Mythology has at all times discovered resonance in Bollywood movies — be it within the type of retelling or modern-day interpretations. Dussehra, which is widely known with towering effigies of Raavan, symbolising evil, being burnt with fireworks, marking evil’s destruction and the story of Ram and Raavan have additionally been recycled many a time in movies because the grandiose of such tales consistently perpetuating in cinema.
The latest instance being the poster of Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari that includes Manoj Bajpayee don a Raavan-esque avatar with ten heads depicting totally different side of his character in his movie.
“The idea of villains in movies have at all times stemmed from Raavan. You are taking among the best villains and you will note glimpses of that. In recent times, filmmakers have moved past the villains aspect and likewise began wanting on the humane aspect of Raavan too in addition to the clever aspect,” says commerce analyst Joginder Tuteja.
Mani Ratnam explored a complete new dimension in his movie Raavan (2010) starring Abhishek Bachchan taking part in bandit chief Beera Mudra. The movie was a contemporary story of Ramayan from Raavan’s perspective. Anubhav Sinha took the sci-fi route to determine his antagonist Ra.One, additionally the identify of the movie, which noticed Arjun Rampal play the function of an evil online game character who involves life.
Even filmmaker Om Raut’s subsequent, Adipurush, is a retelling of Ramayana, which can see Saif Ali would Khan play the character of Ravan whereas Prabhas would step in as Lord Ram.
“I’ve had this story with me since my school days and I made a decision to revisit it just lately,” shares the Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero filmmaker, including, “I don’t discover it daunting in any respect. I really like historical past and mythology. I really feel no matter I learn and I perceive, I translate that into cinema and it provides me a fantastic probability as a filmmaker to recreate the period and nuances from the previous onscreen. I get to revisit and thru me, so does the viewers.”
Not simply literal recreations, however Raavan and bits and items from Ramayan, have additionally typically been used not directly, in dialogues, in visuals or backdrop or metaphors in a number of movies.
In Rudrakash (2004), filmmaker Mani Shankar depicted how a devotee of Raavan (performed by Suniel Shetty) was within the seek for the Rudraksha, which was the identical that Raavan left behind after his dying. In Kalank (2019) as nicely there was a reference from the Ramayan when a towering Raavan effigy burns on the again, as Alia Bhatt’s character Roop and Varun Dhawan’s Zafar’s meet for the primary time.
Even movies similar to Akshay Kumar-starrer Rowdy Rathore (2012) and Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan (2018) have references of Ram and Raavan.
“The idea of excellent triumphing over evil can by no means go fallacious and I believe in our films additionally you see the identical concepts being flashed in varied story codecs. It’s additionally vital for generations to know concerning the mythology. These are timeless tales and even just lately when Ramayan was telecasted once more, it bought a lot viewership. Folks find it irresistible so why not,” says commerce professional Taran Adarsh.