Mani Rathnam's Raavana in July

The wait seems to be over now; we are talking about Mani Rathnam's Raavana/ Raavan. There is no need of any introduction when it come to Mani Rathnam, because his very name pulls crowds to theatres. The veteran director is currently busy with his big budget bilingual tentatively titled Raavana in Tamil and Raavan in Hindi.

Earlier, there were reports that a 90-second teaser of the Hindi version would be launched soon. Now, the latest we hear is that the film will grace theatres in July; the director plans to release the film simultaneously in Hindi and Tamil. Sources add that the ace director is working overtime to finish the film by July. However, Mani decided to re-shoot a couple scenes he was not too satisfied with. With the re-shoot, Mani now feels that Raavana has come out very well.

Raavana, said to be the modern adaptation of the epic Ramayana, revolves around Raavana, the ruler of Lanka, who kidnapped Sita. The story culminates with Sita supporting Raavana instead of Rama, who suspects her chastity after having spent so much time in Raavana’s custody.

Vikram plays the villain. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai are the lead pair in Hindi, while Vikram will play the lead opposite Aishwarya in Tamil. Music is by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman. Raavana is produced by Mani Rathnam's sister Sharda under Rathnam's banner Madras Talkies.


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