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Vishwaroopam to Vikram: Kamal Haasan & Tech Innovation in His Films

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Elon Musk acquiring Twitter and Vistas Media Capital to launch its first metaverse experience, known as VistaVerse, in partnership with Kamal Haasan’s Vikram at the Cannes Film Festival 2022 - these two pieces of news have caught our attention.

Helmed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, Vikram is an action thriller that also stars Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil in major roles. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film is set to release in theatres on 3 June.

The production house, Raaj Kamal Films, had taken to Twitter recently to share that the trailer will be released at the Cannes. Vikram would be the latest film to launch its NFTs and enter the metaverse.

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Kamal Haasan, also referred to as the 'Ulaganayagan' (the world’s actor), is known for introducing interesting technologies to the Indian cinema.

Here is a quick glance at the films of the genius, wherein he has used exciting technologies for an otherworldly experience.

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Vikram, 1986 and 2022

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

The poster of Vikram, which released in 1986.

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The 1986 Vikram, which also starred Kamal in the lead, used computers to record songs. That was the first time the initiative was taken in Kollywood. The music of the film was scored by Ilayaraja.

Kamal's upcoming action thriller of the same name, will also be the first film in Indian cinema to apply the digital de-ageing technology.

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

The latest Vikram will be released on 3 June. 

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Thevar Magan (1992)

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

A poster of Thevar Magan.

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The rural action drama was the first in the Tamil film industry to use a screenplay writing software. The story was written by Kamal himself. Veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan, along with Revathi, Gautami and Nassar, acted in important roles.

Kuruthipunal (1995)

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

Kuruthipunal poster.

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Starring Kamal Haasan, Arjun, Nassar in prominent roles, Kuruthipunal is a power packed action-drama directed by veteran cinematographer P C Sreeram. It was the first Tamil film to use Dolby Stereo surround SR technology.

Aalavandhan (2001)

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

Aalavandhan poster

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With Kamal playing both the hero and the villain, Aalavandhan was simultaneously shot in Hindi as Abhay. It was the first film in India to use a motion control rig to capture the movement of pictures. Interestingly, it was also the first film in India to use the animation sequences.

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Virumaandi (2004)

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

Virumaandi poster

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The movie marked the career-best performances for Pasupathy and Abirami. Virumaandi was the first Tamil film to use the live sound recording system. The action drama was written, co-edited, produced, and directed by Kamal Haasan, who also essayed the titular role.

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Mumbai Express (2005)

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

Mumbai Express Poster

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Shot in Tamil and Hindi simultaneously, Kamal Haasan's Mumbai Express was the first Indian film to have the digital format implemented. The film was directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao with Manisha Koirala playing the lead role opposite Kamal Haasan.

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Vishwaroopam (2013)

VistaVerse will launch the first metaverse experience with ‘Vikram’ NFTs and trailer at the Cannes Film Festival.

Vishwaroopam poster

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Vishwaroopam was the first Indian film, and the second film in the world after Hollywood's Red Tails, to release in AURO-3D, a next generation audio format that delivers a full three-dimensional sound spread, capable of reproducing natural acoustic space.

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In his field, Kamal Haasan changed the perception about Tamil and Indian cinema not just as an actor, writer or director but as a visionary who elevates regional films by introducing futuristic technologies to meet global standards.

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