Raavan embarks for last schedule, gears up for Apr-May'10 release

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By Joginder Tuteja Bollywood Hungama News Network

With Mani Ratnam now back in action, Raavan is certainly seeing a strong push for itself as far as it's shooting stint is concerned. Come 27th August and this epic film would be embarking on the last shooting schedule.

Informs a senior crew member from Raavan, "Yes, we all would now be traveling to a place near Mahabaleshwar which would be the last shooting schedule for us. It would last for 40 days."

40 days? Isn't it too much considering the fact that quite a few movies are entirely shot in such a huge span of time? "Why are you forgetting that the movie is a bilingual and is being simultaneously shot in Hindi and Tamil? Every scene is shot twice with a change in actors taking place as well. You have to factor this as well before jumping to conclusions around the film being over shot", he explains.

Total shooting days for the film would read 110-115 days. "This is normal because it comes down to around 60 days a shoot for a single movie. For a movie of this scale, budget, canvas and subject, it is but natural to have an extended shooting schedule. Moreover, there is a lot of outdoors required in the film as well that includes rock climbing and some rough terrain", he divulges, "All of that comes with its own challenges; something which wasn't surprising for any of us at all. We knew what we were getting into the kind and the kind of dates that would be required from us".

Since this is the last shooting schedule for the film, Raavan would get into post production soon after the wrap is announced in early October. "Yes, the entire post production is going to be an intense exercise as well. The film is being readied for an April/May 2010 release", he reveals.

With music by A.R. Rahman, the Hindi version of Raavan stars Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Govinda and Nikhil Dwivedi