Raavanan (Villain) (2010)
Passions ignite when Dev marries free-spirited classical dancer Ragini, and the two newlyweds move to a town in northern India that has fallen under control of Beera -- a powerful tribal leader who has gone above the law to take control of the remote region. When Dev incurs Beera's wrath, all three are drawn into the darkest depths of the jungle, where the line between good and evil begins to blur, and their convictions are put to the ultimate test. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
as Beera Munda
as SP Dev Pratap Sharma
as Sanjeevani Kumar
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Critic Reviews for Raavanan (Villain)
While it's hard to see why Villain was so feted by the Japanese academy, the moody, social-realist vibe makes this worth a look.
A.R. Rahman's omni-present score is as overbearing as most other aspects of this overwrought melodrama.
Only director Mani Ratnam could have the dexterity to ascribe the story of The Ramayana to a raw, modernist setting and yet remain faithful to the original story.
The love triangle is as tediously underwhelming as the slo-mo action, but the actors, costumes and lush mountainsides are easy on the eye.
An exhilarating and thrilling adventure brimming with lush, breathtaking visuals, lively musical numbers and a captivating love triangle.
Very satisfying entertainment for the eyes, ears and heart - mythic romance and action adventure to a throbbing beat.
Pan-Indian saga with epic sweep, intense emotion and gorgeous images.
Artful but not arty, Mr. Ratnam, whose films include Dil Se and Guru, delivers the goods.
Dark, psychologically trenchant modern retelling of the ancient epic The Ramayana, with a police inspector's wife held captive in a jungle by a near-mythic tribal leader.
Not unusually for a Bollywood movie, Raavan combines beautiful photography, over-the-top acting, cheesy special effects and musical numbers that stretch things out well beyond the two-hour mark.
Ratnam's pace is steadfastly brisk, and his film is replete with dizzying camerawork, myriad complications, violent mayhem, broad humor, usual musical interludes, a cliffhanging climactic confrontation and a finish that strikes a note of poignancy.
Bollywood golden couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan star in this absurdly extravagant melodrama, rife with cliches, song-and-dance showstoppers, macho action sequences and lush tourist board-approved landscapes.
Somewhat succeeding as a specimen of pulpy, viscerally lavishing moviemaking, but largely weighed down by overly sentimental subplots, mostly thin characters, and an aural onslaught of a score.
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