Raavan Movie Review

by Richa on June 19, 2010

Ravana, this year’s most awaited movie finally make it to cinemas this Friday and it  managed to earn mixed response from the audience. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan reunite to star alongside Tamil superstar Vikram.  Mani this time has written a story line culminating the characters of Robin Hood,  Veerappan and of course our very own Ramayana. The film’s characters have strong shades of grey where the hero is not necessarily a good man and the villain, a bad man.  Director Mani Ratnam is back with undoubtedly his most ambitious project ever, and with Raavan he triumphs. Raavan movie rating has been good overall, though movie review has been varying among viewers.

Academy Award Winner A R Rahman delivers a haunting soundtrack, with lyrics of Gulzar. The picturisation of ‘Beera Beera’ combines Bollywood funk and boy band moves with tribal dance and demonic images.

As I said earlier the Raavan movie earned mixed response from the audience. First to tell you about the weaknesses that it suffered. The story written by Mani had many glitches, though he managed to present a modern adaptation of epic Ramayana with a twist in characters, still it had lot to be asked.

The promos of Raavan may set you thinking about some of the great action sequences in the film but sadly there weren’t any worth talking about. The scenes between Ash and Abhi in the jungle are repeated most of the time. One more thing that the film seriously suffered was the bad dialogue writing. I am amazed how a Mani Ratnam movie can suffer on such a ground. The dialogues were not at all impressive and could not lend any depth to the characters. But all thanks to the beautiful camera handling by Santosh Sivan and V Manikanandan.  The jungle never has looked so beautiful before in any other Indian movie like the way it looked in Raavan. Santosh has nicely used rain, water and natural beauty of woods to give the audience a much needed freshness.

With a running time of just 130 minutes, the film is significantly shorter than most Indian cinema. The interval arrives before you know it, although certain scenes in the final reels fail to maintain the earlier momentum. Since the advent of Indian cinema, the mythological genre has been seen on screen.

Overall, you can watch Raavan but don’t expect high. If you do not expect too high from the film, you will not return disappointed. Watch it for its cinematography and amazing work from Abhishek Bachchan who has delivered very good role of character Raavan.

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1 Tejpal Singh June 19, 2010 at 9:42 am

Well said Richa…The movie only suffers with the mentioned technical errors but confuses our age old perceptions and preachings of Ramayana. I do understand that subjective debates are always fruitful but one aspect of socio-psychological responsibility which every film maker bears is missing in this film. Mani sir’s previous work like Bombay deals with this aspect pretty well though.Instead of Raavan if the title would have been “Rakshas”, then the story would’ve been still justified.The story premises is deviating and seems to be lost.This is again proved that bombastic cast, opulent sets and skilled technicians can not also do any magic on box office if the basic story is weak and paralyzed. But again there is always a hope from Mani Sir who i hope will never become Money Sir.

2 Ankur Dhingra June 19, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Just a suggestion in future review try adding a one liner star points for the review.i didnt like to read a lot of text just feel good to count the star.Just suggestion


3 Richa June 19, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, From next time, i will also put star rating for the movie.
But i would like to say that, in a movie review we need to point out all thing, we need show why we are writing good or bad things about the movie.

4 Himanshu Vaibhav June 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

You can do a lot better then this, this is pretty lame because you are really capable of a juicy and brutal review. Anyways the gud news is that atleast you are doing it. way to go :)

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