Critics Review


Convincing Subject Executed Badly!

Musically and visually sound, with a peculiar villain character who is strong enough on-screen, the film majorly disappoints by poorly utilizing the opportunity. With dull screen-writing and preachy narrative, it suffers to engage.(more)

Source: Ashwin Ram, MovieCrow


A few compelling characters trapped in a non-compelling film

Rasavathi fails to make a mark, even with many fascinating characters. The makers have indeed created many intriguing characters but then failed to place them in a setting that is as compelling as them.(more)

Source: Roopa, Times Of India


An effective Arjun Das anchors this middling film with potential

In the final act of the film, the pace picks up, drawing viewers to the edge of their seats as the reasons behind the protagonist-antagonist enmity are revealed. While the loose ends are ultimately tied up, the journey to reach this climax feels laborious. Ultimately, its flaws prevent it from achieving its full potential or offering the transformative experience promised by its alchemical title.(more)

Source: Jayabhuvaneshwari B ,


Predictable revenge story complicated by absurd ideas

The film finally takes itself seriously in the flashback which connects Parasu Raj and Siddha. Despite the story being predictable, it offers a little relief through the thick of things. It is Sujith Shankar�s performance and character arc that keeps us hanging. Arjun Das as Siddha offers a decent performance, but there�s nothing much in the story or his character that will make you feel invested. So is Tanya Ravichandran�s Surya. Their romantic track is so artificial that you can�t wait for it to get over.(more)

Source: Janani, India Today


This predictable revenge drama dearly misses Santhakumar'S Midas touch

dit: Special Arrangement How director Santhakumar titles his films have inarguably been fascinating. If Mouna Guru defined the lead character of his debut film, his sophomore, Magamuni, apart from elucidating its leads� persona, was also a wordplay combining their names. In his latest film, Rasavathi (The Alchemist), the title splendidly symbolises its overarching theme while also establishing the actions of its protagonist. Director Santhakumar on �Rasavathi�: �I am curious about the lives of every character I write� In Rasavathi, Santhakumar pits a soft-spoken and astute Siddha doctor Sadasivapandian (Arjun Das) with Kodaikanal�s new inspector Parasuraj (Sujith Shankar) who suffers from unresolved psychiatric illness. Also new in town is a resort�s manager Surya (Tanya Ravichandran) who, unsurprisingly, makes a bond with Sada. Perturbed by seeing the happy couple, Parasu goes out of his way to try wreaking havoc in their relationship. While it initially looks like the work of a narcissist being unhappy seeing others happy, there�s more to it than meets the eye. What�s fascinating about Rasavathi � from a writing perspective � is how all its primary cast members have a past. Like Alchemy � the medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy that aims to achieve the transmutation of base metals into gold � they all try to become a better version of themselves. After a traumatic past scarred him both physically and emotionally, Sada is in a better place, both figuratively and literally, trying to use the knowledge he has gained in the process for the betterment of humanity. On the flip side, Parasu, someone who grew up with a troubled childhood, is yet to process his suppressed pain which often flares out in an undesirable manner. Rasavathi (Tamil) Director: Santhakumar Cast: Arjun Das, Tanya Ravichandran, Sujith Shankar, GM Sundar, Ramya Subramanian, Reshma Venkatesh Runtime: 148 minutes Storyline: A doctor�s tranquil life goes for a toss when a deranged cop becomes an undeniable part of it The film spends the majority of its runtime establishing how the good guy is good and the bad guy is... bad. Sada treats an elderly person�s feet while Parasu orders his shoelace to be tightened by his subordinate. Sada saves people and Parasu kills them. Sada relieves pain and Parasu inflicts it either emotionally, at home, or physically, at work. Sada is an animal lover and Parasu finds pleasure in torturing trapped rodents; you get the drift. Unfortunately, this is all the film offers throughout the first half. Throw into the equation an equally traumatised Surya whose character or her troubled past offers no heft to the film. But that�s nothing compared to how underutilised secondary characters played by Ramya and GM Sundar are; the former�s entire trope exists merely for comical purposes that are anything but funny. The film picks pace in the second half when a lot of knots get unravelled, but despite an intriguing conflict and introducing us to Reshma Venkatesh (who does a lovely job in her debut role), the set-up turns ineffective. What follows is a predictable climax. A still from �Rasavathi� A still from �Rasavathi� | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement �Star� movie review: Kavin and Lal shine, but the film only glitters occasionally Despite the film as a whole not turning out to be satisfactory, certain moments from it stand out, and Rasavathi expects us to find respite when we make the effort to read between its lines; like for example, the albino cobra that comes up twice in the film could probably signify the god Shiva who is often mentioned concerning Siddha medication. The dialogues, though giving us the feel of reading verses from a novel, hit the mark often. Sada, in a scene, compares the pathos of watching felled trees transported on a truck with the aftermath of an elephant killed by a train. The filmmaker also sneaks in references to his previous films and even takes a dig at critics and bibliophiles. What makes this otherwise conventional film are the performances of Arjun Das and Sujith Shankar, along with Thaman�s effective score and fantastic shots by Saravanan Ilavarasu. To call the film�s pacing slow is an understatement and it�s understandable given the wafer-thin plot, which the director tries to accentuate by adding more characters that in turn lead to more scenes. The film also rakes in the need for possibly every trigger warning from abuse to suicide. But despite multiple sub-plots, the film does not necessarily break any grounds with the age-old revenge trope. Someone in my screening compared the film with Dhill and that�s a comparison difficult to argue against. For a film full of characters with a past, the underwhelming Rasavathi ends up as a product of the past that evokes no reaction.(more)