Raavan | Indy Week


Rated NR 155 min. 2010

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, his real-life wife, reinterpret the Ramayana in Mani Ratnam's new thriller. Instead of having the demon Raavan abduct Sita, the virtuous wife of Ram, the film has Beera, a village outlaw, kidnapping Ragini, an inspector's wife, for revenge after Beera's sister is brutalized by the police. Ratnam daringly approaches scripture without sanctimony: Good is not quite so good and evil not so evil—and Sita don't take no guff. Abhishek uses his imposing body for a glowering, chattering, seething villainy suitable to silent film. He seems to be having a blast, and Aishwarya meets him halfway. Actor Vikram, as the inspector, played Beera in the Tamil version that was filmed simultaneously; his hero is perhaps, too much the villain here. Lushly photographed in remote jungle locations, the score by Oscar winner A. R. Rahman includes a flamboyant dance number for the "tribals" in grand Bollywood tradition. No crossover dreams here.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.raavan-thefilm.com/hindi.html

Director: Mani Ratnam

Writer: Mani Ratnam and Vijay Krishna Acharya

Producer: Mani Ratnam

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Chiyaan' Vikram, Govinda and Prithviraj

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