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Experts who worked on South filmmaker’s new release starring Ash and Abhishek speak
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; June 9, 2010)
Okay, it can be shared with you, there was sneak preview held of Mani Ratnam’s Raavan… and those privileged to catch it are of the opinion that the master filmmaker from the South has a soul-stirring and dramatic film on hand with the perfect ingredients of a box-office winner. Mani, of course, is a reverred name in showbiz. He made the crossover from Tamil cinema to Bollywood with the dexterity of a mountaineer — to scale dizzy heights with Roja, his very first Hindi release two decades ago, and continue rising with Bombay, Saathiya, Yuva, and Guru after that. And now there’s Raavan, slated for release on June 18.
The film has a superlative starcast headed by Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan and Vikram, music by Oscar winner A R Rahman, lyrics by the Oscar winner Gulzar, and is produced by Madras Talkies in association with Reliance BIG Pictures. Action director Shyam Kaushal explains Mani’s mantra: the harder you strive, the better you deliver. Says Shyam, “The shooting for Raavan began last year January in Kolkata, then Ooty, and the climax was shot on Malsej Ghat where there’s a scene on bridges 2,000 feet above mountains. Mani loves challenges and likes challenging his actors and technicians too. His quest for perfection puts them through a gruelling routine.”
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R Balki’s beloved progerian character Auro from his film Paa will continue to live on as part of a series of animation films and comic books likely to be called ‘The Adventures Of Auro’. Confirming the news, Balki said, “Auro has acquired the aura of a national icon. Kids, grownups, everyone loves the old child. And the pressure to take Auro beyond the film is immense. Animation films and comicbooks are on the cards. Auro does have immense animation possibilities. It’s time to explore those possibilities.” The filmmaker, who rejected a sequel to Paa, is happy to see Auro go into the realm of animation. For him, cinema is about the emotional interaction among characters. Although he comes from the ad world, computer graphics and special effects do not constitute a motion picture experience for Balki. “That’s where I think Paa has scored with audiences,” he said, explaining Auro’s global appeal. Meanwhile, the Progeria Research Foundation in the US has suggested a series of tie-ups with Balki and the film’s producers AB Corp Ltd. Audrey Gordon, president and executive director of the foundation, wrote to Balki telling him how the film made an emotional connection with kids suffering from progeria around the world and suggested tie-ups that the filmmaker is happy to implement.