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Ratsasan
Raatchasan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRam Kumar
Produced byG. Dilli Babu
R. Sridhar
Written byRam Kumar
StarringVishnu Vishal
Amala Paul
Saravanan
Music byGhibran
CinematographyP. V. Sankar
Edited bySan lokesh
Production
company
Axess Film Factory
Distributed byTrident Arts
Skylark Entertainment
Release date
5 October 2018
Running time
145 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Box officeRs. 20 cr[1]

Ratsasan (pronounced "Raatchasan", lit. Demon) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language psychological thriller film directed by Ram Kumar. The film features Vishnu Vishal and Amala Paul in the lead roles, while Saravanan, Kaali Venkat, and Ramdoss, among others, play supporting roles. Featuring music composed by Ghibran, the venture began production in November 2016. The film released on 5 October 2018 worldwide to positive reviews and became a blockbuster. The film is being remade in Telugu as Rakshasudu (2019) with Bellamkonda Sreenivas reprising the role of Vishnu Vishal and Anupama Parameswaran reprising the role of Amala Paul. [2]

Plot[edit]

The film opens with two old men discovering a corpse which happened to be a teenage school girl named Samyuktha, a 15-year-old school student who was found brutally murdered and wrapped in a polythene bag.

Arun Kumar (Vishnu Vishal) is an aspiring filmmaker who wants to make a movie on psychopaths. After being rejected many times despite having a good script and due to pressure from his family, he decides to give up his dreams and become a sub-inspector with the help of his brother-in-law, Doss (Ramdoss), a police officer himself. He moves to Chennai to stay with his sister Kokila (Vinodhini Vaidyanathan), Doss, and their daughter Ammu (Abhirami). Ammu gets into trouble when she makes Arun forge her father's signature in her report card as she failed in two subjects. Her class teacher Viji (Amala Paul) figures this out and thinks that she signed it herself. Ammu brings Arun to her school to act as her father. Later, which Ammu is caught by her parents, this leads them to transfer their daughter to another school. Later, Arun meets and befriends Viji and her niece Kayal (Baby Monica), who is speech deprived.

A teenage school girl named Amudha is abducted on her way back home. Her parents then find a mutilated doll's head in a gift box attached to their dog's collar. Arun finds a similarity between Samyuktha, who was murdered few days ago, and Amudha, both of them being 15-year-old school students who were kidnapped while returning home from school. Just like Samyuktha, the hair on the doll's forehead is uprooted, the eyes are drilled, and her mouth is damaged. Apart from that, in particular, there is a knife mark on Samyuktha's forehead, ears and nasion. The same marks were found in the doll's face . He tries to convince ACP Lakshmi (Suzane George), his superior egotistical officer, that this was a psycho at work, but his theories are brushed off as fake stories.

Later, Amudha's corpse was found brutally mutilated. The killer drilled out Amudha's eyes, broke her teeth, and uprooted her hair in patches. On top of that, Amudha's body was scarred all over with a knife while she was alive. Arun suggests the corpses be hidden from the public to prevent the killer from gaining public attention. Initially, the officials opposed this idea owing to breaking protocols, but they eventually give in, moving the bodies to a secret facility under Dr. Nandan (Nizhalgal Ravi). Soon after, another school girl named Meera (Priya) is abducted. She happened to be from Ammu's ex-school. The search leads to a teacher named Inbaraj (Vinod Sagar), who works at Ammu's current school and is revealed to be a pedophile who is preying on schoolgirls. Arun encounters Inbaraj trying to molest Ammu and beats him up before detaining him. Inbaraj admits to being a sexual predator but denies having anything to do with the murders. In a bid to escape, he holds Venkat (Kaali Venkat), a policeman, at gunpoint. Arun manages to gun Inbaraj down inside the lift thereby saving Venkat.

