The Mani Ratnam"s film Ravan in Hindi, has evoked lots of hype right from the day he announced the film. The film was simultaneously made in three languages. The Bollywood version had Abhishek Bachchan as Villain and Vikram as hero, while the other versions i.e., the Tamil and Telugu films had Vikram in the villain"s role and Prithviraj was opted for the hero"s role. However, Aishwarya Bachchan is the female lead in all the versions.
Suhasini has penned the dialogues for Tamil version and Sri ramakrishna for the Telugu version. It is a socialised version of the epic 'Ramayan". Mani Ratnam has made an attempt to show villain in a heroic role and the hero with a cruel tendency.
Dev (Prithviraj) is a tough police officer who is appointed to catch Veeraiah (Vikram). During the marriage of Veeraiah"s sister (Priyamani), Dev attacks him and injures him. Meanwhile, Veeraiah"s sister gets detained by the police for interrogation, but gets gang raped by the police men. This irks Veeraiah who wreaks a vengeance against the police.
As Dev was responsible for everything, Veeraiah kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya), wife of Dev, to teach him a lesson. Dev sets off to the forest in search of Ragini and Veeraiah. A forest guard (Karthik) comes forward to assist Dev to capture Veeraiah. With the help of the forest guard, Dev was able to trace Ragini. Ragini, who makes several vain attempts to escape from the clutches of Veeraiah. The latter don't harm to Ragini. She realises that Veeraiah"s act is justified. What happens next should be seen on screen.
The performance of the lead artistes including Vikram and Aishwarya are the major plus points of the film. National-award winning artiste Vikram has given an ultimate performance in this film Aishwarya Rai, who is very popular across the world, played in a little de glamorous role in the film. She has given excellent performance in the film. Prithviraj is okay as a police officer. Priyamani, though flashed on the screen for a few minutes, has given a graceful performance and won the hearts of audiences. Prabhu, Karthik did justice to their respective roles. Cinematography by Santosh Sivan is another major plus point for the movie. He was able to picturize the forest beauties with his camera perfectly. AR Rahman"s music is yet another plus point for the movie. The re-recording is ultimate and many scenes in the film were elevated because of the music. Action choreography is another department which has given an excellent support for the success of the film.
The only draw back of the film is the unimpressive dialogues and songs. Though versatile writer, the late Veturi penned the songs, none of them are impressive. Likewise, dialogues by Sriramakrishna were also pale and lacked any punch. The dialogues appeared artificial and gives you the feeling of watching a dubbing film.
The first half is a little boring as the story runs with forest in its backdrop and the heroine trying to escape and the villain recapturing her. However, the second half run with nail-biting suspense and action and made the audiences sit tight to their seats. It is absurd to review a film by a great director like Mani Ratnam, as he had high directorial capabilities and the style he shows in picturizing the film is impeccable.
Cast: Vikram, Pruthviraj, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, PrithivirajKarthik, Prabhu, Kishore, Priyamani and others.
Credits: Dialogues – Sriramakrishna, Lyrics – Veturi Sundararama Murthy, Music – AR Rahman, Cinematography – Santosh Sivan and Manikanthan, Editing – Srikar Prasad, Art – Sameer Chanda, Action – Shyam Kaushal and Peter Heynes, Producers – Mani Ratnam and Sarada Trilok, Screenplay and direction – Mani Ratnam.
Banner: Madras Talkies
Released on: June 18, 2010