Today celebrates the birthday of Tamil star Vikram (Kanthaswamy, Anniyan), who plays the leading man in the Tamil version of Mani Ratnam’s much anticipated Raavan. He plays the villian in the Hindi version, in which Abhishek Bachchan plays the lead.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan plays the leading lady in both versions of the film and it’s Tamil incarnation will include Priyamani (Paruthi Veeran), Prithviraj (Mozhi) and 80s star Karthik, the son of Muthuraman, who makes a come-back and is remembered for roles in films like Mani Ratnam’s Mouna Ragam.
Ash, as she is fondly know to fans and friends alike, is back in Tamil cinema, after her introduction to the world of cinema, by Mani Ratnam, in Iruvar and her last Tamil films which were certainly acclaimed – Jeans (Shankar) and Kandukondain Kandukondain (Rajiv Menon).
The celebrated Bachchan daughter law has 2 Tamil films in hand, the first to release is Raavan and the next is the Rajinikanth/Shankar movie Endhiran (previously titled Robot). Again, like in her 3 previous Tamil movies and her international film Provoked, she is blessed to be musically annotated by the tunes of AR Rahman.
Ash will dub her own voice in both languages and her exquisite dance skills will be enhanced by the choreography of Bharathanatyam exponent Padma Shri Shobana who acted in Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi and is the niece of the famous Travancore sisters Lalitha, Padmini and Ragini.
It is a film which has taken a while to complete and had even more expectation as AR Rahman joins hands with Mani Ratnam after Guru and his 2 Grammy and Oscar wins, Raavan is certainly on everyone’s lips. Guru was a big box office hit and it also starred Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan. Again, like most of Mani Ratnam’s films, it got a release in different regional languages of India.
The tagline of the film reads: "Ten heads, Ten minds, a hundred voices, one man – Is there a Ram inside Raavan and a Raavan inside each of us?"
We also share with you the first look poster with Abhishek Bachchan and also the trailer of the Hindi version of Raavan. The audio is pegged to be out on 24th April 2010.
The Thamarai team wishes Vikram a very happy birthday and much success in his very first outing with Mani Ratnam.