Kamal Haasan, Pooja Kumar, and Andrea Jeremiah starrer "Uttama Villain" aka "Uthama Villain" has opened to positive reviews from critics. The Tamil movie, after facing last-minute release issues, hit the screens on Saturday, 9 May.
The Tamil movie is produced by N Lingusamy and directed by Ramesh Aravind. "Uttama Villain" is largely praised for the brilliant performance of Kamal Haasan. Below, we bring you the critics' reviews of leading publications.
NDTV Review: "Uttama Villain" is a terrific take on super stardom and mortality. It is actually a satire in parts. When Manoranjan learns he has only few days to live, he wants make a film in which he's immortal. Click here to Read Complete Review
IBN Live: To cheese spread the thick emotional content of the actor's life in the film, film within a film is employed. So, we have different yet inherent parallel tracks running in "Uttama Villain". This is where our beloved K Balachander (Margadarsi in the film) enters. He agrees to make a film with Manoranjan (the star) with a heartful of veneration. They give birth to Uttaman, a Theyyam artiste, accompanied by a story. Click here to Read Complete Review
The Hindu Review: "Uttama Villain" — the overall film, that is, not the folklore-ish film that's being shot within the film (and which is set in the eighth century) — now begins to play out as a series of contrapuntal scenes. Click Here to Read Complete Review
Deccan Chronicle Reviews: The film is about the life of a superstar with and without a mask. A picture in picture, the movie revolves around a commercially hit hero Manoranjan (Kamal Haasan). He is adored and admired by all. But he has a private life too. Apparently, when kingmaker producer Poorna Chandra Rao (K Vishwanath) makes Manoranjan a superstar after pulling him out his mentor Margadarasi (K Balachander) who is known for smalltime films, Mano is forced to marry Rao's daughter Varalakshmi (Urvashi). Click here to Read Complete Review
Average Ratings Given by Critics: 3
Times of India Reviews: "Uttama Villain" is one of those films with a meta narrative where the line between the reel and the real becomes hard to distinguish. It stars Kamal Haasan as a superstar, Manoranjan, who goes back to his mentor Margadarisi (played by K Balachander, the real-life Margadarisi, who shaped Kamal's career) and asks him to direct him one last time after he learns that he has only a few days to live. Click here to Read Complete Review
Sify Reviews: It is a courageous film that breaks away from being predictable, is gripping and emotional with few funny moments thrown in. Click here to Read Complete Review
Behindwoods Reviews: The narrative style is new and different from the ones we have witnessed all along and Ramesh Aravind has adeptly interspersed two different time periods in this story that is replete with many sub-texts and ironies. Click here to Read Complete Review