It’s very rare that a movie gets so bad for me that I end up switching off before the ending. I mean, I have sat through some real clunkers (Dil Bole Hadippa anyone?), but Raavan really takes the cake. In two words, my review would be practically unwatchable.
And yet, there really is no reason for this. The movie is directed by Mani Ratnam – one of the most famous, and talented directors. It stars good actors such as Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, the story is based on the Ramayana – one of India’s most popular epics, the music is by A.R.Rahman (Oscar award winning music composer who composed the music for Slumdog Millionaire) the cinematography is by Santosh Sivan who always does amazing work. Then where did everything go wrong? How could so many great talents together manage to make such a clunker?
Of all these great folks involved in the movie, the only thing that was not a disappointment was the beautiful cinematography. Rahman’s music starting from the opening track Beera was loud and not at all melodious (at least not to my ears).
The story to put it mildly sucks. Loosely based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, it is the story of Beera – a Robin Hood like thug who lives in the jungle. He kidnaps the wife of a top policeman who then marshalls his resources to catch Beera and rescue his wife. So far, so good…but then Abhishek Bachchan who plays Beera starts his over-acting. Aishwarya Rai (the wife), who is supposed to be scared on the inside but brave on the outside, just looks blandly beautiful wearing designer salwar kameezes by the (again genius) fashion designer – Sabyasachi Mukherjee
At first, Aishwarya (Ragini in the movie) hates Beera with a passion, and resists him. However, once she hears his sob-story about a sister who was raped and murdered by the police, she starts to understand him and feel for him. In the meantime her husband Dev along with a forest ranger (Govinda playing Hanuman) are on the track.
This entire sequence meanders for more than half the movie. Add in a few, well-choreographed song and dance sequences, and almost 2 hours are over with no sign of an ending in sight. At this point, I gave up on the movie.
The next day, I came in to work and caught the rest of the story from a more patient colleague of mine who was able to sit through the entire movie. Apparently, I had watched almost 3/4 of the movie and had ended up missing the last action-filled part.
Dev eventually manages to corner Beera on a rickety bridge. Dev manages to get back Ragini but Beera escapes.
And now comes the twist in the tale…
While riding a train back to their hometown, Dev accuses Ragini of infidelity and informs her that it was Beera who told him so. Furious, Ragini leaves Dev to meet Beera through Mangal. When she does, she asks him what Beera had told Dev. Beera replies that he had said, he protected Ragini for all the fourteen days and not anything else. They quickly realize Dev lied, hoping Ragini would lead him to his hideout. Dev appears with a police team and confront the duo. Ragini tries to save Beera, but he pushes her out of the line of fire. He is shot multiple times. Raagini’s true feelings comes to surface when she tries to save Beera with all her might. Content that Raagini too has feelings for him, Beera falls off the cliff to his death with a smile.
– Extract taken from Wikipedia as I haven’t seen this portion to comment on it.
I am not sure that I like this twist in the tale at all. Why on earth would Ragini leave her husband and struggle through the jungle to confront Beera? What on earth was she hoping to achieve? What would Dev had done if she had just gone ahead and left him without going back to Beera? Why would anyone say/do something so traumatic just to catch the bad guy. He is practically sending her back to the villain? Wasn’t there any other way he could catch Beera? And all this action happens in the last 10-15 minutes of the movie!!!
I just thought that this ending was the perfect insipidity to end an already insipid movie.
Am so glad that I didn’t stay up to watch it 🙂
What about you folks? Anyone watch the movie? Liked it/disliked it? Did you like the ending? How would you have liked the movie to end?
Plenty of questions for you readers 🙂