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Rasathanthram (lit. Chemistry) is a 2006 Indian Malayalam-language family drama film written and directed by Sathyan Anthikkad and starring Mohanlal and Meera Jasmine, with Bharath Gopi, K. P. A. C. Lalitha, Innocent, Oduvil Unnikrishnan, and Mamukkoya in prominent roles. The film was produced by Antony Perumbavoor through Aashirvad Cinemas. The soundtrack album was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while Alagappan N. handled the cinematography.

Rasathanthram
Poster featuring Sathyan Anthikad and Mohanlal performing a chemical experiment in a laboratory
Promotional poster
Directed bySathyan Anthikkad
Produced byAntony Perumbavoor
Screenplay bySathyan Anthikkad
StarringMohanlal
Meera Jasmine
Bharath Gopi
Innocent
K. P. A. C. Lalitha
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Mamukkoya
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyAlagappan N.
Edited byK. Rajagopal
Production
company
Distributed byCentral Pictures Release
Release date
  • 7 April 2006 (2006-04-07)[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageMalayalam
Budget2.70 crore[2]
Box office21 crore[2]

Rasathanthram was released in theatres on 7 April 2006. Upon release, it became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, until it was surpassed by Classmates in the same year. The film grossed 21 crore worldwide. It completed 100 days run in various centres it released.

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PlotEdit

Premachandran (Mohanlal) is a carpenter who lives along with his father, Balan Master (Bharath Gopi), and works along with his friend, Manikandan (Innocent). They are now working on a house near the house of a rich landlord. Kanmani (Meera Jasmine), who was sold by her mother, works in that house as a servant and is ill-treated. Seethamma (KPAC Lalitha) lives along with her daughter, Kumari (Muthumani), who has a liking towards Premachandran. One night, Premachandran goes to his workplace to take his tools. He sees Kanmani leaving the house and is puzzled. He follows her. She was on the verge of committing suicide when Premachandran rescues her. He gives her shelter in one room in a building owned by Chettiyar (Oduvil Unnikrishnan), telling Chettiyar that his friend did not get the bus to go back home. Kanmani dresses up as a boy by the name of Velayuthan Kutty and soon starts working with Manikandan and Premachandran. Balan Master starts liking the disguised boy. One day, Premachandran tells Kanmani that he has planned to rescue her by sending her to Tamil Nadu to work in a banian company where Premachandran's friend is working. Kanmani refuses to go. Premachandran accidentally confesses to Manikandan that Velayuthan Kutty is actually the missing Kanmani. Manikandan has no peace and shouts out the truth in the middle of the night. Two policemen, accidentally hear this and take Premachandran and Kanmani into custody.

Kanmani tells the court that she and Premachandran are in love and intended to elope. She said this, to avoid imprisonment. Soon, Kanmani develops an affection towards Premachandran. Premachandran tells her that she doesn't know anything about him and that he is an ex-convict in a murder case. Actually, Premachandran's friend Sivan (Mukesh) murdered a hooligan who abused Premachandran's sister. Kanmani now agrees to go to Tamil Nadu, but Premachandran doesn't let her go and admits her in a hostel. Premachandran's brother, Rajendran, comes to the fray and asks Balan Master to attend his daughter's marriage. He asks that Premachandran not come. Actually, Balan Master & Premachandran are living far away from home because of the bad nature shown by Premachandran's brother and sister. Balan Master is not willing to go without Premachandran. Premachandran who loves his niece as his daughter changes Balan Master's mind, by going with him without anybody knowing he is there. On returning, they see their rented house being destroyed. Balan Master takes shelter in an old age home headed by a retired Colonel until a new house can be rented. Premachandran goes to Kochi to meet Sivan - who is now a business tycoon, but Sivan doesn't meet Premachandran's needs. On returning, Premachandran finds out that Balan Master is dead. He performs the ceremonial rites and goes to Kanmani. Meanwhile, Kanmani's so called uncle (Jagathty Sreekumar) - who wants to marry Kanmani - and his sister have court orders to take Kanmani back to Tamil Nadu. But, Premachandran grabs the "thali mala" from Sundara Pandian, ties the knot on Kanmani and subsequently marries her.

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ProductionEdit

Rasathanthram is the debut screenplay of Sathyan Anthikkad. Initially Anthikkad thought of giving someone else the scripting duty, but his regular collaborator were busy with other project, so he decided to write the film himself. Rasathanthram became his first film to begin filming with a complete script.[3] Anthikkad describes the storyline as "it is the essence of the chemistry of the duo's life that develops with the rasas (humours) and little thantras (techniques) played by them to earn their living. In general, it delves into the meaninglessness of relationships and the ultimate values of human love". The film was shot at various locations in Thodupuzha, Moolamattom, and nearby places in Idukki district.[4]

SoundtrackEdit

Rasathanthram
Soundtrack album by
Released31 December 2007 (digital)
GenreFilmi, popular music
LabelManorama Music
ProducerAntony Perumbavoor

The songs were composed by Ilayaraaja and lyrics were penned by Gireesh Puthenchery.[5]

Rasathanthram (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Poo Kunkumappoo" (Shuddha Dhanyasi)K. J. Yesudas4:00
2."Attinkarayorathe" (Natabhairavi)Manjari5:14
3."Thevaram Nokkunnunde" (Keeravani)Vineeth Sreenivasan4:51
4."Ponnavanippadam" (Shivaranjani)Madhu Balakrishnan, Manjari4:56
5."Poo Kunkumappoo" (Shuddha Dhanyasi)K. S. Chithra4:00

Box officeEdit

Rasathanthram was released on 7 April 2006 in Kerala. Including print and publicity, it was made on a budget of 2.87 crore. The film broke the existing collection records of 27 stations in Kerala. It grossed 21 crore from worldwide box office. Rasathanthram became the highest-grossing Malayalam film ever, until it was broken by Classmates in the same year. It completed 100 days theatrical run.[2]

AwardsEdit

Mathrubhumi Film Awards[6]
  • Best Director - Sathyan Anthikkad
  • Best Character Actress - Muthumani
  • Best Cinematography - Azhagappan N.
  • Best Art Director - Prashanth Madhav
All India Radio Awards[7]
  • Best Male Actor - Mohanlal
  • Best Director - Sathyan Anthikkad
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards
  • Best Female Playback Singer - Manjari
Asianet Film Awards[8]
  • Best Comic Actor - Innocent
  • Best Female Playback Singer - Manjari

TriviaEdit

The screenplay was released as a book in August 2006 by DC Books.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stirring it up with Mohanlal". The Hindu. 5 April 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Moviebuzz (2006). "Rasathantram-Big hit". Sify. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. ^ George, Vijay (19 May 2006). "A storyteller at heart". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. ^ Gopalakrishnan, K. K. (17 March 2006). "Getting the right equation". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. ^ Manorama Music (1 January 2007). "Rasathanthram (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)". iTunes. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Mathrubhumi film awards announced". The Hindu. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. ^ "AIR film award function in Kochi tomorrow". The Hindu. 20 October 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Ujala-Asianet awards announced". The Hindu. 21 January 2007. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Scripting a new trend". The Hindu. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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