I went, I saw, I came back and slept. Thought Ill wake up thinking it was all a bad dream. But, it wasnt
Raavan is a kaala dhabba in the filmography of Mr. Mani Ratnam. The trailer was screaming out loud that it will be a bad film; the posters were sucking up to Jr. Bachchan as if his mug shot can bring in a ticket. Still there was one name we trusted. But fifteen minutes into the film you start questioning your beliefs. All you see is one montage after another in the name of screenplay and A. R. Rahman doing some African vocals in the background as if this film is set in the Congo while Santosh Sivan is busy shooting extreme close-ups of ants, tree bark, cigarette ash etc. By the time its interval youve given up on the film. Subhash Ghai had done a fantastic adaptation of Ramayana in Khalnayak. What Mani saar wanted to explore is a mystery. To add to the trauma there is Vijay Krishna Acharya of Tashan fame writing the dialogues which goes like this bak,bak,bak,bak,bak. And Shaad Ali of Jhoom Barabar Jhoom fame as a creative producer. Wonder if both of them ghost directed the film while mani saar was recuperating from the heart attack because what you get is a mix of Tashan & Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. Abhishek Bachchan irritates the hell out of you. Aishwarya screams, jumps, falls, suggestively shows her arm and keeps screaming Devvvvv the only two actors who were a treat to watch were Ravi Kissen & Govinda.
Final few words: if you are a mani bhakt and want to see your idol fall watch this film otherwise pretend Mani never made a film called Raavan. Wish it was all a bad dream.
Rating: * (Bad)
Ticket Meter: Rs 180/- (waste of money).