Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Raavanaayana

Last Sunday i took my friends and family to the Tamil movie 'Ravanan'. One of my fav directors in Indian movies Mr.Manirathnam thought of remaking epic "Ramayana' in his own ideas. After he successfully remade 'Godfather' into 'Naayagan' this was a much more historical effort as we all knew the story of Ramayana sice childhood. Movie is a bore apart from the breathtaking visuals. And editing is a mess as the director tries to show Ramayana in a different flow with a bit of flashback. Castingis horrible as Aiswarya Rai was more of a liability to the movie trying very hard to keep up with some solid performance from Vikram (yet again). Prithviraj spoke about the movie in his interviews in the most confident manner but he could not reproduce the same in the screen. His pairing with Mz.Rai was awkward and looked 'cougar' to be true. But his general expressions were stale and cliched. If he wants to be the 'brand ambassador' of malayalam movies (which he claims to be), he is far far away from it. Mohanlal in the movie 'Company' enthralled the audiences with just a 'paper weight' revolving in his hand. As a fellow malayalee i sincerely hope Prithvi brings some substance apart from his handsome looks and those big biceps.

'Usire Poagathu' and 'Veera' these two songs are the highlight in the music dept, otherwise its a forgettable one from ARR. 'Kalvane' song picturization was a clear adaptaion from the 'Ay Hairathe' from Guru with Mz.Rai dragging her across the leading man. Support cast of Prabhu and Karthik were really above the mark and keeps the interest alive with some funny moments. Priyamani was good in her small role where her character is raped yet again. Last time her character was raped in 'ParuthiVeeran' landed her a National Award. Though here she has nothing substantial to do other than just let her 'shoorpanakha' role melt away into oblivion. Locations in this movie is its USP, its totally amazing and can't believe sometimes its near to our house. Gotta add it to our bucket list for sure.

Silver lining of the movie is Mr.ManiRathnam, who had a heart attack during the shoot. But he is back again healthy and fit hope he can forget this movie and try something new other than MeloDrama and IconoClasm. Personal Happiness is i have restrained myself from watching the hindi version. Cheers!!!

2 comments:

what to say about me !! said...

wow...superb title...RAAVANAAYANA :)

havent watched the movie yet...me too disappointed with music :(

Sreejit said...

By the way, after hearin so many negative comments I caught up wid the hindi version of the movie. I liked the movie, it wasnt long just over 2 hrs. The screenplay was awesome. Music with the movie esp Beera and raanjha raanjha were good. Abhishek despite all that criticisms I felt did his role very well, Ash was ok, Vikram's hindi was quite good and he went abt his role effortlessly. The movie wasnt the normal run of the mill, and the MR tried to show that Ravana was a good person and Ram wasnt by his characterisation, which I think ppl dint quite like and the movie is in bits and pieces with random flashbacs which I enjoyed but am sure dint find many takers. I rather liked the movie may be because my expectations were almost zero and I am a big ARR-MR-AB-AR fan. And I cant believe that those locales are in my own backyard and we never even bothered to go and check them out.

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