Mani Ratnam’s VILLAIN (2010) Review
Director : Mani Ratnam
Music Director : A. R. Rahman
Producer : Mani Ratnam
Starring : Vikram, Aishwarya Rai, Prithviraj, Karthik Muthuraman, Priyamani , Prabhu and others…
Watched at: Sensation,Hyderabad
Mani Ratnam’s much hyped movie of the year released today amidst much fanfare all across the world and I happened to watch it on first day first show. I’m somewhat in a fix about this movie and still thinking what happened and who is the Villain of the movie? I’m a huge admirer of Mani Ratnam’s work and it shows in his films, this film is no exception. That’s why he gets all the accolades and awards.Villain film is a battle between the good and evil and it captures the essence of extreme human emotions.
S.P in forest region of Anantapur district Dev (Prithviraj) takes on direct attack with Veerayya aka Veera (Vikram), the leader of downtrodden forest living tribes. Movie starts on a great note with Raagini (Aishwarya Rai), wife of Dev kidnapped by Veera and his gang. Veera’s elder brother Singaraju (Prabhu) and younger one Chakri (Munna) help Veera to get Raagini into the forest with an intention to kill her. The fearless attitude of Raagini impresses them and slowly Veera gets attracted towards her beauty and simplicity.
On the other hand Dev starts his hunt into the forest for Raagini with assistance from his battalion and Gnyana Prakasham (Karthik), the forest guard. Now and then Raagini attempts to escape from the clutches of Veera but fails. At a point when Inspector Hemant, member of Dev’s troop was caught alive by this tribals; Raagini questions Veera about the moto behind her kidnap. Here comes the small flash back where Veera’s sister Vennela (Priyamani) is being cheated by her timid lover cum husband who hand overs Vennela to police forces who are in search of Veera. These police forces in the station rape her and poor Vennela is dead unable to bear the insult. Veera wants to take the revenge on these cruel police thus kidnaps Raagini.
At the end, there will nothing define as WHO WAS WRONG and WHO WAS RIGHT? . The ultimate decision about the right judgment lies in the hands of no one, but you. Might be for the situation, there may be few debates popping up sooner after the show is over as few people may advocate for Beera, while others Raghini and Dev.
Vikram as Veera is the perfect choice; he is such a natural actor. His performance was the one of the main pillars of the movie, I don’t know why but I still have this strong feeling Mani Ratnam failed to bring 100% out of him. He could do a lot better, I was slightly disappointed but nevertheless justification was done to Veera.
One of the best characters Aishwarya Rai Bachchan played till date is Raagini. She was most beautiful in scenes when required and showed guts when jumping of the cliff all of a sudden in a particular scene. On a whole she was just fabulous as Raagini.Prabhu was at his best, karthik acted as Hanuman (he really jumps around the trees!). Priyamani was good, she was there for only 20-30minutes but most of the movie revolves around her character, and rest of the artists did their bit. Special mention to Nityananda’s girlfriend Ranjitha(could be her last movie?) but she didn’t have any role in the movie.
More than songs, the background score by A.R. Rahman will surely receive more welcome as the musician has well performed enhancing the breathtaking shots of Santhosh Sivan.Shekar Prasad editing is superb.
Tag: As TECH demo VILLAIN (Raavan) is masterpiece..as a adaptation of an epic,its disaster..