Raavanan, the new Indian film produced in both Hindi and Tamil, premiered at the Tenth Annual Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council (MIAAC) Film Festival in New York City this week and I was on the red carpet meeting the biggest names in Bollywood - and beyond - for the occasion.

This morning I had the honor of interviewing India's Steven Spielberg - Mani Ratnam, producer of 22 films and married to mega-star and co-writer Suhasini Maniratnam. Time magazine included Mani's 1987 film Nayagan in its All-Time 100 Best Films. We chatted for 30 minutes in the heart of Manhattan about his latest epic film set in the heart of South India's jungle.
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NYU professor Richard Allen interviews the husband-wife team at the film festival.

Based loosely on the incredible Sanskrit two thousand-year old legend of Ramayana - "Rama's Journey" - the film is a metaphor for Modern India, set in the Tamil South. His last film was more low-brow: the low brow hit comedy Guru which many of us saw in-flight in 2007.

See more: stewardshipreport.com/index.php/mani-ratnams-raavanan-the-must-see-international-film-of-2010.html

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