Artful but not arty, Mr. Ratnam, whose films include Dil Se and Guru, delivers the goods.
It is a pity that no one appreciates that mani ratnam is an authentic artist and not a director. Actors, visuals, songs, screenplay are just strokes in his canvas and unlike many filmmakers the artist never has troed or never shall be limited by the grammar of cinema.Raavan is not a visual spectacle but a layered metaphor with an intangible scaffolding. It is especially unfortunate that senior artists like Senior Bachchan fail to recognize that the artist i.e the director intentionally manipulated screenplay, extracted a particular kind of performance from the Junior Bachchan to paint a metaphor that is so eclectic, complex and yet beautiful. Even the resemblance to raamayan, and perhaps certain life of a particular jungle brigand, I suspect, where created intentionally to further layer and affect the metaphor called "raavan". I would seriously suggest people to watch iruvar by the same artist and the thin red line. Kindly don't try to analyze this work of art just try feeling it and don't watch it again as banality and sense of trite shall plague your experience.The condescending comments by Ms. Saltz in NY times "artful but not arty" but yet assigning it as a critic's pick just reveals that she has a lot of rungs to scale, to appreciate and cognitively sense art.
Jul 2 - 04:27 PM