Its not the first time that Maniratnam has taken threads from epics. One of his biggest hits,”Dalapathi” was losely based on the great epic Mahabharata.
This time it’s Ravanan from Ramayanam. Ramayanam has various interpretations in various places.
Raavanah means ‘one who makes people cry by his violent actions. Sage Valmiki depicted Ravanan as ten headed demon king. The symbolic meaning of “10 headed” is that he is guided by and does not have control over the five senses and five bodily instruments of action. An alternative interpretation is that he possessed a very thorough knowledge in the 4 vedas, and 6 upanishadas,which made him as powerful as 10 scholars. He also authored Ravana Sanhita, a powerful book on the Hindu astrology,also known as Lal Kitab. Ravana possessed a thorough knowledge of Ayurveda and political science
In Sage Kambar’s version, Ramavataram, Ravanan and Mandorai’s first born was a girl that was Sita, but astrologer predicted that the the girl would become reason for his destruction.He threw away the kid in a basket. The baby didnt die, instead was safe in the earth and was found later by king Janaka who brought her up as his daughter. The great Malayalam poet Vayalar Rama Varma took this thread and penned “Ravanaputhri”
Devdutt Pattanaik, Chief Belief Officer at Future Group , has a different version. According to him Ravanan represents the law of the jungle where might is right. “Humans have the ability to say no to the law of the jungle – and the human journey from the animal to the divine is the gradual rejection of the law of the jungle. Ravana is the animal because he tries to take Sita by force because he is stronger. That is what one must conquer,” Pattanaik says.
We need to wait and see what’s Maniratnam version of Ravanan (Ramayanam)is,
So lets wait!