Ratsasan

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Ratsasan
Ratsasan poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRam Kumar
Written byRam Kumar
Produced byG. Dilli Babu
R. Sridhar
StarringVishnu Vishal
Amala Paul
Saravanan
CinematographyP. V. Shankar
Edited bySan Lokesh
Music byGhibran
Production
company
Axess Film Factory
Distributed byTrident Arts and Skylark Entertainment (India)
Phars Film (International)
Release date
  • 5 October 2018 (2018-10-05)
Running time
152 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Box office20 crore[1]

Ratsasan (transl.Demon; pronounced [ராட்சசன்]) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language slasher Psychological thriller film[2] directed by Ram Kumar. The film stars Vishnu Vishal, Amala Paul, and Saravanan while Kaali Venkat, Vinodhini Vaidyanathan, and Ramdoss play supporting roles. The film features music and background score composed by Ghibran, cinematography by P. V. Shankar and editing by San Lokesh. The film tells the story of an aspiring film director who becomes a police officer after his father's death and tries to track down a serial killer.

Production began in November 2016, with principal photography starting in June 2017. The film released on 5 October 2018, to critical acclaim from the audience, and also became a commercial success, grossing 20 crore worldwide. It was remade in Telugu as Rakshasudu (2019) and in Hindi as Cuttputlli (2022).

Plot[edit]

In the opening scene, two elderly men discover a dead corpse of Samyuktha, a 15-year old school student, who was brutally murdered.

Arun Kumar is an aspiring filmmaker who wants to make a movie on psychopaths. After multiple rejections and pressure from his family, he becomes a SI in the T.N.P.D, with the help of his brother-in-law, CI Das, a police officer himself. He moves in with his sister Kokila, Doss and their daughter Ammu. Ammu gets into trouble in school and asks Arun for help, so he meets her teacher Viji at school. He befriends Viji and her hearing and speech impaired niece, Kayal.

Meanwhile, Arun investigates the abduction of a school girl, Amudha. Arun finds similarities between Samyuktha and Amudha's case, due to the mutilations on a doll found at Amudha's house. But his attempts to convince his superior officer, ACP Lakshmi, go futile. A few days later, Amudha's mutilated corpse is found. The pathologist Dr. Nandan, suggests that the perpetrator followed a similar modus operandi like Samyuktha. Over the next few days, another hearing impaired girl named Meera, from Viji's school is abducted and killed. The search leads to Inbaraj, a teacher at the new school Ammu is enrolled in. Inbaraj is a pedophile who forces girls into irrumatio. Ammu herself narrowly escapes Inbaraj when Arun nabs him after getting a tip off from another victim Sharmi. Inbaraj admits to being a sexual predator but denies the murder charges. In a bid to escape, he holds Venkat, a policeman, at gunpoint, but Arun guns Inbaraj down.

The same day, Ammu is abducted from her birthday party at home and Arun finds her corpse in their car trunk. To make things worse, Arun is suspended for his negligence on shooting Inbaraj. Dejected and angry, Arun unofficially investigates the case himself with the help of few policemen. Finding an audio clip from Meera's hearing aid, he traces a piano tune back to a lady magician Annabella George, who performed at all the victims' schools. Arun finds that Annabella picks her victims by randomly calling them on to the stage, she then kills them within the next few days and her next target would be a girl named Sanjana. He tries to warn Sanjana but despite constant surveillance, she is abducted. Arun and his team track her location and save Sanjana from being murdered. Anabella escapes, but her real identity is revealed to be one Mary Fernandez, who was accused of murder a long time ago.

Arun suspects that since her identity is out, Mary might falter in her modus operandi and deviate from her intended targets. He meets Rajamanickam, a retired cop, to collect information. Rajamanickam tells about Mary's son Christopher who has Werner Syndrome (progeria), a hormonal disorder that causes him to appear aged. He is an outcast at school, but a girl named Sophia befriends him. Christopher develops feelings for Sophia, but is heartbroken when she turns him down, since his condition has rendered him impotent and he cannot have a love life. Their conversation is overheard and Christopher is traumatized after his classmates humiliate him in the school. Mary learns of this and meets Sophia where she hacks her to death for causing Christopher's humiliation. Mary and Christopher are arrested and sent to prison. They were believed to be dead in an accident, but Rajamanickam says that perhaps, Mary is still alive and has become a psychopath.

