Raavan Movie Review

Mani Ratnam is a  director who revolutionized Tamil cinema with films like Nayagan, Roja, Bombay and many more. In Hindi, some of his films like Dil Se and Guru are watched and loved even today. So quite obviously, Raavan starring Ratnam’s favorite actor Abhishek Bachchan carries huge expectations. The film adapted from one of India’s greatest epics, the Ramayana, also stars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Tamil superstar Vikram, Govinda, Ravi Kissen, Nikhil Diwedi amongst others.

Raavan is an important film for Abhishek, who hasn’t tasted commercial success in a long time (Dostana was a multistarrer). But the film is most important for Reliance Big Pictures, who have invested truck loads of money into this Mani Ratnam film and are yet to recover from the Kites debacle.

The story is one that we all know. Raavan abducts Ram’s wife Sita in Ramayan, here it is Beera (Abhishek Bachchan) who has kidnapped top-cop Dev Pratap Sharma’s (Vikram) wife Ragini (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). On his way to rescue his wife, Dev Pratap is helped in the forest by Laksman (Nikhil Diwedi – Laksmana) and officer Sanjeevani Kumar (Govinda – Hanuman).

First the negatives, since there are so many!

  • What starts off as a promising film soon turns into a damp squid. Seriously, its hard to believe this is a Mani Ratnam film. The biggest problem with Raavan is the poorly written lead character of Beera. He neither looks menacing, nor does evoke fear. His makeup makes him look more like a buffoon and Abhishek just doesn’t get his dialogue delivery right.  And since the focus is entirely on Beera, you never really connect with the film.
  • The second half is a torture. Its stretched way too long, the pace is unbelievably slow and the Agnipariksha scene – where Ragini is asked to undergo a Polygraph test (Sach Ka Samna style) would have unanimously won the ‘worst scene of the year’ award, if there was one.
  • Also the film makes no sense, the writing is incredibly flawed. There are no twists nor any turns and if you know the story of Ramayana, this film is way too predictable. The whole sequence which was supposedly meant to be a twist – when Ragini actually starts getting emotionally attached to  Beera – is poorly written and executed.
  • Vikram as Dev Pratap Singh is wasted. He has limited screen time and absolutely no scope for histrionics.
  • Vijay Acharya’s dialogues don’t go well with the film.

Three and a half Positives

  • The well-choreographed action sequences, especially the fight on the bridge.
  • The cinematography – the locales, the jungles, the tough locations the film has been shot in –  have been beautifully captured by Santosh Sivan camera.
  • AR Rahman’s music is good. Behne De stands out.
  • The makeup artists get Aishwarya’s look right and she does well in certain scenes, which ain’t reason enough to watch Raavan.

The performances (in order)

  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is good in most scenes and looks incredibly beautiful for a lady in her late 30s.
  • Vikram gets it right in a short role without much scope.
  • Govinda is decent as Sanjeevani Kumar, although looks a little too old for the role. Nikhil Diwedi is good. Priyamani and the rest are wasted.
  • But what comes as terribly disappointing is Abhishek Bachchan’s performance. In every single Mani Ratnam film so far, Bachchan Jr has delivered, strangely this time around he doesn’t get it right.

Overall, Raavan is one of the most disappointing films of the year. The opening has been shockingly dull. The occupancy for some of the morning shows were as low as 15 – 20%.

Zero content with a poor opening spells disaster.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
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124 Comments

  • Yousif: sorry for the typing mistake.. pls read the correct sentence in my comment : “Even billu which had a great message in the last scenes..”

  • yes there is nothing in this film that interest me this is very overrated and ia m happy that srk didnt star in this shabby movie i mean it is waste of time and money coz the whole plot collapse when One senior officer offers to cancel their taxes for three years if their village team beats him at cricket. After accepting his proposition, the villagers face the arduous task of learning the game and playing for a result that will change their village’s destiny. so what is interesting in this mediocre cinema
    the tax is imposed by british raj not by the officers you cant fool me ashtush so they have no right to cancel it if they did they will be put to death by queen victoria
    both my sisters also share me the same verdict

  • om shahnti was slow at the begining but with the introduction of mai agar kaho onwards it flew high till the end its just entertaining that s all

  • chalo that should keep these two shutterbugs busy for a while… does our man rather HEMAN heard of anything called google translate?? before putting up his prescription and other medical reports for his good friend to see and advise.in arabic??? i think that was against the rules of the site.. but wtf the site can ignore a few mental people who are undergoing electroconvulsive therapy under superguidance of his newly acquired soulmate…. i guess hallucinations and that too paranoid hallucinations can be difficult to treat sometimes but i guess you are doing well becos u are under expert guidance of dear fathiya and are ready to watch mnik 10 times a day and dil se also.. but if u were to see rajnutty and ravan in the same frequency u would heal faster .. !!!! and i guess i know now who is the delilah and who is the goliath here…!!!!
    yes fathia i have absolutely nothing to do except see how madly people can go on and on in writing crap. after crap after crap..and congratulations u stand first.. i accept defeat.. and now that u are supported by our able bodied arabic writer albeit a fellow with little left right mental dissociation .u will certailny outrun everyone by a distance..

