Ever since daddy dearest Amitabh Bachchan jumped to the rescue of son Abhishek, whose role as Beera in Raavan, has been panned by critics, those associated with the film, including the film’s other star, Vikram and cinematographer Santosh Sivan, have reacted to his comments, and defended director Mani Ratnam.
Big B had lamented on Twitter that editing glitches ruined his son’s performance. “Lot of merited film edited out, causing inconsistent performance and narrative. Abhishek’s erratic behaviour was due to symbolic 10 heads... each giving him different attitudes... It’s sad, in the edit you only see the after effect of that thinking process, hence inconsistent. In the edit all the visual heads got cut and you see a confused Beera expression and wonder why?(sic),” tweeted Bachchan.
Sivan defended, saying the director’s prerogative cannot be questioned: “At the end of the day, it’s the director’s call... (the film) is a huge hit in the South.”
Vikram, who interestingly received good reviews for his turn as Veeraiyya in Raavanan, the same character as Abhishek’s in the Hindi version, had this to say to the audience: “You can hear a hundred things, some say it’s good, some say it’s bad. You are the ones who decide.” Later, Amitabh backtracked saying, “Media playing with words. Mani is one of our finest directors.”