Arun reaches Rajamanickam's house only to find him dead. He sees Rajamanickam's evidences but ACP Lakshmi detains him and forbids him from following this case. Arun discovers that Rajamanickam had pieced information from photographs - revealing that it was Christopher disguised as Mary, who was long dead in an accident. 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 Dr. Nandan, who tries to hide her in his facility, but Christopher kills Nandan. Arun tracks down Christopher on time, and after a prolonged fight, kills him and saves Kayal. The media finally reports an end to the murders done by Christopher and Arun gets a chance to make a film about a psychopath fulfilling his dream.

Cast[edit]

  • Vishnu Vishal as SI Arun Kumar
  • Amala Paul as Vijayalakshmi "Viji"
  • Saravanan in double role as
    • Christopher Fernandez (Annabella George)
      • Yasar as Young Christopher
    • Mary Fernandez, Christopher's mother
  • Kaali Venkat as Venkat
  • Abhirami as Ammu, Arun's niece
  • Baby Monica as Kayal, Viji's niece who lives with Arun and Viji
  • Ramdoss as Doss, Arun's brother-in-law and Ammu's father
  • Vinodhini Vaidyanathan as Kokila, Arun's sister and Ammu's mother
  • Raveena Daha as Sharmi, Ammu's classmate
  • Usha Elizabeth as Arun's mother
  • Suzane George as ACP Lakshmi
  • Nizhalgal Ravi as Dr. Nandan
  • Sangili Murugan as Arun's house owner
  • Ragavi Renu as Sophie, Christopher's love interest
  • Trishala as Dual role Sanjana and Sangeetha, Sanjana's younger twin sister
  • Priya as Meera
  • Nehah Menon as Amudha
  • Adhithri Dinesh as Samyuktha
  • 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
  • Sanjay as Inspector Durai Raj
  • Ravishankar as Amudha's father
  • Rekha Padmanaban as Amudha's mother
  • Akshay as Mahesh, Ammu's classmate also one who loves Ammu
  • Kumar Das as Auto Driver Kumar, Inbaraj's helper
  • Geetha Narayanan as Sanjana and Sangeetha's school principal
  • Radha Ravi as Inspector Rajamanickkam (cameo appearance)
  • Karunakaran as himself (cameo appearance)
  • 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 Ratsasan, 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 producer took the title of Ratsasan 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 Ratsasan, which was later stylised to Ratsasan.[4]

Ramkumar chose to make the film with producer Dilli Babu and starring Vishnu 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 Ratsasan.[8] in association with T-series

Music[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ratsasan (Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released27 September 2018
Recorded2017-2018
GenreFilm soundtrack
Length14:13
LanguageTamil
LabelSaregama
ProducerGhibran
Ghibran chronology
Aan Devathai
(2018)
Ratsasan (Soundtrack)
(2018)
Athiran
(2019)
Singles from Ratsasan
  1. "Kaadhal Kadal Dhana"
    Released: 15 September 2018

Ghibran composed the soundtrack and background score of Ratsasan. He began composing the soundtrack in early 2017. He also finished composing the theme music for the film's teaser in August 2018. The album features four songs composed by Ghibran and lyrics written by Umadevi, Ramkumar, Ratnakumar and GKB. One song, "Kaadhal Kadal Dhana", was released as a single on 15 September 2018. The song written by Umadevi and rendered by Sathyaprakash and Chaitra Ambadipudi received positive reviews from music listeners. It topped into the #1 position at the Radio Mirchi Top 20 Countdown, for nearly 4 weeks. Following that, a video song of the same was telecast on 30 September 2018, through Isaiaruvi channel at 4:30 p.m. IST.

The album was released on 27 September 2018, at the Suryan FM Radio Station, Chennai featuring the composer and other crew members present during the crew members present in the event. The film's soundtrack was commended by the audience and critics. M Suganth from The Times of India, gave a positive review for the soundtrack and stated "Kaadhal Kadal Dhana" as "a romantic melody, a genre that Ghibran is a master at. Slow and lullaby-like, the persistent strings in the background are soothing, and despite distinct arrangements, the vocals are pronounced enough to make an impact."

