Raavan - Notepad
It's so confusing when seriousness is dealt with song and dance. Wish the film was advertised as modern Ram Leela performed in a tribal theater. That expectation would have prepped me to deal with the over-dramatization a lot better.
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A police officer, Dev (Vikram) known for his finesse at getting hold of law-breakers offends the local Robin Hood, Beera (Abhishek Bachchan). The latter kidnaps Dev's wife, Ragini (Aishwarya Rai) as revenge only to be mesmerized by her bravery.
What did not
- Background score used for Sanjeevani's (Govinda's) scenes, especially in his first scene.
- Some of the close-ups of the flora and fauna looked like you are watching Nat Geo
- The farce that Sanjeevani hears something in the jungle.
- The romanticization of a kidnapping
- Where did the fire come from after the "rapelling" scene?
- Abhishek's sharp silhouette - way too on-the-face
- The vuvuzela-like background music in some of the scenes.
- The attempt to create chemistry between Beera and Ragini
- Ragini jumping into a valley, getting stuck on a branch as if she was practicing her dance moves while she was falling.
- The way beautiful pieces of screenplay - Beera giving way to his emotions; Jamuniya (Priyamani) reliving her horrors; the awesome extended climax - is let down by some god-awful melo-dramatization.
- Various continuity jerks - aishwarya's make-up, Vikram's stubble, etc
- Lame dialogues referencing Ramayan, especially the references to the number 14