Raavan (Hindi) – Review

ManiRatnam’s style in movie making is what attracts one to watch each of his movie. Something like Quentin Tarantino.
Beera – Abhishek Bachan
Dev – Vikram
Ragini – Aishwarya Rao

All others in the cast are already all over the internet. The storyline is just a liner, Beera is the lord of the land. People listen to him and would die for him and they worship him. Enters Dev to this land who starts wiping out this unquestioned rule. Beera kills cops and kidnaps Ragini. Thus unfolds the story, with frequent flashbacks to explain the context of why, what & how.

All other characters fit in naturally to the story. In modern day one can relate it to Maoists against the Police and in the past the rivalry between Rama and Raavana.

The locations are a plus like in any other movie of Mani Ratnam. And the settings in the middle of water. I dont think any other camera man than Santosh Sivan would have pictured a ray of light passing through a hole in the door.
There is a sequence when the camera rotates so fast that my head also started spinning. It took some time to realize that it was the amount of confusions in Beera’s mind. Director could reduced the rpm of the camera though.
Lot of places initially when the camera is used in still & freeze mode. This could also have been limited and not overdone.
When Ragini falls from the branch into the water with the song Behne De in background nothing can beat that picturisation. The picturisation of this song would take a long time to be overshadowed by some other song. Lush greenery, the water and the splash out of water. Its just perfect.
The Ranjha Ranjha song comes in the background and Beera Beera is the title song.

The background score is good in bits & pieces and there are some verses in the background music which sounds odd with ARR himself singing them except one version of Ranjha Ranjha song (not in CD’s). The sequence where tense moment (of romance) builds up between Beera and Ragini is good and in the climax sequence.

The fight sequence setting for the fight between Beera and Dev nearing the climax is must watch.
The heart fluctuations of Ragini is well built up. It is not displayed explicitly till the end of the movie. One can understand the sequence though.

Aishwarya looks so beautiful whether in the light of flames or in the other places. One shot of moon on top and the light ob the ground and Vikram standing out there is also a good shot.
One goof-up though. Vikram is keeping the blade against face to shave when he hears shot of pistol. He gets his men and starts in pursuit, he is clean shaven. In the next sequence he has short stub of beard on face.

Its worth watching. Better made in terms of camera compared to earlier movies.
Now to watch the Tamil version.

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