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Raavanan or Raavan?

June 16, 2010

According to me, the Holy Trinity when it comes to film making consists of: Mani Ratnam, Bala and Padmarajan (RIP).

As a big Mani Ratnam fan, I am waiting to watch both the films this weekend; Raavanan first, then followed by Raavan.

So which do you think will be better? People are going to say that comparisons are odious but still…….

As a big fan of one of the greatest actors of our time, Vikram, I suppose, I would enjoy the Tamil version better. But the promos of the Hindi version also seem excellent and Vikram is there in that as well.

In Raavanan’s favor:

1. Vikram as Veera (perfect guy for the role)

2. Prithiviraj as Dev

2. Prabhu and Karthik in a Mani Ratnam film after the famous 1988 film “Agni Nakshatram”.

In Raavan’s favor:

1. AB as Beera (The characterization seems slightly different in the Hindi version)

2. Vikram as Dev (finally this great actor is getting a wider audience)

3. I somehow liked the songs in Hindi better. The lyrics in the Tamil version at times seemed contrived to fit the tune.

The last time Mani Ratnam did a multilingual film was his “Yuva” in Hindi and “Ayudha Ezuthu” in Tamil. The Tamil version was so much better than the Hindi version in many regards; especially the portrayal of the character called “Michael”. Surya did a fantastic job in that film and above all, one of the best scenes in the movie was not there in the Hindi version at all; don’t know why!

I have watched all of Mani Ratnam’s films except a very old one called “Pagal Nilavu” and the greatest thing of his films are the scenes; the intense scenes.

And the unique way in which songs are captured; absolute genius!!! A genius does not need foreign locations to portray songs.


PS: Did I tell you that I would also be watching the Telugu dub version called “Villain” as well?

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010 4:06 am

    Are these movies releasing in any of the theatres around here? I would love to watch the Tamil one for sure, the only hitch is that Ash is gonna be unavoidable in both 😥
    OG: most def……………… I am planning to watch both this weekend……….. which part of US are u in???

    ROFL at second line.

  2. June 16, 2010 5:20 am

    Oh, go on, watch all the versions and then tell me which one to go for…I am unable to convince ppl at home to come along for this movie…they all want to go for karate kid…sob…sob…
    OG: u need to convince them to “also” watch karate kid 😛 😛 😛 hahahaha

    • June 16, 2010 5:21 am

      BTW, loved thalapathi, alaipayuthey – Maniratnam films are worth the money on the ticket. 🙂
      OG: most def.!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. June 16, 2010 6:30 am

    Just dropped by to say ‘Present, Saar’ 🙂
    OG: haha 😛

  4. June 16, 2010 8:20 am

    Watching villain as well … cool 🙂

    A genius does not need foreign locations to portray songs – Well said! Hear pls YRF 😛 😛
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛

  5. June 16, 2010 1:26 pm

    The telugu version is called Villain? We thought we would just watch the tamil version, even though we might not get all the dialogues, but now that you mention there is a telugu one, we would watch both. Somehow Mani’s Hindi movies have a tinge of the south in them, and that does not go down very well with me. Also, whenever there is a tamil/telugu movie and a hindi one for which Rahman composes the music, the tamil/telugu versions are top notch whereas the hindi one is just about okay(that is of course relative, his okay is exceptional for other run of the mill music directors!) … phew….long comment.
    OG: one the other hand, that tinge of south is exactly what the north needs 😛 😛 😛

    • June 17, 2010 12:47 pm

      That could be true 🙂

      I like his tamil/telugu songs better because the music fits the lyrics better, bollywood tends to make everything masala.

  6. June 16, 2010 4:19 pm

    Heads up from another die hard maniratnam fan here…
    and yea..I would first watch the tamil version as mani is more at ease in his mother tongue..
    but as u said…the lyrics in tamil seemed force fit into the music…thats a bit of a downer..
    OG: completely agree aliya………………

  7. June 17, 2010 5:46 am

    Am going for ravannan 🙂 Oh1 whAt about the Mallu version?

  8. June 17, 2010 7:53 am

    I dont think the Tamil version is releasing here… So I’d watch the hindi version first anyway. But I’ll check if the tamil is releasing, if so I’ll watch that too. It would be definitely interesting to note the comparisons… 🙂

  9. June 21, 2010 10:42 am

    AH..SO a Mani Ratnam fan aren’t u…ME too. U forgot the best..mine was Mouna Ragam the first, here it was music too and the acting poweress of Revathi …
    So I went to see Ravan with so much expectations..and well, u see it and decide…
    He who uses locations to make his characters powerful has banked on both but forgot the most important ingredient..the binding factor, the story line, the narration …
    I was disappointed..
    Am hoping Ravanan would be better, AB didnt work as Beera, though I loved him in Yuva…

  10. June 25, 2010 11:54 pm

    The lie detector test ruined the movie for me man! 😦

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