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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.

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Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Mani Ratnam (screenplay), Vijay Krishna Acharya (dialogue)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

18 June 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$482,760, 20 June 2010

Gross USA:

$708,726

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,356,461
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Dolby Digital

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Sadashiv Amrapurkar and Tejaswini Kholapure shot for 90 days in the jungle. Sadashiv was in very poor health but still remained professional. But during the editing of the film, Mani Ratnam completely removed Sadashiv' role from the film. Tejaswini was just visible in one shot in a song. See more »

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Beera Munda: BAAKchakchakchakchakchak!
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Kata Kata
Lyrics by Gulzar
Music by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Ila Arun, Sapna Awasthi and Kunal Ganjawala
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: Mani's crown jewel and a landmark in Indian Cinema
19 June 2010 | by murtaza_mmaSee all my reviews

Mani Ratnam is the undisputed heir to the legacy laid by the great Indian auteurs like Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray, Raj Kapoor and Shayam Benegal. If movies like Roja, Bombay, Yuva were the cornerstones of his career then Raavan would definitely be the crowning jewel. Despite being a rendition of the Ramayana, Raavan is avant garde on countless fronts. The cinematography of the movie is both detailed and picturesque, and enormously adds to its poignant beauty. Mani dauntlessly transforms the eternal saga of the Ramayana into a much profound tale which transcends the trite theme of virtue versus vice; a gigantic task which a lesser director could have easily botched. The tone of the movie is set right from the first scene and gets enhanced with subsequent scenes. The pristineness of the movie gives it an uncanny charm that makes the viewing experience, titillating and nigh ineffable. The picaresque theme of the movie may appear to be commonplace, but movie's exotic backdrop and meticulous execution make it augustly unique.

The first half of the movie is deliberately paced which gives it a poetic effect that is seldom associated with contemporary Indian movies. Rehman's plaintive score lulls the viewer into a state of trance which sustains beyond the length of the movie.

Abhishek Bachchan outdoes himself as an actor in the portrayal of glacial yet vulnerable, Beera, a part which required subtlety and brusqueness in equal parts. Mani Ratnam is known to get the best out of his actors, and even he would be proud of Bachchan's performance in Raavan. Incidentally, it was Mani Ratnam who helped Bachchan get rid of the ham status by trusting him with parts in Yuva and Guru. Aishwarya Rai gives a thorough performance doing full justice to her talent and pulchritude. During the course of the movie, one incredibly gets to see her in all the nine rasas (essential aspects or energies that define a set of emotions and moods). Govinda is invidiously under used in the movie and hence fails to leave an impact. The rest of the cast has given commendable performances with a special mention of Bhojpuri actor, Ravi Kishan.

Barring a few redundant scenes, Raavan is consummate in every sense of the word, and has enough to fascinate the masses, awe the critics, and teach the students of cinema. In fact, it will undoubtedly serve as a benchmark for the movies in years to come.

PS: Raavan is a must watch for those who love Hindi cinema and for those who want to acquaint themselves with it. 9/10

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