chocolate" See more »

Quotes

Uthaman: [last dialog] Is there a bigger sadness than the boon of immortality. Is there anyone who wants to hear an endless story?
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Uttama Villain Theme
Produced by Ghibran
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Not really a review..
3 May 2015 | by aarunpSee all my reviews

If you are reading this review section, I definitely feel that you are someone who either like Kamal's movies or someone who really do not like him.

This is not really a review, but just some thoughts based on my experience after watching Uttama Villain. In fact, the first review I read from this section made me write this.

In an industry where commercial potboilers are the only ones that sell, it take guts to even try by what Kamal has tried, without even thinking about repercussions and box office. The state of affairs of Tamil cinema is so bad, everybody (at-least most) needs a kuthu song and flying-in-the-air stunts.

I, being a Kamal fan for all these years, did not like Dashavatharam a bit (except the first 15 mins). I, hated Manmadhan Ambu because the story wandered without knowing where to go. But, Uttama Villain is not one of those movies. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie. In fact, I was loosing faith and patience, after these movies, but UV has brought me back into liking Kamal's movie again.

I would not classify this as a comedy, but a good movie. Few of the comedy scenes fall flat, but they are never agonizingly painful to digest.

Kamal has picked up a script where he wanted to show his acting prowess and dedication after a long time and he has done it effortlessly). All the characters KB, MS Bhaskar, Andrea, Jayaram, Parvathy and the son character have performed brilliantly in the small space provided to them.

This is not a racy movie where hero runs from pillar to post behind the villain and leave the audience on the edge of their seats, but a slow one that lets you sit back and enjoy the mastery of a great actor.

Is this Kamal's best movie yet? The answer is No, however this is one of his best performances till date and definitely the kind of movie his fans want to see from him. It definitely is a good movie and a worthwhile watch.

I enjoyed the movie, regardless of it box office fate or how harsh people criticize it. Hats off.


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