Dasavatharam ★★★½

kamal haasan's legendary auteurist folly (although it was a major hit) - a world-spanning epic in which the actor/writer/producer/ghost-director plays ten on screen roles (including, most amusingly, then american president george w. bush).

but for all the wild spectacle what's most interesting here is how much this feels like kamal's brilliant, misunderstood comedies of the 2000s (i.e. mumbai express) - parabolic plot movements, endless dialogue sequences built on cultural misunderstanding, horrifying outbreaks of violence treated as both dark comedy and genuine tragedy. one of the greatest/oddest films of the last 20 years or so (and still not even top 5 of kamal's post 2000 film projects).