When a classical dancer's suspecting wife sets an investigator behind him, a series of violent events are triggered, revealing his real identity and connection to a darker world.


Kamal Haasan


H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Kamal Haasan | 2 more credits »
8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kamal Haasan ... Vishwanathan / Wisam Ahmed Kashmiri
Rahul Bose ... Omar Qureshi
Shekhar Kapur ... Col. Jaganaathan
Pooja Kumar ... Dr. Nirupama
Andrea Jeremiah ... Ashmita Subramaniam
Jaideep Ahlawat ... Salim
Nassar ... Terrorist Leader - Nazar (as Nasser)
Zarina Wahab ... Psychiatrist Sarah Ramachandaran
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Deepak
Miles Anderson ... John Dawkins
James Babson ... Tom Black
Jude S. Walko ... Captain Joe, USMC POW
Chris Kotcher ... Tollbooth Operator
Greg Sammis Greg Sammis ... F.B.I. Agent
David Scott Diaz ... FBI Agent Dave


Vishwanathan, a Kathak dance teacher in New York, is in a rather happy marriage with Nirupama who is a nuclear oncologist. She hires a detective to keep a watch on her husband, who apparently ends up in a wrong place that reveals Vishwanathan's true identity. Written by Sharath Chandra

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Action | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Kamal Haasan, born a Hindu-Brahmin is an atheist. He has been vocal regarding increased racial attacks against Muslims over the decades, especially after 9/11 and 26/11 terror attacks. He plays the role of a Muslim soldier turned spy, further rooting to his message that all muslims are not terrorists. See more »


In one scene a helicopter is shown flying just above a forest with dead trees and fallen leaves. But there is no movement in the trees or leaves as the helicopter is flying. See more »


Wiz: I am a hero, and a villain!
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Crazy Credits

The last sequence contains some scenes indicating a sequel Vishwaroop 2. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to remove two moments of bloody violence in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


Followed by Vishwaroopam 2 (2018) See more »


Jung Hai
Written by: Javed Akhtar and Asif Ali Beg
Produced by: Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa
Performed by: Shankar Mahadevan and Benny Dayal
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User Reviews

Best Indian Film - Hollywood standards
27 January 2013 | by dkayahooSee all my reviews

As many have not seen the movie, i don't want to reveal anything here. So pls go and enjoy in a good theatre.

This movie is mindblowing and there is one 'Transformation Scene' in the movie. WOW - being a Indian movie fan, i have seen lot of mass scenes , but when i was watching this TRANSFORMATION SCENE, the feeling i got is something i have never felt while watching a movie.

Be it the bgm, scene, stunt, looks, action, song - all in that one scene makes it OUT OF THE WORLD.

The movie on a whole is a TERRIFIC VISHWAROOPAM on its own. It handles such a sensitive topic in such REALISTIC WAY...

Its a 3 hr drive to a terrorist camp in afganishtan during the war and you all get a glimpse of Osamabinlaiden - VISHWAROOPAM BEST Indian MOVIE .

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Release Date:

25 January 2013 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jihadi Warrior See more »

Filming Locations:

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India See more »


Box Office


INR950,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | 12-Track Digital Sound (Auro 11.1)| Auro 11.1



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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