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03-03-2012, 09:42 PM #1
Mani Ratnam's 'Raavanan' part of Austrian Film MuseumIndian filmmaker Mani Ratnam's 'Raavanan' is now part of the permanent collection at the Austrian Film Museum, which has so far only 15 Indian films in its list.
Alexander Horwath, director of the museum, was trying to get a copy of 'Raavanan' ever since he saw it at the Venice Film Festival where Ratnam received the Glory to the Filmmaker Award in 2010.
"It was a glorious evening and 'Raavanan' was screened after the award ceremony," Horwath told IANS.
Starring Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan and southern star Vikram, the bilingual was released in 2010 -- the Hindi version was titled 'Raavan' and Tamil one was called 'Raavanan'.
'Raavanan' is one of the 25,500 films already in the collection of the museum that is also home to a library with more than 20,000 books and over 200 magazine titles covering a broad range of film related topics. Horwath, however, regrets out of the thousands of films in his collection only about 15 are from India, including three works of Satyajit Ray and 'Veer Zaara'.
But he was so enchanted with the film that he saw the Hindi version and remains overawed at Ratnam's scope of engagement with both the literary and mythological aspects of his culture....being a human...