Ravana

  • Nothing controversial in 'Ravana Desam': Ajay Nuthakki November 13, 2013

    Chennai: Debutant director Ajay Nuthakki has reinforced that there is absolutely nothing controversial in the forthcoming bilingual Tamil-Telugu political-drama 'Ravana Desam', which is based on the refugees missing during the 2009 civil war in Sri Lanka. "My film is inspired from true events about the missing refugees of Sri Lankan war,...
  • Nitish Kumar greets people at 'Ravana Vadh' function in Gandhi Maidan October 14, 2013

    Marking culmination of the nine-day long Durga puja festival, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday attended the ceremonial 'Ravana Vadh' function at the historic Gandhi Maidan amid incessant drizzle and windy weather condition. Kumar formally inaugurated the 'Ravana Vadh' function by lighting a lamp and releasing balloons in the air...
  • Hundreds of devotees flock Dashanan temple to worship Ravan on Dusshera October 14, 2013

    Devotees all over the country immerse themselves in revelries on Dusshera to mark Ram's victory over 'evil' Ravan, but a few hundred pilgrims throng a temple in Kanpur every year to worship Ravan. Built in 1890, the portals of Dashanan temple open once a year on the occasion of Dusshera at...
  • Ravana was a great ruler, says a new book July 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Contrary to popular wisdom in India, a new book on Ravana, the 'demon king' in the Ramayana epic, says he ruled a rich and vast kingdom in ancient Sri Lanka, wrote books and built a maze of underground tunnels to protect his empire. According to 'Ravana, King of Lanka'...
  • Sri Lankan Buddhist group to ban some Tamil films May 11, 2013

    A Buddhist national group from Sri Lanka have recently demanded the National Film corporation of Sri Lanka to ban Tamil films that feature Superstar Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Vijay etc. The group (Ravana Balaya) has further mentioned that, in the recent agitation against Sri Lanka these celebrities observed fast against the...
  • Women who cross limits pay the price: MP BJP leader January 4, 2013

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party, a Madhya Pradesh Cabinet minister has stirred more controversy by making an irresponsible remark. He suggested that if women breach their moral limits, they ask for punishment. "Ek hi shabd hai - Maryada. Maryada ka ulanghan hota hai, toh Sita-haran ho...
  • Sharat Lohitashva to do comedy role in 'Sadagara' July 16, 2012

    The 100th film of Sharat Lohitashva 'Sadagara' is a big transformation from routine villain roles to comedy role. A stunner on Kannada screen, stage and television Sharat Lohitashva is the right son for the right father. His father Lohitashva is known for such magnificent portrayal of any given role. The...
  • Digvijaya compares Modi to Ravana June 13, 2012

    Ahmedabad: After sympathising with Sanjay Joshi following his "forced" exit from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has likened Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to demon king Ravana, asking him to shun vanity. "If you see Ravana, he had also a good track record of development, he...
  • Anna Hazare compares UPA Govt to 'Ravana' April 1, 2012

    Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare said that he and yoga guru Baba Ramdev will fight against the UPA government together. ...
  • Will Abhi-Ash's magic work in 'Raavan'? April 29, 2010

    Three years into their marriage and seven films together later, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan seem to have truly settled down now. In the promos of their seventh film, Mani Ratnam's Raavan which releases on June 18 this year, the two actors are looking like they have pulled out all...
  • WATCH: Abhi-Ash talk about Ravana April 16, 2010

    Catch Abhishek Bachchan with wife Aishwarya talking all about Mani Ratnam's upcoming film Ravana. The duo shares their experiences while shooting the film. ...
  • Abhishek will make a great Paa, says wife Ash December 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Aishwariya Rai says she is fully convinced that actor-husband Abhishek Bachchan will make a good father in real life because he is so "real and rooted". "Everybody has been asking me if Abhishek will be a good paa (father) in connection with the release of our forthcoming production Paa....
  • Shooting in a jungle was a reality check for me: Ash November 20, 2009

    Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been busy shooting for Mani Ratnam's Ravana for quite some time now, but CNN-IBN caught up with the actress in Mumbai and quizzed her on her forthcoming films and found out if she will be seen on Twitter soon. ...
  • HC quashes complaint against Harbhajan in reality show September 1, 2009

    Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday quashed a criminal complaint filed against cricketer Harbhajan Singh and TV actress Mona Singh for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of people during reality show Ek Haseena Ek Khiladi. Justice Mahesh Grover also slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 each on two...
  • Abhi-Ash's Ravana in official trouble again August 21, 2009

    New Delhi: The troubles don't seem to end for Mani Ratnam's latest film, Ravana. The film has landed in trouble with the Ahmednagar forest officials who have filed a complaint against 11 people for illegally setting up a film set inside the jungle for the shoot. They officials have also confiscated...
  • Tusker runs amok on Abhi-Ash's film set in Kerala July 30, 2009

