Four times National Film Award winning cinematographer Santosh Sivan has turned actor and portrayed the legendary painter Raja Ravi Varma in a Malayalam film titled Magara Manju directed by Lenin Rajendran. The film has Karthika and Nithya Menon as the female leads. The film has made the International Film Festival circuit and has been critically appreciated.
The film is now dubbed into Telugu with the title Ravi Varma by producer Sobha Rani, who has bought the rights of the Telugu version.
In fact, Bollywood producer and director Ketan Mehta made a film on Raja Ravi Varma titled Rang Rasiya in 2008. The film starred Randeep Hooda, Nandana Sen and a newcomer Triptha Parashar in the lead roles. This film did not release because of censor problems. It was also shown in at film festivals abroad.
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