Uthama Villain, a much awaited movie was released a day late in Chennai. Directed by Actor/Director Ramesh Arvind, it features Kamalhaasan, Andrea Jeremiah, Pooja Kumar, Naaser and Urvashi. Veteran Director/Actor, the late K Balachander fondly known as K B dons the role of a film director and plays it with ease. This movie is KB's swan song and Kamal's Guru Dakshina to his dear Guru and mentor KB Sir...

The movie is about the life and emotions of a popular film star Manoranjan, played by Kamal. His ambition to make it big in filmdom makes him leave his director Margadarsi(KB) who introduces him and join hands with another Producer Poornachandra Rao, played by the famous Director K Viswanath. Rao persuades Mano to marry his daughter Varalakshmi played by Urvashi. This brings a rift between Mano and his Guru. When Mano is in the heights of fame, a revelation about his past life suddenly upsets him emotionally. He learns that he has a daughter by his ex-lover Yamini. His affection for his ex-lover is rekindled by this fact and he is sad that circumstances had separated them. Another shock hits him in the form of an advanced brain tumor. Mano hides all these secrets from his doting wife, teen aged son and parents-in-law. His personal physician and close friend Dr.Arpana (Andrea) gives him moral support. Mano wants to do many things in the short time he has before exiting from this world. He requests Margadarsi to make a comedy film with him in the lead so that he entertains his fans with laughter to be remembered fondly. The IRONY: Uthama Villain will be remembered as the 84 year old KB Sir's last film...

The narrative style is quite interestingly different. There is a movie made within a movie and the story of both are linked through dialogues and situations brilliantly. This is to be seen and enjoyed. The movie taken by Margadarsi with Kamal, Pooja and Nasser in the lead is interspersed with comical scenes and situations and is a period film.

As usual Kamalhaasan's acting is excellent. He emotes beautifully as an actor who is deprived of his privacy while interacting with his son, who breaks down when he learns of his dad's illness. Urvashi as the possessive, doting wife and Andrea as the soft spoken Doctor girl friend are quite good. Special mention must be made of K Viswanath and KB Sir who had given excellent movies with Kamalhaasan in real life. (like Swathi Muthyam and Apoorva Ragangal). Now Kamal has taken the opportunity to honor his directors by giving them memorable roles in Uthama Villain.

An interesting screenplay by by Kamalhaasan has been directed well by Ramesh Arvind. Ghibran's music is good. The background score is aptly loud or soft as and when needed. The climax is neat and tidy without much melodrama or noise.

A well planned and well executed movie which will not disappoint Kamal's fans as he is always known for his efforts in experimenting novel ideas...