Saturday, June 21, 2008

FAQs on Dasavatharam

Some guys have claimed they haven't understood Chaos Theory which plays such an important part in the film. As a physics student, I've decided to explain it a bit so that people can appreciate the brilliance of the film.

What is Chaos?
Basically a chaotic system is one wherein long term predictions are impossible. Like for example, if I push a car, I know that it is going to move and it will continue to do so if I go on pushing it on and on. However, in a chaotic system, this situation cannot be predicted over a long period of time. Weather, for example, is a chaotic system. No matter how good your instruments are, you simply cannot predict the weather with 100 per cent accuracy over a long term basis and forecast it.

What is the Butterfly Effect?
It is the most important component of a chaotic system. Basically, small perturbations results in amplifications which completely destroys the original nature of the system and makes prediction impossible. If a butterfly flaps its wings in Africa, it could result in a cyclone in USA.(Mark the word COULD.) A highly dumbed down explanation of the butterfly effect is in the film Anniyan, where Vikram's sister dies because a liquor shop owner sells liquor on a dry day.

OK, how does Dasa incorporate it?
In essence, Dasa talks about eight characters who are inconsequential as such, but are integrated in a larger picture. Without Bush, the plane would have been called back. Without Shinghen, Govind would be dead. Without the tsunami, the world would have been destroyed. Even Krishnaveni (the old woman) plays a very important role. If she had not put the vial in the idol, maybe Govind would have recovered it then and there and a powerful weapon would have been unleashed. The very fact that it went into the idol meant that it was being accelerated to its destiny. Without Kaifulllah Khan, Govind would have never escaped... the list simply goes on.

OK, so does the film talk about theism or atheism?
Neither. It talks about how humans drive the destiny of the world.
The idol that is drowned in the sea along with Rangarajan in 12th century by Chozha king results in a fault being developed at the bottom of the ocean and creates tremors more than 800 years later. These tremors result in the Tsunami. This again is a classic case of Butterfly Effect wherein a seemingly inconsequential event (the drowning of the idol) saves Tamil Nadu from being wiped off the face of the earth.
Now tell me, does THIS movie lack a story? This movie has the most beautiful story ever attempted in Indian cinema. Unfortunately, Indian viewers and critics are obsessed with the "boy meets girl" and "revenge" themes, so they fail to see the story in this master piece.
-- Chaos Theory


  1. Alama petci ille la..dasat dasat..sehme explanation la..ippe than puriyithe..fuh

  2. well said. So many of my friends prefer a Rajini movie ove Kamal's master pieces. He's work might not be as good as holiwood but he is certainly headed in the right direction and will be on top.

    What I got from the movie was. Religion, cause of all chaos on planet earth today. We have to realize there are bigger forces out there acting on us. So why do we still fight? The Tsunami came, saved us from mass destruction but yet many died. Who helped afterwards, everyone regardless for religion.....

    I am not religious but I am sure god will never discriminate.

  3. true bro...I do not support any1 in the whole world for their fame,in fact i alwiz see them in a diff angle:to me talent comes first n kamal is very top place i keep after The gr8 shivaji ganesan...he's put in enormous piece of effort to upbring sumtin which a naked eye can't alwiz c...its sumtin need to be felt from the very deep heart...a voice of a nation to follow in the rite way...x fights,x crimes,x religion chaoses n etc..

  4. Epah sami, super explanation thalaiva. Epedi ipedi? :D

    2 thumbs up thalaiva....

  5. etho nambalale mudincha ore chinna uteyvi bange...2 thumbs for you too nanba.


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