Raavan - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

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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Plot Summary

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 Worked

  • The editing in the opening sequence.
  • Introducing shots of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - you could sense her claustrophobia
  • The irony in the rappelling scene
  • Some of the Beera and Ragini's reactions to the way they were feeling. Insightful and well expressed.
  • Ragini's strong character - she gets respect and even the worse and most merciless of men cannot hit her
  • The choreography. Very earthy and fresh. Performed with all vigor and the dancers were enjoying their work
  • What did not

    Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

    • 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