Thursday, June 17, 2010

Raavan director Mani Ratnam explores his grey side through his heroes

Mani Ratnam is one of the most talented directors in Bollywood. In his twenty years of career as a director, he directed many movies that changed the face of Indian cinema. His latest movie, Raavan, is loosely based on Indian epic Ramayana.

Raavan mainly focuses on “Beera Munda” played by Abhishek Bachchan. He is a tribal leader who kidnaps the wife of a police officer. The movie mainly explores the relationship between the captor and captive. In the movie, Mani Ratnam ventured into the grey side of human nature.

However, this is not the first time Mani Ratnam made a movie that deals with dark side of human beings. His first major hit Nayagan, tells the story of a don in Mumbai. Dil Se, Roja, and Bombay deals with terrorism.

According to Mani Ratnam, his “less-than-perfect” heroes are actually a manifestation of his grey side which he likes to explore in his movies. He said,

"I don't know why my leading men have grey shades. Maybe I am trying to explore that side of me through them,.....I think they lend themselves more to the drama."

With Mani Ratnam, this is the third movie Abhishek Bachchan. Previously, Abhishek Bachchan did Guru and Yuva with Mani Ratnam. In Guru, Abhhishek Bachchan played ‘Gurukant Desai’ an unscrupulous businessman who does not hesitate to adopt illegal means. In Yuva, he played a small time criminal.

About Abhishek Bachchan, Mani Ratnam said, “Every time I worked with him, he had drastically different characters and each time he delivered. He is tremendous to work with. Abhishek is growing with every film. He is growing by leaps and bounds,” said the director who dared to give Abhsihek a negative role in “Yuva” that took the actor’s career to new heights.”

Raavan will release in theatres tomorrow. The movie will be released in 1280 prints in three languages.

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