Amala Paul almost didn't do Ratsasan
The film starring Vishnu Vishal, and Amala Paul is set to hit the screens on September 28
Director Ramkumar and Vishnu Vishal's second collaboration, Ratsasan, comes four years after their first, Mundasupatti. With the film expected to hit the screens on October 5, the team of Ratsasan met the press on Tuesday as they launched the film's album (containing three songs).
The film is Axess Film Factory's next production following last year's successful Maragathananayam and producer Dilli Babu pointed out that while both his and the director's last films were comedies, Ratsasan is a psycho thriller that is devoid of comedy. "I am a huge fan of crime and thriller novels and a voracious reader of that genre. So when Ramkumar came and narrated the story, I committed on the spot to producing the film."
Amala Paul, who essays the role of a teacher in the film, said that she almost didn't take up the film because she was unclear about the plot thanks to the director's poor narration. She credited her co-star Vishnu Vishal with clearing up the confusion and convincing her to take up the role. She praised Vishnu for being an honest person and mentioned that while she doesn't have many friends in the industry, he has now become one. "I have only a few scenes, but the depth of the characters really did astound me. In an age when our filmmakers want to ape Hollywood thrillers, I can proudly say that Ratsasan will be a completely localised and unique thriller owing to how relatable the film will be to the viewers."
Vishnu Vishal, who is playing a cop in the film, mentioned how the director had initially felt that he wasn't the right fit for the role. "But after a year and half of being rejected by a lot of actors, the script came back to me. It felt like destiny. After reading through, I suggested only one change: De-commercialise the script. I am sure that reviews of the films are going to be amazing. However, if the film fails commercially, I have promised the producer that I will make another film with him."
Director Ramkumar, who is set to work with Dhanush next, simply thanked his cast and crew and said he would talk about the film after its release. He particularly singled out the voices of Radha Ravi and Nizhalgal Ravi, which he said was very important to the film, and also remarked that Ghibran's music is an integral part of the film.