The Indian media and audiences might not have lapped up Mani Ratnam‘s ‘Raavan’, as much as it was anticipated, but there is no cause for worry for its filmmakers, as it has been receiving great appreciative comments from the overseas media.
“Raavan” is getting rave reviews in the American media with the New York Times making it “a Critics’ Pick”, a distinction rarely if ever earned by an Indian film.
Also other entertainment trade papers “Variety” and “Hollywood Reporter” too have praised the film that opened Friday on over 2200 screens around the world in 35 countries including US and Canada.
Here are the various rave reviews of Raavan/Raavanan from the US media.
New York Times :
“Raavan has Bollywood glamour aplenty, with the lovely if occasionally dramatically challenged Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, [Abhishek] Bachchan’s wife, playing the Sita stand-in. The real star, though, is Ratnam, a talented visual storyteller who directs action crisply and fills the screen with striking images”
Los Angeles Times:
“Bollywood superstar Abishek Bachchan has the title role of the romantic adventure epic, but the movie belongs to his exquisite real-life wife Aishwarya Rai.
Ratnam and his colleagues give Bollywood fans full value. Ratnam’s pace is steadfastly brisk, and his film is replete with dizzying camerawork, myriad complications, violent mayhem, broad humour, usual musical interludes, a cliffhanging climactic confrontation and a finish that strikes a note of poignancy.”
The Hollywood Reporter looks at “Raavan” as a “Pan-Indian saga with epic sweep, intense emotion and gorgeous images.”
“Filled with rich colours and lively action, Mani Ratnam’s classically themed epic brings together the mythology of Indian culture and the flair and fun of Bollywood with tremendous flourish,” it says.
“Consistently one of India’s most versatile and exciting directors, Ratnam angles for one of his bigger commercial vehicles by mixing knockout action sequences, primal dramatic elements and superstar Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who stays ravishing even as she’s sent through the physical wringer opposite husband and co-star Abhishek Bachchan”