There has to be something really flawed about a film which is based on ‘Ramayana’, has Mani Ratnam at the helm of affairs, stars the Bachchan couple, boasts of music by A.R. Rahman and has the who’s-who from the technical department. Still, ‘Raavan’ hasn’t worked with the audience. We analyse why!
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Till just a few days back, the industry was smiling with the blockbuster success of ‘Raajneeti’. However, the smiles have vanished all over again with ‘Raavan’ turning out to be disaster at the box office. Wait, before we delve into the box office fate of the film, let’s also talk about the film by itself. The fact remains that this Mani Ratnam directed film is disastrous even from the content and execution perspective. Certain films have good content but get marred by poor execution. Some films have a decent execution but the script doesn’t contain much meat to take them through. However, when the combination of both these factors turns out to be poor, there is nothing that can salvage the situation.
Mani Ratnam’s much awaited film Raavan released last week after a huge promotion since the last few months. The film opened with a moderate response but the lead actor Abhishek Bachchan, is already in the news, not for his role but for a controversy.
MS Balram, a former national diving champion, has claimed that the actor is lying. He said that Abhishek’s breathtaking dive off a cliff scene was done by him and not by the actor himself. The shot was used in the promotions of the movie many times as a special attraction.
Just as it happens with all the films that suffer from a poor word of mouth, ‘Raavan’ too, is now bearing the brunt of it all. With poor reviews from critics not helping the cause, the only place where this Mani Ratnam directed film is catching momentum is the world of Internet where it is the butt of many jokes. Twitter, Facebook, SMS – the jokes are all over which is not quite helping the cause much.
Here are some of the most popular ones which are finding far more positive word of mouth than the film itself:
Raavan: Definitely Abhishek’s Best
Rating: 3.5 out of 5*
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Govinda, Ravi Kissen and introducing Vikram
Director: Mani Ratnam
Since the time of the announcement of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan, curiosity about how India’s most accomplished filmmaker manages to do a modern day adaptation of the mythological epic, Ramayan, has known no bounds. Thankfully, Mani succeeds in his own inimitable way. His team’s painstaking hard work shows in every frame of the film and his actors help him raise the film’s bar.
‘Raavan’ releases today but surprisingly the hype preceding the release of the film has been quite minimal when compared to the tradition. However, there hasn’t been much interest level amongst the audience if the buzz for the last one month is any indication. Call it the surreal feel of the film, courtesy the look of Abhishek Bachchan, the songs which despite being good aren’t aided by flattering picturisation, the fan base of the Bachchan pair which hasn’t seen much escalation over the years or the overall product that has been unsuccessful in pitching itself as the summer blockbuster that audience could be rooting for – the fact remains that ‘Raavan’ hasn’t created a frenzy yet.
Even as Balki puts finishing touches to the script for his third film featuring the Big B in the lead, the twosome who gave us two extremely unconventional hits Cheeni Kam and Paa will now be getting together for a 15-minute film celebrating, 100 years of Indian cinema.
While the details of the project are yet to be finalized it is understood that PVR Cinemas has commissioned 8 leading filmmakers to make 15-minute films which would all be released as one feature film in 2013 when Indian cinema celebrates 100 years of existence.
The first director to start his film would be Balki.
Mani Ratnam’s much waited film Raavan is being premiered in London and SRK will be attending the event with wife, Gauri Khan and the kids if we go by Big B’s tweets
On Sunday, Amitabh Bachchan, twitted, “Shah Rukh, Abhishek probably spoke to you about the London premiere of Raavan, See you, Gauri and the kids there. Good that you are coming.”
Abhishek Bachchan and Mani Ratnam combination has always been successful in creating an impact on the audiences. This time with Aishwarya with the duo the film will rise the mercury levels of not only the junta but the people belonging to the film industry too seem to be awaitng eagerly to watch this weired Raavana.
A brief interview with Abhishekh Bachchan follows-