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Raavanan at 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

Written By Chiyaan Vikram on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 10:03 AM

Raavanan at 29th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival:

When: Sunday, March 13 2011 09:30 PM
Where: Castro Theatre
429 Castro St , SAN FRANCISCO CA 94114-2019

Director Mani Ratnam (BOMBAY; DIL SE; GURU) is recognized as one of India’s top filmmakers both at home, where his diverse works in the Tamil-, Telugu- and Hindi-language industries are box-office and critical successes, and abroad, where he was honored with a retrospective at the Toronto Film Festival. Shot simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi versions, his newest thriller RAAVANAN is a contemporary retelling of the Ramayama epic, turning the lush, rain-swept greenery of South India into a stunning mythic land of forest dwellers, mud-covered armies, outlaws, rebels and lovers. This gorgeously visual update of a classic tale brings together some of India’s top talent (and frequent Ratnam collaborators), including screen icons Vikram and Aishwarya Rai (who kick-started her post-Miss World acting career in Ratnam’s IRUVAR, from 1997) and composer A.R. Rahman (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE).

Public enemy number one Veera (Vikram) is an irreverent lawbreaker and a brutal but beloved tribal leader. When his sister is captured and abused by police, Veera orchestrates the revenge kidnapping of the police chief’s wife, Raagini (Rai). As Veera drags Raagini through jungles and forests, keeping one step ahead of the ruthless police, a strange attraction begins to grow between captor and captive, the gruff yet honorable Veera, and the beautiful, proud Raagini.

Shot in Kerala and Ratnam’s birth state of Tamil Nadu, RAAVANAN is a powerhouse return to Tamil filmmaking for Ratnam, and signals the continued vibrancy of that region’s cinema. Superbly choreographed musical numbers and cinematography by Santosh Sivan and V. Mandikandan further add to this sweeping tale of love, jealousy and violence.


Regular - $12.00
Student/Senior - $11.00

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