I saw the movie “Raavanan” (ராவணன்) in Mayajaal with my family last week. Had high expectations for this “Mani Rathnam” movie, that was in the making for several years and with a star-studded crew especially Aishwarya Rai Bachan & Vikram. I went for the Tamil version as it had got better reviews than the Hindi version.
The scenery and the locations are beautiful and breath-taking. Vikram has delivered a phenomenal performance, Aishwarya Rai has done the stunt scenes well but otherwise haven’t had much a chance to show her full talents. The movie inspired from Ramayana Epic had presented a lot of scope for a director to tell his version of the story in a captivating manner. But Raavanan miserably falls short on this, the storyline seems to be running flat throughout the movie. The dialogues, normally much talked about in a Mani Rathnam movie is below average. Music by A.R.Rahman seems to be better with the soundtrack than in the songs.
Overall, a movie you could easily avoid seeing.