Was Mani Ratnam thinking about me when he cast Vikram in both the Hindi and Tamil versions of his interpretation of Ramayana? The promos have been around for the past few days and Mani’’s latest offering is set to hit the sceens on 18th June! Going by the promos, Vikram’s Veera seems to be more menacing and maniacal than Abhishek Bachchan’s Beera! Then why should I see the Hindi version?
Aishwarya Rai and Priyamani are enacting the same roles in both versions. Judging by the promos, they are emoting in the same way in both versions. The only difference will be the lip movements and the dialogues! Then why should I see the Hindi version?
Prithviraj stars in Raavanan! Emulating his dad’s style of acting whenever necessary, Prithviraj is the fastest rising star in the Malayalam industry. He might cross over to become the only superstar in Malayalam at the blink of an eye; although in this particular case, we have been blinking our eyes for a while! The “Prithviraj” factor again tips the balance in the favor the Tamil version.
The star power of Govinda, Ravi Kissen and relatively unknown Nikhil Dwivedi in the Hindi version is overpowered by Karthik, Prabhu and unknown Munna in the Tamil version. Karthik and Prabhu were excellent when they came together in Mani’s Agninakshatram two decades back! The optimist in me says sparks will fly like the earlier movie while the pessimist says they will have miniscule roles. Yet, I will watch the Tamil version because of this duo.
Then why should I watch the Hindi version? Mani, the marketing wizard, has cast Vikram in both versions. He enact to two different roles – antagonist in one and protagonist in another. Vikram will be enacting Prithviraj’s role in the Hindi version. Vikram has dubbed in his voice! Wouldn’t it be interesting to watch Vikram enact two different roles in the same story in different languages? It will be far better than dual role in the same movie!
Was Mani thinking about me?