Mani Ratnam’s Ashokavanam

Four months into shooting his bilingual, Mani Ratnam still has not confirmed their titles! Both Hindi and Tamil versions are referred to by their tentative titles Raavan and Ashokavanam respectively.

Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam

Now, it is rumoured that Mani has decided to use the same titles. Rumourmongers also state that Mani tried registering these titles recently!

In Hindi, the title might not pose any problem to the director as no other director seems to have registered the title Raavan. But it looks like the title has already been taken in Tamil! Kasthuri Raja, renowned director and father of Dhanush, seems to have registered this title a year ago! Insiders say that Mani might meet Kasthuri Raja and request for the title rights.

Meanwhile, the Raavan/ Ashokavanam crew completed shooting several scenes in undisclosed forests of Madhya Pradesh. There were unconfirmed reports that Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan were seen in Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh) which is close to Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, sparking rumours that Mani is holding his shooting in forests around Khajuraho.

At present Aishwarya Rai is in New York, where she attended the grand premiere of Pink Panther 2 yesterday; she plays a cameo in this film.

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