Advertisement
Sunday, Dec 05, 2021
Outlook.com
showtime

Raavan

Fails to offer a persuasive portrayal of individuals and relationships, the largely ineffective acting making a further hash of an already tenuous narrative.

Raavan
Raavan
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Priyamani
Directed by Mani Ratnam
Rating: **

In Raavan, Mani Ratnam turns a significant issue of the day into a handy ploy. He tries to blend (very uneasily) a contemporary Naxalite figure with Robin Hood of the West and Raavan of Indian mythology. However, the element of subversion, the anti-establishment sensibility, which should have been the key, gets only vaguely heard in Gulzar’s lyrics in ‘Thok de killi’. And the moral ambiguity in the reinterpretation of the Ram-Raavan binary —how good and bad may not be so defined, how the brute might be lurking in the civilised and the wild might have redeeming qualities—does not get portrayed with any sense of profundity or conviction. Ratnam’s ambitious attempt remains facile, and we are not even coming to the straight, clumsy and laughable nods to the epic, like the lie detector test replacing the agnipariksha. In fact, Raavan essentially plays out as just another vendetta film with the entire action hinged on the wronged man trying to get back on the one who wronged him personally. So you have the outlaw Beera (Abhishek)—fighting the cops and aiding the locals—who kidnaps Ragini (Aishwarya), the wife of police officer Dev (Vikram), only to find strange emotions developing for his captive.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Why I Rap: A Hip-Hop Artiste’s Journey From Bihar To Stardom

Why I Rap: A Hip-Hop Artiste’s Journey From Bihar To Stardom

Aamir Shaikh aka Shaikhspeare traces talks about the genre that uses music as a means to dissent.

Hyderpora Encounter: Arrest Of Khurram Parvez Brings Focus Back On Human Rights In Kashmir

Hyderpora Encounter: Arrest Of Khurram Parvez Brings Focus Back On Human Rights In Kashmir

Alleging abuse of anti-terror laws, the United Nations and international human rights bodies seek release of rights activist Khurram Parvez and inquiry into the Hyderpora encounter.

'I Remember Kumble's 10-for, Seen It Plenty Of Times': Patel

'I Remember Kumble's 10-for, Seen It Plenty Of Times': Patel

Ajaz Patel on Saturday became only the third bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test innings, joining Anil Kumble and Jim Laker in a select club.

Omicron Severity Is Anticipated To Be Low: Health Ministry

Omicron Severity Is Anticipated To Be Low: Health Ministry

Will the Omicron variant drive the Covid-19 third wave in India? The Union Health Ministry says the chances are very low.

Advertisement