I've admired Abhishek's work in Mani Ratnam's earlier films YUVA and GURU, but despite putting his best foot forward, for some strange, inexplicable reason, Abhishek doesn't look convincing for the part. Also, the dialogue delivered by him aren't coherent at times. Aishwarya is wonderful, looking ethereal and enacting her part with conviction. Vikram is first-rate, although the role isn't substantial enough. Govinda fails to create any impact whatsoever. Amongst the plethora of actors, Nikhil Dwivedi [a revelation; very good], Ravi Kishan [nice] and Priyamani [perfect] stand out.
On the whole, RAAVAN is a king-sized disappointment, in terms of content. From the business point of view, a Mani Ratnam film might ensure a healthy opening [at plexes mainly], but the weak script on one hand and the heavy price tag on the other will make RAAVAN see red.
Mani Ratnam, who has penned the screenplay of RAAVAN, models his characters on the lines of 'Ramayana':
An upright cop, the punisher, the law/Lord Rama [Vikram];
His doting wife/Goddess Sita [Aishwarya Rai Bachchan];
The lieutenant he befriends in the forest/Hanuman [Govinda];
His confidante/Lakshmana [Nikhil Dwivedi];
The antagonist's sister, who triggers off the war/Surpanakha [Priyamani]
And, of course, the antagonist, the Robinhood turned Raavan who kidnaps the top cop's wife and keeps her in his custody, in his Lanka/Raavan [Abhishek Bachchan].