Bengali beauty Bipasha Basu was to play the role of Mandodari in Mani Ratnam’s “Raavana”. She attended preliminary photo-shoots and dress rehearsals and was to work a 20 day schedule.
However, according to unit sources, Mani Ratnam has decided to do away with the role of Mandodari which Bipasha has to play since justifying her role is increasing the length of the film beyond reasonable limit.
Mani Ratnam is said to make “Raavana” as crisp as possible and he is taking into consideration the attitude of Mutiplex audience who refuse to see 3 hour plus duration films. The latest victim of a long duration film being rejected happened with Ashutosh Gowarikar’s “What’s Your Raashee”.
“Raavana” features Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Vikram, Govinda, Priyamani and others.
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