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Raavan (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 18 June 2010 (USA)
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A bandit leader kidnaps the wife of the policeman who killed his sister, but later falls in love with her.


Mani Ratnam


Mani Ratnam (screenplay), Vijay Krishna Acharya (dialogue)
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Credited cast:
Abhishek Bachchan ... Beera Munda
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan ... Ragini
Govinda ... Sanjeevani Kumar
Vikram ... SP Dev Pratap Sharma (as 'Chiyaan' Vikram)
Ajay Gehi ... Hariya
Ravi Kishan ... Mangal
Priyamani ... Jamuni
Nikhil Dwivedi ... Inspector Hemant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ganesh Acharya
Ashraf Ul Haq Ashraf Ul Haq ... Dacoait
Mangala Kenkre
Tejaswini Kolhapure Tejaswini Kolhapure
Manoj Mishra Manoj Mishra
Faisal Rashid Faisal Rashid
Pankaj Tripathi ... (as Pankaj Tripathy)


Ragini re-locates to distant Lal Matti along with her Superintendent of Police husband, Dev Pratap Sharma, in order to enable him to apprehend a bandit, Beera Munda. Shortly thereafter her life will be turned upside down when she will be abducted by Beera and held captive. It is during this captivity she will not only find out that her fate will be decided within 14 hours, but also the real reason behind her abduction. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Govinda worked with Abhishek Bachchan's father Amitabh when Abhishek was in his teenage years in Hum and in his 20s in Bade Miyan Chote Miyan. See more »


Beera Munda: BAAKchakchakchakchakchak!
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Alternate-language version of Raavanan (2010) See more »


Thok De Killi
Lyrics by Gulzar
Music by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Attractively wrapped but below average product
18 June 2010 | by hbdave_77See all my reviews

Few months ago I read an interview of Naseerudin Shah in a daily. The interviewer asked him a question about today's state of Indian films. Naseer responded back quite disappointedly that with advancing technology and prolific role played by media, the producers-directors easily garnered the publicity hype and sell the well packaged material to the audience earning expected profit. Creativity only lies in making frames glamorous, stuffed it well with audience friendly emotional drama and promotes it well globally; yes we are good in wrapping but not in content.

Maniratnam's much hyped modern take on Ramayana reminds me Naseer's words. As an admirer of Maniratnam I was expecting from this film and he's the director who gave few brilliant films to Indian cinema like 'Nayakan', "Iruvar', 'Roja', 'Yuva'. Its noble intention to revisit our epic in modern context but when makers like him fails terribly with poor screenplay, shallow presentation, poor characterization and shoddy direction the epic becomes caricatured and loud product.

The first half of the film is so irritatingly direction less, monotonous and lifeless in everything (except Santosh Sivan's DOP) that I hate to see the second half in the interval. Mani shifted the gear in the second half and attempted honestly to make it gritty and reasonable one with few ingredients of action, twist and turn and wins the character and audience's sympathy for the antagonist. Looking at the performances both Aishwarya and Vikram seems so flat wearing typified expressions. Aishwarya has done nothing except shouting and frowning and she didn't look appealing too. Where's Mani's touch that directed her in 'Iruvar' and 'Guru'? Hope Vikram has done fairly well Tamil edition as antagonist but here he's less than average. Govinda and Ravikishan have stuffed more footage than entertaining the audience. Priyamani is quite impressive in her few minutes presence. It's only and only Abhishek who worked hard to uplift the film and seems impressive among all cast. Don't expect different expressions but watch his intensity and dedication to retain the character in couple of well acted scenes and I mean it that he's the sole reason to watch this film even though having many shortcomings. He saved the grace of Maniratnam as Maniratnam saved his in 'Yuva'.

Technically the film is rich with Santosh Sivan's camera-work as always filming some great landscape locations and Shyam Kaushal's brilliantly choreographed stunt on the bridge 2000 feet above (one of the best I've ever seen in Hindi cinema!) The opinion is mixed; the film entertains in bits and pieces but disappoints as a whole product.


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