Raavan – starring Ashwariya Rai and Amitabh Bachchan
The film Raavan is a modern take on the Indian epic story of Ramayana, in which Sita, the wife of Lord Rama, was abducted by the demon King of Lanka, Ravana. This movie definitely lives up to expectations and the hype surrounding the acting of Abhishek and Ashwariya. Abhishek has taken on a role which many would not expect to see him in and he delivers an award worthy performance as do the rest of the cast down to the children and villagers. This movie may not be your typical or traditional Bollywood film but is certainly worth watching for the characters, music and visuals. This character driven storyline takes the audience into the depths of the Indian Jungle where we encounter a kidnapping entangled with a love story. The only criticism is that the first part of the movie takes it’s time to get to the motivation behind the kidnapping. The lead, Ashwariya Rai has delved into a role which was both physically demanding but is visually stunning to watch and A.R Rahman’s score for this movie only enhances the film. Mani Ratnam has assembled a cast and crew who most certainly deliver! To experience the full impact of this movie and to appreciate its true value it’s a must watch in the cinemas!
Raavan – The Film Premiere
We attended the world premiere of Raavan held at BFI Southbank. Not a tradional venue to hold a world premiere however it was certainly the most memorable one we’ve been to. There’s something about the Bachchan’s which pulls in the crowds and creates a Euphoria you can’t help but get high on! Imagine the tradional red carpet with hundreds of screaming fans and added bonus of elegance and one man who commmands your respect Mr Amitabh Bachchan. A winning combination for a premiere which was entertaining, memorable and highly organised by Sterling Media. We also managed to see Shah Rukh Khan who is currenlty filming for his new film in London. It seems that London soon to become ‘Lollywood’ has a connection with Mumbai and Bollywood which will keep on growing!
The Red Carpet was rolled out to welcome Indian cinema royalty and off-screen couple, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan, as they brought the height of glamour to London’s cultural hotspot, BFI, Southbank, London SE1 on Wednesday 16th June 2010 at the World Premiere of ‘Raavan’, a darkly intense film that invites audiences into a new world order. The stars were honoured by a fanfare of cheers from the multitudes of fans and media that had gathered for the momentous event.
India’s most celebrated couple were joined at the action-packed premiere by fellow cast and crew members including the undisputed superstar of South Indian cinema, Vikram, and India’s most acclaimed director, Mani Ratnam. Fellow celebrities, VIP’s and dignitaries who attended the event included: Indian cinema’s most revered actor Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya Bachchan; fellow A-list international star, Shah Rukh Khan; Mayor of London’s Director for Transport Policy Kulveer Ranger; film director Gurinder Chadha; actors, Laila Rouass and Sadie Pickering; and musician Rishi Rich.
Following the excitement and action on the Red Carpet, the stars and leading crew members of the film took centre stage before the full house, to welcome guests and introduce the film. The glitzy event was followed by an after-party at exclusive eaterie and celebrity haunt, Oxo Tower Wharf, Waterloo, indulging guests with a bespoke menu of cocktails and canapés.
Drenched with atmosphere, emotion and gripping tension, ‘Raavan’ is a darkly intense, cinematic masterpiece that will draw audiences into the innermost depths of the human psyche to test their beliefs, convictions and emotions. The film wowed guests and audiences at the star-studded premiere, who left the venue spellbound.
Directed by Mani Ratnam (‘Dil Se’, ‘Bombay’), who is to be honoured with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award 2010 at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, ‘Raavan’s’ stellar cast is spearheaded by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (‘Bride and Prejudice’) and Abhishek Bachchan (‘Guru’, ‘Paa’) who perform their most challenging roles to date. They unite on screen in avatars never before seen by cinemagoers and are joined by the undisputed superstar of South Indian cinema Vikram, alongside supporting talent, Govinda, Ravi Kishan and Priyamani.
‘Raavan’s’ hypnotizing visuals by multi-award winning cinematographers Santosh Sivan and V. Manikandan are perfectly combined with a haunting soundtrack from multi Academy Award Winner, A.R. Rahman (‘Slumdog Millionaire’). The lyrics have been penned by Indian poet, lyricist and script writer Gulzar, a five times National Award Winner and the recipient of 17 Filmfare Awards.
Unconventional in equal but harmonized measures, police inspector ‘Dev’ (Vikram) and feisty classical dancer ‘Ragini’ (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) relocate to Lal Maati, a remote town in Northern India, after marrying. On arrival, they discover that the law of the land is firmly grasped in the hands of ‘Beera Munda’ (Abhishek Bachchan), a ruthless tribal who has shifted the power equation in the region from the ruling to the have-nots. Dev knows that the key to restoring order in Lal Maati is to vanquish Beera and in one fell swoop manages to create carnage in Beera’s world, thus setting in motion a chain of events which will claim lives and change fortunes. An injured but enraged Beera now drags both Dev and Ragini into battle through the deepest ravines of the jungle and a labyrinth of human survival. The journey ahead tests the very core of their existence as the lines between good and evil, between Dev and Beera, between Ram and Raavan become ever blurred.
‘Raavan’ is released by Reliance BIG Pictures in cinemas worldwide on Friday 18th June 2010.