Raavanan (2010)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 17 mins

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This thrilling and allegorical drama deals with the trials and triumphs in the life of Dev Prakash Subramaniam, a ruthless police officer. Upon being assigned the task of apprehending a bandit, he accordingly re-locates with his wife, Ragini to the criminal's home ground. Shortly thereafter, while investigating another matter, he is notified that his wife has been abducted by Veeraiya, a tribal gangster. Dev, in the company of several well-armed policemen, and guided by a forest guard, relentlessly pursues this elusive bandit who is both revered and feared by the local residents; while Ragini slowly attempts to discern the real reason behind her abduction. When she discovers that he has taken the drastic step to wreak vengeance upon the law enforcement authority, for the death of his sister as a result of police custodial torture and brutal rape. Where will her loyalties lie? How will justice be served? Will Ragini's life be spared, and if so, will she be happy to return to the safety of her husband's embrace? The film explores the search by the officer, whilst exploring the changing emotions that the three protagonists experience with each other, leading to a riveting climax, situated in the jungle.
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Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), Manikandan V (Director of Photography), Santosh Sivan (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U/A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Adventure

Release Dates: 18 Jun 2010 (India)

Tagline: Ten heads, ten minds, a hundred voices one man

Tamil Name: ராவணன்

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Did you know? Director Mani Ratnam had suffered a heart attack during the shoot, which delayed the filming considerably. Read More
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as Ragini Subramaniam
as Veeraiya
as Hemanth
as Gyanaprakasam
as Singarasan
as Dev Prakash Subramaniam
as Vennila
as Annam
as Raasathi

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Film Type:
Feature
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Mani Ratnam

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Karthik

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Benny Dayal

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Shreya Ghoshal

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Tanvi Shah, AR Reihana, Benny Dayal

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Jali Fily Cissokho

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Bruno Conn

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: SI Rajashekar

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Taglines:
Ten heads, ten minds, a hundred voices one man
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Villain (Telugu)
Trivia:
While Ratnam was impressed with Aishwarya Rai's Tamil and had planned to let her dub, actress Rohini, who had earlier dubbed for Rai in Iruvar and Guru, ended up lending her voice to the character.

Abhishek Bachchan, who plays Beera in "Raavan", the Hindi version of this movie, was originally going to play Ragini's husband in this film to form a perfect foil between the two films. However he turned it down as he was not very good with the Tamil language.

The opening lines of the song "Ranjha Ranjha" is adapted from Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah's "Ranjha Ranjha Kardi".

The film had an uncharacteristically long shoot, due to the fact that it was simultaneously shot with its Hindi-language version "Raavan", meaning that every scene had to be shot twice with different actors.

The film was shot in various unseen locations in the forests of Athirapally, Tumkur, Ooty, Jhansi, Calcutta, Mahabaleshwar and in the Malshej Ghats.

The film's basic plot is inspired from the religious Hindu epic Ramayana, where the demon Ravana kidnaps Sita, the wife of Vishnu-avatar Rama, as well as the life of revolutionary leader Kobad Ghandy.

Director Mani Ratnam had suffered a heart attack during the shoot, which delayed the filming considerably.