Meanwhile, Ammu is abducted during her birthday party at home. Arun and Doss try to find her but they were too late. Arun discovers her mutilated body in their own car trunk, implying that she is also killed. To make things worse, Arun is suspended for his negligence on shooting Inbaraj. Dejected and angry, Arun investigates the case by himself, with the help from a few policemen. Finding an audio clip from the hearing aid of Meera, he traces it back to an old lady magician named Annabella George's (Saravanan) performance at the victim's school function. The lady used her magic show as a tool to kidnap the girls since she impressed all the students with her magic tricks. She invites one student to perform an act and then interacted with the selected student to get closer to them. Then, she started to stalk the selected student leading to their kidnap exactly on the second day after meeting them, without any hassle. This leads him to the next potential victim, a schoolgirl named Sanjana (Trishala). Arun realised that he was following the wrong girl due to Sanjana having a twin sister. Sanjana was abducted, even though she was under surveillance. Arun tracks her location to a house in the city, where he narrowly saves Sanjana from being murdered. The perpetrator escapes, but her identity is revealed to be Mary Fernandez (her real name), who was involved in a killing a long time ago. Arun finds more about the case from the investigating officer, Rajamanickkam, (Radha Ravi), a retired cop.

Mary's son Christopher (Yasar) had been afflicted with Werner Syndrome, a hormonal disorder that caused him to look aged. He was an outcast at school, but a girl named Sophie (Ragavi Renu) took pity on him and befriended him. Christopher soon began to develop feelings for Sophie, but unfortunately, he is heartbroken when she turns down his love and is soon ridiculed at school. The next day, Mary asked Sophie to become friends again and handed her a gift. When Sophie opens the gift box, she found a mutilated doll's head, which was what Sophie gave Christopher as his birthday gift. Sophie was brutally murdered by Mary, and both Mary and her son were arrested.

It was then told that both Mary and Christopher died in an accident, but she is still alive and murdering with the same vengeance. Rajamanickkam finds a clue in the files but is killed by Mary before meeting Arun. On finding him at the scene of the crime, Arun is detained and kept handcuffed at the station. He discovers that Rajamanickkam was trying to reveal that the person who had been performing the magic show in the school had six fingers on left hand and by a photo evidence, it is known that it was Christopher who has six fingers. Since only Mary died in the accident, the psycho is not the lady; it is her own son Christopher, who has taken advantage of his aged appearance. Before Arun can act on this, Christopher attacks Viji and abducts Kayal. While trying to apprehend Christopher, Venkat is killed. Kayal escapes and is found by Nandan, who tries to hide her in the facility, but Nandan dies trying to protect her. Arun tracks down Christopher to the facility, and after a prolonged fight, manages to kill him and save Kayal.

The movie ends with the media reporting the chain of events and an end to the murders done by the psychopath. It is then revealed that Arun gets a chance to make a movie about a psychopath fulfilling his dream.

Cast[edit]

  • Vishnu Vishal as Arun Kumar
  • Amala Paul as Vijayalakshmi ( Viji )
  • Saravanan as Christopher/Mary Fernandez/Annabella George
  • Kaali Venkat as Venkat
  • Yasar as Young Christopher
  • Abhirami as Ammu
  • Baby Monica as Kayal
  • Ramdoss as Doss, Arun's brother-in-law and Ammu's father
  • Vinodhini Vaidyanathan as Kokila, Arun's sister and Ammu's mother
  • Usha Elizabeth as Arun's mother
  • Suzane George as ACP Lakshmi
  • Nizhalgal Ravi as Dr. Nandan
  • Sangili Murugan as Arun's house owner
  • Trishala as Sanjana and Sangeetha (dual role)
  • Priya as Meera
  • Ragavi Renu as Sophie
  • Vinod Sagar as Inbaraj
  • Gajaraj as Gajaraj, Senior Police Officer
  • Jai Anand as Anbarasu, Police Officer
  • Thangam Paramanantham as Simon, Police officer
  • Pasupathi as Pasupathi, Police Officer
  • Sanjay as Inspector Durai Raj
  • Raveena Daha as Sharmi, Ammu's classmate
  • Radha Ravi as Inspector Rajamanickkam (cameo appearance)
  • Karunakaran as himself (cameo appearance)
  • Mohamaad Ghibran as himself (cameo appearance)

Production[edit]

