Mani Ratnam’s much-awaited Raavan — starring Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and South-Indian superstar Vikram — is a landmark adaptation of the ancient epic ‘Ramayana’, moulded to suit the contemporary tastes.

Raavan is the story of police inspector Dev (played by Vikram) and his classical dancer wife Ragini (Aishwarya) who relocate to Lal Maati, a remote town in Northern India, after marriage. But Lal Maati is run by Beera Munda (Abhishek Bachchan) who is a ruthless tribal and has shifted the power equation to the have-nots of the region. Dev, in his attempt to restore order, is forced to create disturbance in Beera’s world, thus starting a chain of events which hauls both Dev and Ragini into a struggle to survive in jungles and deepest ravines of region. Testing the power of good and evil, Dev and Beera fight a battle which only gets nail-biting as the movie progresses.

Shot at dazzling locations, Raavan has some amazing spine-chilling stunts, excellent cinematography, mesmerising music by a genius like A.R.Rahman, exceptional direction by Mani Ratnam and outstanding performances from the actors.

With so much of talent from the Indian film industry joining to put together a work like Raavan, the audience expectations are going to be high from the movie. However, the movie promises to completely absorb its audience through its emotional tension and excellent direction.

It is to be noted that Mani Ratnam, who is known for his great direction in movies like Roja, Bombay, Guru and Yuva, was recently honoured with Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award 2010 at the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Raavan will be releasing on June 18, and have its world premiere on the 16th of June in London.

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