The director simultaneously shot "Raavan" in Tamil
and Hindi at various locations, including the Athirapally forests
in Kerala, Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata,
and the Malshej Ghats in Maharashtra. The film has lots of action
scenes and stunts performed by the actors.
Ratnam completed the film despite health problems.
"Once you work with him, you will be in awe of him because
of the talent he brings to the table. The minute he says cut,
he turns into a dear friend. He is someone very close to me.
I really feel a strong bond with him. But in front of the camera,
you don't have to work to give him the respect - it just comes...
He is truly just the best," said Abhishek.
It was Ratnam who gave Abhishek his first hit in "Yuva"
and they later worked together in "Guru".
Talking about his character, Abhishek said: "Beera is
the most fun character I have played. Fun because when we work
on a character, we draw an outline and then fill in the blanks.
But Beera is so unpredictable that you can get away with everything.
Mani said do whatever you have done. Make it a convincing performance.
"I believe if you can look the character, 50 percent of
your job done. I think when you get the body language correct,
half of your work is done. And if you have understood the body
language, your dialogues after that would just come."
Ratnam loves shooting on real locations to extract the best
from his actors, said Abhishek.
"On the first day, he puts us under the waterfall for
two hours and, trust me, you are in character. Mani loves to
shoot at location. You will think, 'where have we come?' The
jungles of Kerala, the snakes and leeches... then you realise
that he puts you into the situation where in a day or two you
start reacting instinctively as your character would react because
you are actually facing that.
"You don't need to act that much, you are just reacting
naturally. So when you go to locations like that, it brings
out the character automatically."