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Ra Review: Satanic Verses

When waiting for Ra’s screening, an advertisement for Purple Note’s Ancient SoundsTemple Sounds from a Millennium Ago begins to play. It makes for delightful listening. The little-heard, but very familiar panchavadyam – dating back to the reign of the Cheras – quite evocative of those ornate gopurams, and richly adorned temple elephants.

And then, Ra begins in earnest, announcing the arrival of Satan.



To be fair to Ra, it is horror with a different intent. Take for instance a moment which we are shown an hour into the movie. Ajay, who had lost his wife under mysterious circumstances, begins witnessing paranormal occurrences. But there are no cloaked figures here. And the supernatural being that Ajay confronts is nothing but his own self. He’s also caught in this strange phenomenon…of time warp.

We heave a sigh of relief; this one might offer some respite after all – red font against black notwithstanding.

But soon enough, there’s an obvious struggle between the desire to show something different, and the desire to throw in some cheap scares. The director finally yields to temptation, though. And indulges in the forbidden.

Just before intermission, a mangled face makes an appearance.


A tastefully furnished bungalow is what Ra picks for its tale. While we delight in those glass-panelled balustrades, a series of unexplained murders within haunt the residents. Quite a few exorcists, and a session with a psychic later, the reason emerges.

That the murders weren’t a paranormal phenomenon, but (woefully) human.


Ra doesn’t end there, though. It pursues the dark with a vengeance, tells us the murders and the paranormal occurrences are mutually exclusive, and doesn’t rest until it has unleashed the Satan.

Which has the power to destroy the world, we are told. Which is peddled as the reason for several natural disast..

Oh never mind.


Do listen to the Purple Note album.


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