Track Listing
No.TitleLyricsSingersLength
1."Kaadhal Kadal Dhana"UmadeviSathyaprakash, Chaitra Ambadipudi3:26
2."Hey Piriyame Piriyame"RatnakumarYazin Nizar, Anudeep Dev, Pragathi Guruprasad, Ratnakumar3:50
3."Kanamma Kanvizhi"RamkumarSean Roldan3:27
4."Maayangal Naanada" (Theme Song)GKBYazin Nizar, Ranjth, Shabir, Shenbagaraj, Narayanan3:30
Total length:14:13

Release[edit]

Theatrical[edit]

Ratsasan was released worldwide on 5 October 2018.

Home media[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[9] It was dubbed and released in Malayalam with the same title. The digital rights of the Malayalam version belongs to Disney+ Hotstar.[10] The satellite rights of the Hindi dubbed version, which was titled as Main Hoon Dandadhikaari (transl. I am a police magistrate), was sold to Star India and had a TV premiere on Star Utsav Movies on 31 December 2019. The film was again telecasted a month later with full promotions on TV.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Behindwoods wrote "Watch 'Ratsasan' the structured and engaging screenplay that makes it an intense psycho thriller", giving the movie 3.25/5.[11] Times of India gave it a 3.5/5, stating that "Ratsasan is a competent thriller, for the most part. There is a tautness to the storytelling, especially until the interval block, that keeps us hooked."[12] Sreedhar Pillai of Firstpost, rated 3 out of 5 stars, stating that "Vishnu Vishal's cop act is superlative but this thriller could've done with some trimming".[13] India Today rated 3 out of 5 stars, and commented "Vishnu Vishal's 'Ratsasan' is one of the biggest releases in K-Town this week. The film is a carefully-written thriller, that has a few great moments, says our review."[14] Film Companion South called it "If you turn a blind eye to the coincidences (say, the plot point around an autorickshaw) and the obvious red herrings (a suspected killer), the bulk of Ratsasan works. Ghibran's terrific score is the aural equivalent of bad airplane food — it makes your tummy queasy. After Mundasupatti and Ratsasan, I'm definitely pumped about what Ram Kumar has in store next".[15] The News Minute, commented about the movie that "The film feels like a mix of all the psycho killer films you've seen before, but this surprisingly works for it."[16]

Accolades[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
5 January 2019 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Editing San Lokesh Won [17]
25–28 April 2019 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Actor Vishnu Vishal Nominated [18]
Best Villain Saravanan Won
Best Editor San Lokesh Nominated
Best Screenplay Ram Kumar Nominated
Best Music Director Ghibran Nominated
16 August 2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Debut Actor Saravanan Nominated
August 2019 Oniros Film Awards (August 2019 Monthly Edition) Best Soundtrack Ghibran Won [19]
Best Thriller Axess Film Factory Won
Diamond Film Awards (August 2019 Monthly Edition) Best Original Score Ghibran Won [20]
20 September 2019 Los Angeles Theatrical Release Competition & Awards (LATCA) Best Musical Score Ghibran Won [21]
Best Action Sequence Won
21 December 2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Film G. Dilli Babu, R. Sridhar Nominated [22]
Best Director Ram Kumar Won

Remakes[edit]

After the film's success, the makers decided to remake the film in Telugu, with actor Nithiin selected to reprise the role of Vishnu Vishal. But he opted out due to schedule conflicts, and was replaced by Bellamkonda Srinivas. Anupama Parameshwaran, was selected to play the female lead, reprising Amala Paul's role. The project was bankrolled by Havish under the banner A Studios, and was directed by Ramesh Varma. In March 2019, the film was titled Rakshasudu. The film was released in August 2019, to generally positive reviews.

The movie is also remade by Pooja Entertainment in Hindi directed by Ranjit Tiwari and stars Akshay Kumar, Sargun Mehta, Rakul Preet Singh and Chandrachur Singh.[23][24] Earlier titled Mission Cinderella, the film premiered as Cuttputli on Disney+ Hotstar on 2 September 2022.[25]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Ratsasan review: Vishnu Vishal's film is a well-thought-out crime thriller". India Today.
  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.
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  9. ^ "சன் டிவியில் பொங்கலுக்கு ஒளிபரப்பாகவுள்ள ராட்சசன் படம்!". Dinamani. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
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