THE BETTER SITA
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Now that the dust on Raavan(an) has settled, everybody is clear on what it gives and what it misses. While Vikram’s acting has been appreciated by many (I some how feel that it did not match his “Anniyan” performance), there is a mixed reaction about Aishwarya's acting as Sita. I am yet to see the Hindi version and cannot comment on Abhishek's performance.

A film is always a director medium of conveying thoughts and ideas. In Raavan(an), Mani Ratnam planned to convey the entire story through visuals and small nice subtle acting from actors to give wonderful experience to the users. Visuals, no doubt are one of the best in recent times. But somehow I feel that Aishwarya could not make much an impact as Sita. Agreed that she has acted well, but she could not make us to completely absorb into the character and make us forget that she is indeed acting. Perhaps she is too beautiful, and what strikes the viewer is her beauty and that eclipses everything out.


Here are few actresses, whom I would have chosen or given a serious thought for the role of Sita.

Konkana Sen

Who will ever forget her role as Mrs Iyer, travelling a long distance alone with her child on a bad day in Mr and Mrs Iyer? Her simple village girl beauty
with eyes that could emote well and can generate a sympathy amogst the audience. If you haven’t watched Mr and Mrs Iyer, do watch it. Her dilemma after her interactions with Rahul Bose is very good and takes the movie to a higher level.

Padma Priya


She is one of the actresses who has the ability to deliver well on roles that demand more. She can convey happiness and pain easily and can make audience feel the same. I consider her body language and acting in “Satham Podathey” as best (did not get a chance to watch Pokkisham). In the first half she delivers the mixed set of feeling after the disappointment in her marriage. That is something very subtle and formed the crux of the movie (and the best part of the movie).

Vidya Balan

She is one actress I am including in the list just by my instincts. Apart from her debut Parineeta, I have not seen any of her films. Neither she has done any serious roles demanding wide array of emotions nor she has delivered top notch performance in any of the movies. But I some how feel that she could do that role of Sita with ease, confidence and charm. Above all she can have good on-screen chemistry with both Vikram and Abhishek than any of the other two actresses mentioned above.

Thanks
Hari
hariharan.anantharaman@gmail.com

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