Dasavatharam Interesting Facts
The score for song "Ulaga Nayagan" was copied from the song "Why Does It Happen in Love?" from Dil Maange More!!! (2004), which also had music by Himesh Reshammiya.
The first three minutes of the film cost the producer Rs.40 million.
Most number of roles in a single film played by an actor
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 Rajinkanth'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.
The film's tsunami VFX were shot at a 50,000 square foot area of land in which a 100-ft. wall was created near Muttukadu. Six machines, which generated 20-foot-high waves, were imported from the US, for a total cost of Rs. 3.5 crores.
Kamal Haasan make-up as the United States President took six hours to apply.
The film was an industry hit at the box office
The film brought Kamal Haasan his 8th State Award for Best Actor .The film won the best film award at the Tamil Nadu state film awards.
Originally, Kamal Haasan was to act with ten actresses alongside each of his ten characters. Vidya Balan, Jyotika, Mumtaj, Kiran Rathod, Meena, Bhoomika Chawla, Sameera Reddy, Nadia Moidu, Kamalinee Mukherjee, Nithya Das, Meera Jasmine, Simran, Vasundhara Das, Trisha Krishnan, Nayanthara and Shriya Saran were all offered such roles in the film, but ultimately turned them down due to date clashes with other films. In the end, Asin Thottumkal and Mallika Sherawat were selected as the film's heroines.
This is Asin Thottumkal's first film in a double role.
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.
The film completed a 175-day run at the box office.
About 20 million tickets were sold worldwide.
It was also the first Tamil film to beat the record set by 'Sivaji' a year earlier.
The renowned Tamil writer Sujatha who also happens to be a friend of Kamal Hassan was part of the pre-production, but goes uncredited.
The term "Dasavatharam" is used in Hindu mythology to depict the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Kamal Haasan plays ten characters in this film.
The film was originally meant to release on August 12 2006, but was delayed by six months to release on April 14 2007 - an auspicious date, being the Tamil New Year's Day. Unfortunately, the release was delayed further and the film was tentatively scheduled to release on February 15, 2008. Then legal wrangles forced the film to be postponed a further four months.
In September 2006, assistant director KK Senthil Kumar filed a case at Madras High Court, claiming he created the film's story in a script titled "Ardhanari" ("Clones"), and that actor Kamal Haasan and producer Viswanathan Ravichandran had stolen his script. On the basis of this complaint, the Chennai Police questioned the actor and later the High Court sent notices to Haasan and Ravichandran announcing an interim stay on the release of the film. In September 2007, the Court dismissed Kumar's petition, clearing the legal hurdle.
The dubbed Hindi version of the film did not have a theatrical release in British Columbia,Canada.
Film released in Hindi after eight months.
Kamal Hassan had announced a spin off on character of Balram Naidu as Sabaash Naidu .The film faced lot of issues during its making and is put on back burner.
Kamal Haasan dubbed for the Hindi version himself. Something very rare for him.
Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards 2009
|Winner Ananda Vikatan Cinema Award||Best Actor Kamal Haasan|
|Best Screenplay Kamal Haasan|
|Best Playback Singer - Female Sadhana Sargam|
|Winner Technical Awards||Best Art Direction Thotta Tharani|
|Best Makeup Artist Banu|
Film Fan's Association Awards, IN 2009
|Winner Film Fan's Association Award - Tamil Film Industry||Best Actor Kamal Haasan|
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, India 2008
|Winner Creative Award||Best Film K.S. Ravikumar|
|Best Actor Kamal Haasan|
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