After Prakash Jha presented a modern day Mahabharata in the form of Rajneeti, Mani Ratnam now brings the modern day version of Ramayana in his movie Raavan.
With Mani Ratnam at the helm of things and his ‘Guru’ team of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the expectations were really high. But unfortunately, the movie not only disappoints you but leaves you in a state of shock that is it the same team that made Guru such a fabulous movie.
The story is obviously from Ramayana:
Apart from the great visuals and a few good songs there is nothing that you take away from the movie. The story is weak right from the start and ends with a not so great climax as well.
As far as the performances are concerned, Abhishek does not convince us as Raavan. The main problem here is that Raavan was someone who spelt terror while in the movie; he seems more like a psycho! Aishwarya looks good and does a good job. Vikram is good even though the role offers him limited scope. Govinda is totally wasted. Ravi Kishan is very good and Nikhil Dwivedi also plays his part well.
A special word for Santosh Sivan and V. Manikandan’s cinematography – they literally create magic on the screen. A R Rahman’s music is good with Beera, Behne de and Thok De Gilli standing out.
Final Word – Raavan fails to deliver and just like Kites, is one of the biggest disappointments of the year. An important suggestion – Just a final suggestion, search on youtube, you could watch the original Ramayan videos, they are much more engrossing. A combat video is below…enjoy 🙂
My Rating – 1.5/5