Than muyarchiyil satrum manam thalaraatha gils..intha varamum movie paaka theater went. Ticket as usual, ubayam G3 :D Nalla padama irunthalaye ozhiya ticket kaasu thara venaamnu avanga theermaanama solirukaangangaratha inga therivithu kolgiren :D
Manirathnam padam. Athuvum Vikram in negative role. Ennathaan mokkaiya irunthalum oralavuku okva thaan irukumnu nambi ponathu thappadicihi. Intha padathaiyum Ramayanam storiyaiyum compare panna Ramar villalaye naalu saathu saathuvar. Ravanan title ku badila "Rishi - Roja part 2" apdinu vachirukalam. Adhula Rishiya kadathitu povanga terrorist. Ithula Rojava kadathitu poranga. Avlovay difference. Athula vara mathirye hanging bridgela climax. Aana the similarity ends right there. Rojala there was a strong base for each character. Here none of the characters have any depth or base. Vikramoda role too is so very confused. Throughout the movie he comes as the good guy who is wronged rather than a villain. There is no bloody reason as to why the police wanted to kill him in encounter in first place. Just because the movie is named after the protagonist does that mean that Mani has to resort to this 80's way of story telling?!! and by the way STORY??? where the hell is that?!!! Now, Mani might have thought why would anyone need a story when you've a cast like Vikram, Prabhu, Karthik, Aish. Maybe the names would sell the movie. But again, even they made their names in movies with stuff and this one is definitely not there in that league.
First half is as entertaining as "Sarangi Vadhan" played in DD when any national leader mandaiya pottufies. Vikram quacks like a duck at times..oru vela Kandhasamy effecto? First scenela malai melenthu gudhikara maathiri kaatranga. Maybe Vikram symbolicala telling.."Folks..i am taking this plunge jus like u guys..going by the Maniratnam brand. Dont blame me if it comes out bad"!!!! Aishu also jumps..maybe fedup that she cant just catwalk and had to do lot other stuff similar to what cats really do. Karthik, donning Hanuman's role jumps around. But vayasaitathaala...he cant jump like Viks and Aish. Prithviraj also jumps..in the climax..more fed up than anyone for want of a decent role in the movie and by the time the movie ends..half the balcony seat viewers would've felt trying the same. Cant blame them.
The maximum whistles and catcalls were reserved for the 2 sec scene when Ranjitha comes in the movie, for obvious reasons. Priyamani does a miniature "Paruthiveeran" bearing less melodrama and noise. Prabhu comes around cooking or carrying food all the time. The much hyped thing of the crew repeating every scene twice falls flat in few editing mistakes when Aish is seen mouthing hindi words.
One gud thing is..the movie is just 2 hours. That means an hour less torture. Thank editor for that. The real hero of the movie is the camera man. WOW. The entire area is filled with fog. Still the picture is crystal clear. You dont have to be a pro to admire such a wonderful craftsmanship. Its sheer pleasure to see the visuals. So stunning and so natural. Crystal clear quality. And BGM !!! Rahman does a Raja in this movie. The background music blends so very well with the visuals. This movie is definitely not Maniratnam's best. Maybe if there is a list ever made for his worst..this wud feature right on top. There is just one scene in the whole two hour movie which catches attention..When Aish comes back and cries while talking to Vikram..he tries to console her and she does that quack sound. Touche. Rest of the scenes...forget it. Intha Kadhal konden climaxkagava ivlo bitta potanganu pakrapo kadupa thaan varuthu.
Gils review: Ravanan- Too many heads.. no brain.