Dev Pratap Sharma – The Punisher, The Law, The Righteous (Vikram)
Ragini – Conscience, Beauty, Music (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)
A HUNDRED VOICES
Did, such a man ever exist
Was’ he Just a myth… or does he live even today…?
What is the line that divides Good from Evil..?
Do our understanding change when we look from the opponent’s perspective…?
The bond between the hunter and the Hunted between the Captor and the Captive seems to be a bond of do or die… The tension between opposites often seems so electric, that it isolates them from the rest of the world, leaving just the two – All alone…
Are Ten Heads better then one…?
Is there a Ram inside Raavan?
And a Raavan Inside each of us??
RAAVAN is not a story. It is a world.
Dev falls in love with Ragini, a spunky classical dancer who is as unconventional as him.
They get married and he takes up his new post in Lal Maati, a small town in northern India. A town where the word of law is not the police but Beera, a tribal who has, over the years, shifted the power equation of the place from the ruling to the have- nots of the area.
Dev knows, that the key to bringing order to any place is to vanquish the big fish; in this case- Beera. In one stroke Dev manages to rip open Beera’s world, and set in motion a chain of events which will claim lives, change fortunes. Beera, injured but enraged hits back starting a battle that draws Dev, Beera and Ragini into the jungle.
The jungle which is dense, confusing, scary. And in this journey they must comfort their own truth. A journey which will test their beliefs, convictions and emotions. Emotions, which are as scary and confusing as the forest.
The forest becomes the battleground. The battle between good and evil, between Dev, and Beera, between Ram and Raavan. But when the lines dividing good and evil are blurring fast whose side will you take.
When hate turns to love and the good start’ looking evil, which side will you battle for? Love is a battle that nobody wins but everyone must fight. Even this Raavan.
Written and directed by Mani Ratnam, it stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Vikram in the lead roles while Govinda, Ravi Kishan, Nikhil Dwivedi, Tejaswini Kolhapure and Priyamani play key supporting roles.
It has been simultaneously made in Tamil as RAAVANAN with a slightly different cast. Vikram, who plays Dev in Hindi version, plays Veera, a Naxalite leader (Ravana) in Tamil version, whereas Prithviraj plays a Police officer.
Abhishek Bachchan is there only in Hindi version; however Aishwarya Rai is there in both the versions. The film is also dubbed into Telugu and other regional languages.
Mani Ratnam has approached the story from the perspective of Veera (RAAVAN).
The music and lyrics of the movie are done by Oscar winners A. R. Rahman & Gulzar. The audio rights are with T- Series.
RAAVAN, which hits the screens in June 2010, is jointly distributed by Madras Talkies and Big Pictures.