    Chennai: Abhishek and Aishwarya had a close shave while shooting for Mani Ratnam's Ravana after an elephant ran amok on the sets in a jungle in Kerala. The tusker that was part of the shoot killed its mahout by piercing his left tusk into him. The stars, Mani Ratnam and...
  • Nikhil Dwivedi in Mani Ratnam's next May 18, 2009

    You lose some, you win some. According to the buzz, actor Nikhil Dwivedi had to crop his hair really short to get the much coveted role of Laxman in Mani Ratnam's film Ravana. The film stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the lead. Nikhil was asked to come down...
  • 'It was wonderful working with Sir Ben Kingsley' May 11, 2009

    The forthcoming International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards held a press conference at their new destination for the awards this year - Macau. The brand ambassador of the IIFA awards Amitabh Bachchan and got talking about IIFA'S new destination and about working with Sir Ben Kingsley. CNN-IBN: To begin with, why...
  • After Raavan, Abhishek-Aishwarya go Crooked March 23, 2010

    Mumbai: Real-life couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, who are busy wrapping up Mani Ratnam's Raavan, have now also teamed up for slick espionage film Crooked. They are carrying on with the trend set by them and another real-life pair, Saif Ali khan and Kareena Kapoor, who are playing spies in...
  • AB's baby packs a punch, makes his presence felt April 15, 2009

    Mumbai: Abhishek Bachchan is making his presence felt and literally so. The actor went about town attending back to events on Wednesday evening. CNN-IBN caught up with the actor to find out if it was some new record of sorts. "No, no. The record is of seven cities in 11 hours,...
  • Bolly Buzz: Six stars, two years, Rs 880 crore April 8, 2009

    With the global economic meltdown having claimed its first casualties in the last few months, it seems like the coming two years will be the most difficult for Bollywood. Even if you consider top six stars in the industry, the amount of money riding on them totals to approximately Rs 800...
  • Leaked! Ash-Abhi's Ravana story? March 20, 2009

    If my trusted aides are to be believed, the much guarded plot of Mani Ratnam's Abhishek – Aishwarya starrer bilingual Ravana is doing the rounds already! The story of the film goes like this: Abhishek Bachchan's sister gets publicly humiliated by the character played by South star Vikram. An angry Abhishek...
  • Abhi is the real Padma Shri, I'm his shrimati: Ash March 10, 2009

    AB Jr and wife Ash have been spending some good time together, thanks to Mani Ratnam. The two have been shooting for their film Ravana in Kolkata when TWF correspondent Sreya Basu caught up with the couple. Excerpts from the interview: Q. Why isn't anybody telling us what Ravana is about? Abhishek: Because,...
  • Shocking! Abhishek held at ransom by journalist March 9, 2009

    Mumbai: If sources are to be believed, Abhishek Bachchan found himself at the mercy of a journalist on the sets of Ravana. It so happened that a certain journalist from a prominent news channel trooped along to the sets of the Mani Ratnam film. Mani is known for his tight security on...
  • Meet Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, the mutli-tasker November 21, 2008

    Mumbai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is one busy lady — balancing films, brand endorsements and her personal life. Though Aishwarya was busy shooting in Kochi for Mani Ratnam's Ravana, she flew down to Mumbai for a day for her dad's 70th birthday. Add to that, she also walked the ramp for...
  • Watch: How India prepares for Diwali September 23, 2011

    India celebrates Diwali today and people across the country have been gearing up for the spirit of celebration. Diwali originates in Hindu mythology from the celebrations in Ayodhya, marking the return of Lord Rama to his kingdom from 14 years exile and after defeating Ravana. The festival also honours Lakshmi, Goddess...
  • Jodhpur families worship Ravana for his virtues October 8, 2008

    Jodhpur: Dusshera is almost upon us and while effigies of Ravana will be burnt across North India, he has his share of worshippers as well. ...
  • Ramlila, keeping the triumph of human spirit alive October 20, 2007

    New Delhi: The ground near the Red Fort is where one of the biggest and most grand Ramlila takes place. What popular mythological TV serial maker Ramanand Sagar did in 78 weeks, Ramlila actors have to accomplish in nine days. Mammoth sets, a huge stage, larger than life props, hired professional actors...
  • A tribe that worships Ravana on Holi March 6, 2007

    Melghat (Maharashtra): Holi is the festival of colours, but tribals at the Melghat village in Maharashtra celebrate and worship Ravana at this time of the year, by burning effigies of Lord Ram and Lakshman. This tribe worships Ravana and his son Meghnad and Holi for them is a time to...
  • Punjab bans Hanuman XI vs Ravana XI November 23, 2006

    Hoshiarpur (Punjab): The district administration on Wednesday banned the sale and screening of a VCD, which reportedly showed a cricket match being played between two teams with Hindu mythological figures Hanuman and Ravana in them. District Magistrate D K Tiwari imposed the ban in view that the VCD may hurt the...