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’ 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.
From Pallavi Anu Pallavi in Kannada in (1983) to Raavan in Hindi (2010). It has indeed been a very long and fruitful journey for Mani Ratnam. Most cineastes regard him as one of the most significant voices of commercial Indian cinema. Straddling the world of high aesthetics, mass orientation and some say, simplistic politics, Mani has created a spiral of work whose impact resonates across the face of Indian cinema no matter what the spoken language of his characters…Kannada, Tamil or Hindi. Remarkably soft spoken and possessing a wicked sense of humour, Mani Ratnam who turned 54 on June 2, speaks to Subhash K Jha
It’s been a long tough journey for you. Would you say Raavan was your hardest film to make?
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-
Abhishek Bachchan, is perhaps the only star in the Indian film industry, creating, unique historical records with his film’s promotions. Last year, his whirlwind promotional tour for his film Delhi 6 , across seven cities was a world record for public appearances by a film star, at different cities in 12 hours. The Junior Bachchan has now achieved yet another exceptional feat. For his upcoming film Raavan’s promotions he created history by chatting with over 50,000 fans online at the office of Zapak. Tremendous excitement by his fans, eventually lead to a system crash. However, it was restored immediately.