Vishnu Vishal’s Ratsasan, a serial killer thriller, has been the talk of the town ever since its release as it turned out to be a surprise hit, leaving everybody in the trade quite stunned. Despite being a violent film about a police officer’s chase to catch a serial killer, the film has worked big time with multiplex audiences and is now all set to be remade in other languages.
Directed by Ramkumar of Mundasupatti fame, the makers had kept the identity of the actor who plays the serial killer in the film a secret so far but on Tuesday it was finally revealed. In a press meet, the team revealed that the role was played by Saravanan, who has played minor roles in Naan and Mouna Guru. Saravanan had also starred in a small role in Mundasupatti.
Speaking on the occasion, Saravanan said he will forever be indebted to director Ramkumar for entrusting him with the role. Speaking to TNM, Saravanan said: “When I approached him for the role, he warned me that audiences may never get to know my identity if the film doesn’t get received well. I didn’t mind and went ahead and accepted the role because I was confident the film will do well. I’m pleased with the response. I’ll always be indebted to Ram sir. He’s given me a new lease of life.”
The character required Saravanan to undergo heavy makeup. Recalling the process, he said: “The makeup process would take close to 5-6 hours. During the course of the shoot, I had to survive on a liquid diet. When I first met Ram sir for the role, he told me that I have to lose weight to play the character… I lost close to 20 kg for the role.”
Ratsasan continues to run to packed houses everywhere. The film is inching closer to the Rs 50 crore club worldwide and has already emerged as the biggest hit in Vishnu’s career. Produced by G Dilli Babu, the film has music by Ghibran which has everyone raving about it.
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