Ravan's star-studded premiere in London

Aishwarya Rai

Mani Ratnam's much-awaited bi-lingual film 'Raavan' had its star-studded world premiere here on Wednesday night which was attended by Bollywood bigwigs like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.

Hundreds of film buffs gathered at the BFI, Southbank in London, where the premiere was held, and cheered the Bollywood actors who had gathered for the gala event.

Mani Ratnam, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Vikram were also present at the premiere. The film will simultaneously be released in Tamil and Hindi on Friday.

The 54-year-old director, who made films like 'Roja', 'Dil Se', 'Bombay' and 'Guru', which garnered both critical acclaim and box office success, said the film was done with spirit.

"It is just a few metres away...lets see it," was all

Mani Ratnam said when asked whether Raavan was modern-day 'Ramayanam'.

"It has been done with spirit. We have all worked hard," he said.

Asked why he chose Aishwarya for the lead role, he said: "She was right for it. Is there any other reason?"

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