‘Raavanan’ gets positive reviews in the US

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Raavanan gets positive reviews in the US

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.”

Hollywood Reporter:


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.

Variety:

 “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”

16 COMMENTS

  1. This is absolutely not a worthy to watch..i have wasted my money…yes my time as well….. its not worth waiting to watch..i am deceived !! Mani..i did not expect this kind of movie from you !

  2. those who say that the film is crap or waste of time….i swear they are not worth to watch the movies…………indians taste has to really improve to accolade such a good movie……..

  3. those who say the movies are good, it means they are not looking at the story, they are looking only the photography..if they are looking for photograph, they could very well release a powerpoint presentation…yes i agree that the photography, bacground, blah blah blah are all good..but where is the story…what is the point this story is trying to tell…whats the point in killing vikram in the end…what is the justice brought to vikram's sister…..

    just dont say that is good..this is good..all indians are still looking for good story…no story..no good ..who ever the director is…

  4. i didn't watch the movie yet….but soo far….everyone has been giving bad comments about the movie….only a few say it's good…..and i bet the movie is not as great as expected….mani ratnam's movies taken now a days r bad….like GURU and this…..everything else were supper super hits…wish he could do movies like how he did…b4 stupid GURU…or is just that…abishek and aishwarya….bring flop movies for mani…since abishek can't act….he was only good in dostana…..poor vikram….cause of those other 2 idiots…he has to get a flop!!:(

  5. for the above anonymous – i think you didn't understand few things. It's a manirathnam movie, you may need to see twice or thrice to get wat was the justice given for vikram's sister. Those who raped her are killed in the beginning of the film, vikram gave his own judgement and killed them 🙂 Finally, vikram is killed because he killed so many ppl.

  6. long time it will take before indians can appreciate gd cinema!! which is why we are nowhere near hollywood.. only ppl who appreciate gd cinema will know the hardwork put behind this marvelous movie!! like wat we all know, only a film which has the usual crappy mix of romance, dance, fight and masala will make it at the box-office!!

  7. long time it will take before indians can appreciate gd cinema!! which is why we are nowhere near hollywood.. only ppl who appreciate gd cinema will know the hardwork put behind this marvelous movie!! like wat we all know, only a film which has the usual crappy mix of romance, dance, fight and masala will make it at the box-office!! but Raavanan really rocks!! one of Mani Ratnam's best movies and of cos it is Vikram's and Aishwarya's best till date..

  8. long time it will take before indians can appreciate gd cinema!! which is why we are nowhere near hollywood.. only ppl who appreciate gd cinema will know the hardwork put behind this marvelous movie!! like wat we all know, only a film which has the usual crappy mix of romance, dance, fight and masala will make it at the box-office!! but Raavanan really rocks!! one of Mani Ratnam's best movies and of cos it is Vikram's and Aishwarya's best till date..

  9. for the above anonymous – June 21, 2010 6:54 PM
    "Finally, vikram is killed because he killed so many ppl." Is this what Mani is trying to say people. Is this because the "Ten Head" Ravana died in the epic. If that is the case, then Mani should have definitely thought of finding another title for this film. There is no reason on the title Ravana and this film. For those who try to argue that the film title matches with our great epic "Ramayana" better go and read again about real Ravana. This is truly absurd title. It should not be correlated with the epic "Ravana".

  10. For the above anonymous, the real ten head raavanan was famous for kidnapping seetha, the first thing will come to everyone's mind if they hear the name Raavanan is kidnapping seetha. The Raavanan movie story is similar, note similar and not same as 'ten head Raavanan', since the story is similar as epic story, mani kept the name as Raavanan.. i don't see anything wrong in keeping the name of Raavanan unless some fans of real epic ten head Raavanan raise a concern. If you are feeling this Raavanan movie title, no tamil movie names are apt.. Why are you so worried abt the title, enjoy the movie if u like it.

  11. There is a lot of Negatives in the Movie like the Characterization except for Abhishek (Hindi) and Vikram (Tamil). He forgot to remember others, and such a big story is hard to put in 2.30 Hours, as like Da Vinci Code comparing to the Book. But still like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero etc.., this movie is a visual Spectacle. Its hard to earn accloads from North India were movies like Dhoom 2, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Krish, Rab ne bana de jodi etc are accepted with open handed and considered as "Super", and movies like Company, Swedes, Dill Se and Hey Ram are completely rejected by Viewers. Where, now ie after 10 Years these movies have a cult Status among Critics an Viewers.
    And its nice to see good reviews from US atleast, same for 'Dill Se' When Dill Se got Very good Response from UK. The Movie far Ahead of Time

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