Raavanan (Villain)
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Passions ignite when Dev marries free-spirited classical dancer Ragini, and the two newlyweds move to a town in northern India that has fallen under control of Beera -- a powerful tribal leader who has gone above the law to take control of the remote region. When Dev incurs Beera's wrath, all three are drawn into the darkest depths of the jungle, where the line between good and evil begins to blur, and their convictions are put to the ultimate test. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The love triangle is as tediously underwhelming as the slo-mo action, but the actors, costumes and lush mountainsides are easy on the eye."
‑ Aaron Hillis, L.A. Weekly
"Not unusually for a Bollywood movie, Raavan combines beautiful photography, over-the-top acting, cheesy special effects and musical numbers that stretch things out well beyond the two-hour mark."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A.R. Rahman's omni-present score is as overbearing as most other aspects of this overwrought melodrama."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Very satisfying entertainment for the eyes, ears and heart - mythic romance and action adventure to a throbbing beat."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"Somewhat succeeding as a specimen of pulpy, viscerally lavishing moviemaking, but largely weighed down by overly sentimental subplots, mostly thin characters, and an aural onslaught of a score."
‑ Adam Keleman, Slant Magazine
"Pan-Indian saga with epic sweep, intense emotion and gorgeous images."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Ratnam's pace is steadfastly brisk, and his film is replete with dizzying camerawork, myriad complications, violent mayhem, broad humor, usual musical interludes, a cliffhanging climactic confrontation and a finish that strikes a note of poignancy."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Only director Mani Ratnam could have the dexterity to ascribe the story of The Ramayana to a raw, modernist setting and yet remain faithful to the original story."
‑ Poonam Joshi, Film4
"Dark, psychologically trenchant modern retelling of the ancient epic The Ramayana, with a police inspector's wife held captive in a jungle by a near-mythic tribal leader."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Artful but not arty, Mr. Ratnam, whose films include Dil Se and Guru, delivers the goods."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"While it's hard to see why Villain was so feted by the Japanese academy, the moody, social-realist vibe makes this worth a look."
‑ David Hughes, Empire Magazine
"An exhilarating and thrilling adventure brimming with lush, breathtaking visuals, lively musical numbers and a captivating love triangle."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Bollywood golden couple Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan star in this absurdly extravagant melodrama, rife with cliches, song-and-dance showstoppers, macho action sequences and lush tourist board-approved landscapes."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian
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