Following the release of the comedy drama Mundasupatti (2014), Ramkumar was keen to do a serious film to avoid being type-cast. He was inspired to write a film on a psycho killer after reading an international news story about Alexander Spesivtsev, and spent close to a year writing a fictional screenplay to fit around the character of a psycho killer. Ramkumar initially struggled to find an actor to play the lead role of a forty-year-old man with a child, and despite working the child out of the script as a result, he still found it difficult to convince actors to sign the film. In April 2017, actor Jai signed the project titled Ratchasan, which was set to be produced by C. V. Kumar of Thirukumaran Entertainment.[3] However soon after the actor and director dropped out of the project, and Kumar took the title of Ratchasan with him. Subsequently, throughout the production stage, the film was briefly known as Cinderella and then Minmini, but neither title was kept. The former title was claimed by another Tamil film's producers, while Ramkumar felt the latter seemed too light-hearted. Eventually, the team members managed to amicably convince Kumar to offer them the title of Ratchasan, which was later stylised to Ratsasan.[4]

Ramkumar chose to make the film with producer Dilli Babu and starring Vishnu in the lead role in July 2017.[5][6] Amala Paul joined the cast of the film in late November 2017, with production starting thereafter.[7] In June 2017, the title of the film was changed to Raatchasan.[8]

Home media[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[9]

Soundtrack[edit]

Raatchasan
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedSeptember 2018
GenreTamil
Length14:13
LanguageTamil
LabelSaregama
ProducerGhibran
Ghibran chronology
Aan Devathai
(2018)
Raatchasan
(2018)
Athiran
(2019)

The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ghibran and the audio rights are with Saregama.

No.TitleSingersLength
1."Kaadhal Kadal Dhana"Sathyaprakash, Chaitra H. G.3:26
2."Hey Piriyame Piriyame"Yazin Nizar, Anudeep Dev, Pragathi Guruprasad, Ratnakumar3:50
3."Kanamma Kanvizhi"Sean Roldan3:27
4."Maayangal Naanada"Yazin Nizar, Ranjth, Shabir, Shenbagaraj, Narayanan3:30
Total length:14:13

Critical Reception[edit]

Ratsasan received mostly positive reviews. Behindwoods wrote "Watch 'Ratsasan' the structured and engaging screenplay that makes it an intense psycho thriller" giving the movie 3.25/5.[10] Times of India gave it a 3.5/5. The film's soundtrack composed by Ghibran was commended by the audience and critics.[11] The film was ranked at 2 in the IMDB Top Indian Movies of the year 2018. [12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
05 January 2019 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Editing San Lokesh Won [13]
TBA Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Actor Vishnu Vishal Nominated [14]
Best Villain Saravanan Won
Best Editor San Lokesh Nominated
Best Screenplay Ram Kumar Nominated
Best Music Director Ghibran Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/nithiin-to-reprise-vishnu-vishal-in-the-telugu-remake-of-ratsasan/articleshow/67143964.cms
  2. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/telugu/movies/news/rakshasudu-first-look-intense-psycho-thriller-on-the-cards/articleshow/68750077.cms
  3. ^ "Jai's next is 'Ratchasan'". Sify.
  4. ^ "The psycho killer in 'Ratchasan' is based on a real person: Director Ramkumar to TNM". The News Minute. 1 October 2018. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Vishnu Vishal to join hands with 'Mundasupatti' director". sify. 21 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Who will produce 'Mundasupatti' Director's second film?". Indiaglitz. 16 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 November 2016. Retrieved 13 December 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Vishnu Vishal- Amala Paul film title changed to Raatchasan". nowrunning.com. 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ "சன் டிவியில் பொங்கலுக்கு ஒளிபரப்பாகவுள்ள ராட்சசன் படம்!". Dinamani. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Ratsasan (aka) Ratchasan review". Behindwoods. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  11. ^ Ratchasan Movie Review {3.5/5}: Ratsasan is a competent thriller, for the most part., retrieved 8 January 2019
  12. ^ https://www.timesnownews.com/entertainment/news/bollywood-news/photo-gallery/andhadhun-beat-tamil-psycho-thriller-ratsasan-to-top-the-list-of-imdbs-top-10-indian-movies-of/333017
  13. ^ "ஆனந்த விகடன் சினிமா விருதுகள் 2018 - திறமைக்கு மரியாதை".
  14. ^ "'Pariyerum Perumal' bags Best Film award at Norway Tamil Film Festival".

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