  • by the way have u watched nayak the real hero
    this film is much better than this lagaan if they exclude those silly action scenes

  • Nayak: The Real Hero is a 2001 Indian movie starring Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukerji. It was directed by S. Shankar. The film is a remake of S. Shankar’s earlier released Tamil film Mudhalvan (1999). The film’s score and soundtrack, composed by A. R. Rahman, were dubbed from Mudhalvan into Hindi for the film. Shahrukh khan was first approached for the lead role but eventually role went to Anil Kapoor. It turned out to be a great hit.

  • watch your stupid amar akbar in silence crazy megha
    writing in arabic isnot for u its for fathia so i swear that you looked for google translate it to know what i said because you have an itching eating curiosity like the rest of your sex of women i can assure that you want heal of delerium and split persdonality until someone tranlate to u my name is khan in ur mother tongue

  • learn first when to use vocabularies then repy because ur style is shabby and poorly written i suggest that you should read jane austen and charlotte bronte to enhance your style
    shopenhuar lady megha

  • iam not stupid like u to watch these movies megha if i didnot like something i wont go to it in cinema if it happens i would watch at home you seem self contradictory and this is the beginnig of mental illness

  • goliath is a hell dweller kafir whereas i am a muslim so no comparison and to call fathia by the word dalila shows you true abnomnable mean spirit how dare u VIRAGO SHAME ON U

  • now.. its time for my name is yousuuf …only then he will jstify his vile tongue and action . this son of a unmentionable..!!!taking ona lady suits his personalty right ..the uncultured man/sheman he is

  • and hey hes skipped the mdecine and is going delusional again .. i think he is in crisis . sorry guys but he is going to pass away soon .. this illness seems to be at the terminal stage.. no cause to worry

  • seems beers aeffect has worsened the situation fro this pious sweet talknig muslim>>!!!!

  • mind ur words megha
    i didnt call you sheman or shemale
    i didnt call u unmentionable daughter
    i didnt call u goliath or delila i didnt call u vile tongue
    i didnt accuse u of drinking beers or wine
    i didnt call u uncultured
    why pass away soon
    are you god to take my soul or what
    no one knows where when to die
    lnourish a sense of self criticism then criticise other
    why dont u become anactress or director and bring us ur masterpiece virago
    i suggest that you should call your debute film
    the metacritic shoupenhauer megha. the most pesimistic wom you ve ever heard
    i can assure you taht youn will win all the awards of the world
    best director award megha
    best actress award shoupenhauer megha the virago
    best supporting crazy megha
    best editing
    best dull bagroundscore megha the boring
    best clothing
    best lighting best pessimistic dance and song best performer megha the slugard
    and so on and so forth good luck

  • @shoupenhauer megha
    i am more virile manly galant than all yourfamily men all togetheer i guess all of them are shemales
    sorry for the other reders no offence but this wom should be stopped hitherto

  • ha and the likes of need to be castrated right away this half dick fella calls himself a man..!!! after abusing.. yes he is a true muslim…. showed his colors needs to shout at the top of his voice the imbecile impotent ass..and he nneds some eduacation too ..keeps talking onmsome funny mumbo jumbo

    yes i will make a movie on you …the creature from worms emryo and you will fit the role of a squirming pest

  • i advise readers to stay away from this impotent ass lest his illness rubs off on anybody.. he looks addicted too to some hallucinigenid drug ..so i dont mind his rantings reflect the cuture he is brought up with

  • shoupenhauer megha
    i am more virile manly galant than all yourfamily men all togetheer i guess all of them are shemales
    sorry for the other reders no offence but this wom should be stopped hitherto

  • shoupenhauer megha
    behave urself u call urself a mother and u use such word half dick
    have u seen it to judge it or u just you judge it like u judge movies you should be castrated urself like ur peers in sudan
    the sterile woman how dare u call me impotent
    if only you are here in front of you know what would happen to you
    icecube

  • u re uncivilised uncultivated psycopath uncalled for unwanted by every body here so get out of here
    indicine block this obscene whench account

  • what has fathia done to u to call her so i wont forgive u never ever and what i did i to you to namecall me so