Review The Movie Of “Raavanan”

Posted: July 15, 2010 in Akki tell about something his own experiences

Mythology states: Rama always puts the duty first and then family, Sita’s happiness is always short lived,
Raavana is actually a good person but for his ego / lust.
Mani Rathnam tries to achieve the same in a modern era in the background of a scenic forest.
Ragini (Aishwarya) , wife of a police officer Dev(Prithvi) was kidnapped by a brigan Veera(Vikram). The story is only
about the characterization of these three lead roles and a thin (predictable, well known) story line running behind this kidnapping drama. First half is slow, you are waiting for something to happen but nothing special that will make you more attentive.!
Second half is much better , a faster screen play.
Priya Mani (plays as SurpaNaga) seals her presence though she comes only for 10 minutes. There are other Ramayan
characters like Kumbakarnan (Prabhu), Hanuman (Karthik) and vibhishnan. All these players have done their job.

Vikram excels , let it be his body langauage / dialogue delivery its great and especially the scenes with Aishwarya is simply superb . Prithvi Raj is good and matches with Vikram in most of the scenes.
Special mention about Aishwarya for dubbing her own voice. She was stunning. There is a bigger hero in this movie , he is “Santhosh Sivan”. Hats off to him. Its better to see it in a theatre and absorb the scenes, its a visual treat.

Music score by AR Rahman is ok. Some of the scores does resemble his earlier movie (like Shivaji).
Dialogues…not upto the mark. Generally Mani rathnam movies have a real life comical dialgoues which is missing here.
Ravanan is an exercise to study the characters, but I guess a common man cannot do much. With a movie duration of only 2 hours either a faster screenplay and some more
characterization scenes (rather than concentrating more on chase / dive) would have done wonders to this movie. Some songs do apply breaks within that 2 hours.

Dev falls in love with Ragini, a Sapunky classical dancer who is a unconventional as him. They get married and he takesup his new post in Vikramasingapuram, a small town in southern India. A town where the word of law is not the police but Veera, a tribal who has, over the years, shifted the power equation of the place from the ruling to the have-nots of the area. Dev knows that the key tp bringing order to any place is to vanquish the big fish; in this case – veera. In one stroke Dev manges to rip open Veera’s world, and set in motion a chain of events which will claim lives, change fortunes. Veera, injured but enraged hits back starting a battle that draws Dev, Veera and Ragini into the jungle. The jungle which is dense, confusing, scary. And in this journey they must confront their own truth. A journey which will test their beliefs, convictions and emotions. Emotions which are as scary and confusing as the forest. The forest becomes the battleground. The battle between good and evil, between dev and veera, between Ram and Raavan. But when the lines dividing good and evil are blurring fast whose side will you take. When hate turns to love and good starts looking evil, which side will you battle for? Love is a battle that nobody wins but everyone must fight.
Even this Raavan.


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