Saturday, June 12, 2010

I’m just a storyteller : Mani


The ‘Guru’ of Indian cinema is getting ready to showcase his magnum opus to audiences, but Mani Ratnam is nonplussed with the excitement surrounding his double offering Raavan and Raavanan. Like every film of his, Raavanan too will be an intense take on personal relationships.

Changing equation
It’s about two characters — Veera and Dev — both seen through the eyes of Ragini. In that sense, Ragini is perhaps the only character that’s close to the audience. Basically, the film revolves around the hunter, the hunted and the trap. The catch is that the three main characters are always changing and in different positions.

Casting coup
50 per cent of my job gets done when I get the casting right. With Lallan (Abhishek’s character in Yuva), we tried something drastically different and we went back to the same position when we got started on Raavan. By doing that, we struggle through our film; that’s what works.

Safety issues during shoot
We are on a job and it’s our duty to get it right. But we made sure that everyone involved was safe.

Hindi v/s Tamil
Yes, there will be subtle changes in the two versions as the characters are being played by different actors. While Vikram plays Dev in the Hindi version, he plays Veera in the Tamil flick. That gives a different perspective to the roles. But, the basic thread of the film will be the same.

Giving shape to Raavanan
I can’t pinpoint an exact time when the idea of this film came to my mind. At times, it’s just a seed that lies in the mind. When I started my career in films, I thought I’d get it right after directing a few movies. But that hasn’t been the case; Raavanan was as tough as my first film. We kept shaping the characters and subject as we went about shooting.

Four different climaxes?
If only I had the capacity to shape four climaxes, I would have done many films by now! It’s hard to get one climax right, leave alone four.

Source : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Im-just-a-storyteller-Mani/articleshow/6041119.cms

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