43. Above the law ??

Law - "The principles and regulations established in a community by some authority. "

We have all gone through all these definitions ,phrases & various acts of law from school an umpteen number of times but more often than not these lines become just lines in our society.

All these so called laws are like a tissue paper in a restroom which are used at will & when necessary especially by the authorities who are responsible for enforcing them.

And finally its the aam aadmi (common man) who pays the price in this puppet show called democracy where the judicial society are well above the reaches of the so-called law.

PLOT : " A local village rebel kidnaps the wife of a police officer to prove a point that no one's above the laws of justice but things take a drastic turn when he decides to kill her. "

First things first ,With Raavanan Mani Ratnam has threaded on a path that is well known here in India ,Ramayana is a well known epic among indians on which the plot of the movie is loosely based on ,kudos to the director for taking this path & showcasing a refreshing premises.

There are mixed reviews among people upon the film's release but i'm for one who would say that i thoroughly cherished the movie from the intense start to the poetic ending.

Screenplay moved with the flow of the film that reverberated with powerhouse performances from the lead actors and the supporting cast ,the director deserves the credit for bring out stellar performances from his crew.

Vikram as the protagonist is the shinning light in the movie's cast ,his character of a man with complex thinking has surely struck the right chord in the film ,he shouts ,he's silent ,he imitates ,he growls thereby exposing all his bottled up emotions.

Aishwarya Rai ,the lead lady goes through grueling sessions of physical & mental hardships that put to test all her years of experience which turns out impressive.Prithviraj as her husband is stiff physically & emotionally which reflects his role as a cop.

The other supporting cast includes Karthik ,Prabhu ,Vaiyapuri ,Priyamani ,John Vijay & Munna.They too were a treat on screen ,all of them had their meaty share of roles that were utilised well.

Cinematography by
Santosh Sivan and V. Manikandan is one of the best i have seen ,all the beauty locales were justifiably filmed ,it would rival the best picture demos.Everything was so mesmerizingly shot.

Stunts by Shyam Kaushal and Peter Hein are topnotch ,a single stunt scene where the lead lady crashes to the river was so beautiful ,editing by 7 time national award winner A. Sreekar Prasad was evident in his crisp clips of the film's songs.

A. R. Rahman's songs & background score provide enough chills & moods to the films at the right places ,his association with Mani Ratnam has beared fruit yet again.

The premises for the plot of revenge & kidnapping is a tried and tested one but what makes Raavanan special is not its plot but the cinematic treat the film offers at the hands of one of India's finest directors ever.

The director's lead character Veeraiya portrays aam aadmi's (common man) sufferings at the hands of the judicial authorities who get away with all the atrocities they do in the name of law.

Such is the convenience democracy provides to these people ,say how many of these judicial people have ever been convicted for their atrocities ?

Are they above the law ??

  • Rating : "PG" for intense scenes of violence.
P.S : " Vikram has lead parts in both this film and its simultaneously-produced Hindi version Raavan (2010) ,however they are reversed.In the Hindi film he plays the role of Aishwarya Rai's husband. "


Rajlakshmi said...

haven't watched the movie... and frankly have no desire to watch it... the trailers seems so jungleee and violent ... its just not so appealing.

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Rajlakshmi

hmmm its one of the best shot films yaar ,u might change ur opinion once u watch the film :)

Raji U said...

Awesome view point..

with all the epic, negative and art and everything the plot of the movie was lost..

Thank you.. You brought it out.

I think it had a brilliance to the movie. You have to watch it as a Mani fan.. Its astonishing to me. :):)

I loved it and the review as well..

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Raji_U

Ur comments are really flattering :)

blueapple said...

just typed a comment.dont know if it came.

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ blueapple

ur comment didnt come :)

Chandrika Shubham said...

I was waiting for ur review of this movie. :) I haven't watched it but will watch it now for sure. Enjoyed reading ur review. :)

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Chandrika

Hey gimme ur feedback after watching the film :)

blueapple said...

hey satish,the film was quite disappointing.the crux of showing the problem was lost.there is no mention of the problems of the forest dwellers.and that could have done justice to all the hype made and it would hv been a platform to touch upon the burning issues of today.if vikram kidnaps SP's wife for the injustice done to his sister,how come all the anger and venegence that he has just convert to love the moment he sees Ash,and sita images resurfaces,when Ash says:my husband is like God and the twist in the tale is when she comes back to the villain.if wives could turn off from husbands who suspect them, it is highly impractical,as in the wife could walk away from a husband who doubts her, but, at this point coming back to the villain,seems unacceptable because, there is nothing like love or ven a friendliness that develops between them.(like we see in Kamalhassan's movie Guna ,how the girl falls in love with guna,who kidnaps)so why of all people Ash returns back to the villain?and coming to the role played by prithviraj,he is a chocolate hero.comparing to what surya did in kaaka kaaka and what prithvraj does- Prithviraj lacks the composed anger that is so unique of cops.and they could have shown as though Ash was also shot dead, it would hv added atleast to the tragic element.vikram has acted well, no doubt.but,i wonder if at all dacoits or a gang leader uses such langauges,some words he uses repeatedly,that is rather funny.songs are good.i dont know why they have made a hindi version and wasted so much money, they could hv dubbed.to sum up, the film has blood in it but there is no life!

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Saw it!!! Felt the story was not very strong!!! The camera did wonders!!! Its beyond amazing!!!
'Usire Pogudhu' paattukkaga usiraye kudukkalam!!! Rocking!!!

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Sat_hi_sh said...

@ blueapple

Wow ,never have i received such a loooong comment...
cant reply for ur queries though ,as i had already mentioned ,i just put up my experiences watching movies so all are welcome to agree or disagree :)

anyways got to agree with you in certain aspects..

Sat_hi_sh said...

@ Mitr

Yeah that song really rocked with wondeful camera work...

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