The modern world sometimes reflects ancient mythology. Mani Ratnam borrows from the Ramayana to artistically portray such an example on screen. It’s just that though, ART!

Ragini (Aishwarya Rai) pays the price for Beera’s (Abhishek Bachchan) animosity against her husband SP Dev (Vikram) when she’s abducted by the dreaded man with 10 minds. Beera is the barbaric leader of the tribe that rules Lal Maati, SP Dev’s new domain.

Only it’s not his to rule as he discovers. Beera is either worshiped or feared by the people for his twisted ways. Ruthless in murder, he finds pleasure in it and he gives Ragini 14 hours to live before he savours her death. Those hours turn into 14 days when Ragini’s daring takes him by surprise.

As Dev searches for his wife with his troops and a jolly, tree-hopping forest guard (Govinda), Ragini draws Beera in as she boggles his already demented mind. The cinematography is truly poetic in depicting the sublime beauty of  the fierce surroundings, just like the exquisiteness of Rai in contrast to a savage Beera. Paired with the music it’s almost haunting.

However the first half seems to be very repetitive and the story doesn’t move forward. The second half reveals the reason for Beera’s wrath against Dev. As it unfolds it makes you wonder; maybe we are too strong in our opinions of good and bad.

The slow beginning builds up to an exciting end and unpredictable climax. Ratnam’s ode to Rai’s  raw beauty although breathtaking becomes monotonous as does her constant screeching. Abhishek proves that he is best suited for a gray character with his crude expressions. The stunts and dialogues aren’t convincing.

There is nothing new in the story but the true brilliance lies in the mastery of the camera and the skillful direction. Its very tasteful and arty. Something a commercial audience might not appreciate. Go for it if you don’t mind a dull story in bargain for some outstanding filmmaking.

Raavan is like an arresting painting in motion.

[rating:2.5]

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14 Comments

  1. Dee

    June 19, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I ain’t a big fan of JB, but IMHO the following is a little off the mark – ” Abhishek proves that he is best suited for a gray character with his crude expressions. ”

    I would rather rephrase it as – ” Abhishek proves that he can do a great job of a gray character with his crude expressions”

    And yeah – probably the movie would’ve been quite different, if what’s unveiled in the ACT-II, was done earlier, say in the middle of ACT-I.

    • Terrah

      June 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      BION I’m ipmsrseed! Cool post!

  2. kanish

    June 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I found the movie PATHETIC….only the locales were good…didn’t expect this stuff from a great like mani….go buy yourself a good meal instead of wasting time and money on this one….

  3. STV

    June 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    Mr. Malhotra is too inclined to the director. I like film making from Maniratnam but, this movie is not like Maniratnams film but like Ramgopal varma’s. The story is so dumb i had ever seen. How could Maniratnam think of Aishwaryas character to fall in live with Abhishek’s character who loves her husband so much. And how could Ragini go to Beera in the dense forests who doesn’t know how she was taken to the place when kidnapped. All in all this movie is an utter flop in my view and its not even worth watching.

  4. dia mirza

    June 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    the worst movie i hav ever seen. it is nt wrth watching

    • Delphia

      June 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of sunsinhe.

  5. Arjun

    June 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    @ Raashi – Dull story in bargain for outstanding filmmaking? How are the 2 different? Maybe you mean dull story in bargain for great cinematography.
    Even when it comes to cinematography – Santosh Sivan has proven that he only does watery scenes. Its like a whole bunch of films where he has shown rain, water, greenery etc. You could exchange these shots for any in Roja, Terrorist, Asoka and many other Santosh Sivan films. Its getting boring now!

    • Donyell

      June 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Haha. I woke up down today. You’ve chereed me up!

  6. PBN

    June 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Maybe we are just too consumed by the Epic…that we never thought that Sita falling for a person who never touched her is quiet possible..isnt it simply human to do that??
    A very contemporary thought..its like asking you to shake ur beliefs and think differently..thats all Ravan is about!! its a different movie…

  7. ThatThatGuy

    June 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    AB’s act in the movie, was best suited.. considering his personality.. Even ASH did a very good job…

    I really don’t find a reason for the movie to be termed as PATHETIC…
    I completely agree to PBN’s comments..

    You need to stop relating the movie to Ramayana..
    The entire Yug(Hindi) is different .. so as the story says…

  8. thirumurugan

    June 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    the movie making was fantastic. i like very much…….

    • Snowy

      June 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      That saves me. Tahkns for being so sensible!

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  10. Savion

    June 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Home run! Great slugngig with that answer!

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