I got to watch Raavan too on the first day itself. I felt so happy and proud to be a great movie buff among my friends by watching both the versions on the same day.
Raavan is not so good as Raavanan. In fact, worse than Raavan in terms of casting and performances. When the stills of Raavan & Raavanan were out, I felt Abhishek would be a better Raavan than Vikram. Mainly because of the cruelty he showed in his eyes and his height. But Vikram proves he’s the Raavanan in acting. None can beat Vikram in dialogue delivery and voice modulation. Rohini’s voice helped a lot to Raagini in Raavanan more than Aishwarya’s own voice in Raavan. Like Ash, Rohini’s voice also became a bit older. (On a positive note, both Ash and Rohini’s voice were so fresh in her debut Iruvar). Govinda is equally good as karthik in bringing out some laughs but when he jumps over trees it looks funny bcos of his weight. I wonder why Mani chose Ravi Kishan who is no match to Prabhu.
Vikram looks good but his big Raavanan mush doesn’t suit for Hindi Ram. But shaving his mush would spoil the characterin Tamil. Prithviraj being beaten by Vikram is believable but Vikram getting thrashed by Abhishek is quite incredible. Surprisingly, Priya Mani is good in both the versions. Ranjitha and her Hindi counterpart has no scope at all. Vyapuri as eunuch is a wow. He has more scenes than her.
The audio is better in Raavan. But the film Raavanan is better than Raavan. Santosh Sivan, Ash, Vikram & Priya Mani rock in both whereas Mani is missing in both.
Raavan : 2/5 ; Raavanan : 3.5/5