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i suck at resisting temptation, but also, I'm not really bothered about spoilers, so YES I READ IT. Great write up, I can't wait to see Govinda's performance myself :)


It's almost a blink and you miss it kind of role, and if it *hadn't* been Govinda, I think that's exactly what would have happened.

There was just too much of Abhishek. The film was out of balance because of that, I think. And Abhi just drove me nuts -- there were moments when his performance was brilliantly bang-on, and then he would spoil it with mugging or grinning (which was supposed to be a menacing leer, but ended up looking like his goofy grins in Dostana). Sigh.


Ohh my gosh, I gave in to temptation and read this simply because it was eating me u. I just needed to know about Chichi in this film, but even though he seems to be there for a short while, thats worth my ticket price! Thanks, and I'll be off to see it tomorrow!


I have to agree; though I loathed the film, Govinda's role in it was one of the few good things -- and there was not enough of him. The character in the Ramayana he's based on -- Hanuman -- has enough legends and tales both within the epic and on his own to warrant more screen time. But then again, Raavan did suffer from a lot of plot & action over character, so perhaps someone should make a nice modernised Hanuman movie starring Govinda. :)


@Rum I think you have to be a True Govinda fan to go see Raavan just for the brief moments he's in it :-)

@VLoveMovies I won't say I loathed the film -- but I do think it frustrated me. It seemed to do so much right, and then proceed to squander it in so many ways. And I am now very curious to see the Tamil version, particularly to see how the Hanuman-based character fares there. I don't want to speculate on the rumours, but I did have the distinct feeling watching it that Govinda's role had, in fact, been edited quite down, for whatever reason. (And I won't accept "to serve the plot" as one of those reasons, because clearly that's not the case.)


I've found that Western cricts' reactions to Raavan have been much kinder than Indian ones. This was the same case as Kites (last I checked that film had a 90% Fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating!), though personally didn't dislike Kites at all. But yes, my disappointment with Raavan does stem from frustration and, as you say, it squandering a lot of its potential.

Govinda's character, as the man caught in the middle who understands and respects both sides' points of view, would have made for much more of an interesting movie!


I think it would definitely have served to give us more understanding of character and motivation of both men had that role been bigger, and it would have been a role that served as the viewer's eye into understanding them and their complexities.

Sigh. There we go, another example of a wasted opportunity.

Anandini Sekhar

Ok, I have only seen the tamil version Raavanan, with Vikram in Abhishek's role, Prithviraj in Vikram's, and true yesteryear southie star Karthik in Govinda's role. I thought that Karthik's role was really good - very solid, lots of impact, fun, loveable, sweet and PERFECT for Govinda. I can't wait to see him in it. And I'm v. interested to see how Abhi tackles the Beera role ... Vikram was astoundingly good in it, as he always is. The chemistry between him and Ash was really incredible. I want to see the Hindi version, not only as a fan of Abhi & Govinda, but also to see Vikram do one scene in particular ... on the train at the end when he questions Aishwariya about her time with Beera. Prithviraj did a really good job in this scene, as did Ash whom I'm not usually a fan of. It was very subdued and effective - you felt your heart sink along with Ash's when he asked his very pointed questions with a poker face. I REALLY want to see Vikram do this scene.

I wasn't troubled by the lack of focus on other characters because this movie was essentially about Raavanan, and by default, Sita/Raagini/Ash. Karthik's role was great, Priyamani was really good as the sister, and I thought that Prabhu was a scene-stealer as Beera's elder brother - the loveable dacoit ... I likened his role to Kumbhakarna in the Ramayana, except he was awake. :-)


And now you've really whetted my appetite to see the Tamil version!

I've heard that Vikram was magnificent in it, and I can believe that. I think, for me, Abhi's performance, which was so uneven, threw so much out of balance that I was looking for the other characters to fill in the blanks, and it sounds like this did not happen in the Tamil version.

In fact, I think Ravi Kishan did a much better job than Abhi did at showing someone who was slightly unhinged by everything that was going on around him.

And I thought Vikram was very good as Dev, just not as good as I thought he would be in the Beera role.

And of course, I am biased, but I was charmed by Sanjeevani as Govinda played him, too :-)

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