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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 play supporting roles. The film tells the story of an aspiring film writer who becomes a police officer after his father’s death and tracks down a serial killer murdering school girls.
The film features music and background score composed by Ghibran, cinematography by P. V. Shankar and editing by San Lokesh. Production began in November 2016, with principal photography starting in June 2017. The film released on 5 October 2018, to mostly positive reviews from audience, and also became a commercial success, grossing ₹ 100 crore worldwide. The film was ranked at #2 in the IMDb Top Indian Movies of the year 2018.
Ratsasan was remade in Telugu as Rakshasudu (2019) directed by Ramesh Varma with Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Anupama Parameswaran playing the lead roles.
Vishnu Vishal as Sub-inspector Arun Kumar
Amala Paul as Vijayalakshmi
Saravanan as Christopher & Mary Fernandez/Annabella George (dual role)
Yasar as Young Christopher
Kaali Venkat as Venkat
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
Ravishankar as Amudha’s father
Rekha Padmanaban as Amudha’s mother
Radha Ravi as Inspector Rajamanickkam (cameo appearance)
Karunakaran as himself (cameo appearance)
Mohamaad Ghibran as himself (cameo appearance)
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. 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.
Ramkumar chose to make the film with producer Dilli Babu and starring Vishnu in the lead role in July 2017. Amala Paul joined the cast of the film in late November 2017, with production starting thereafter. In June 2017, the title of the film was changed to Raatchasan.
Soundtrack album by Ghibran
Released 27 September 2018
Genre Film soundtrack
(2018) Ratsasan (Soundtrack)
Singles from Ratsasan
“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 H.G. 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 telecasted on 30 September 2018, through Isaiaruvi channel at 04:30 p.m. IST.
Films directed by Ram Kumar.