Jyothika's film is highly preachy.
Geetha Rani (Jyothika) is stepping into a village as the government school's headmaster. She gets into work the minute she steps into the school and has high hopes on making the school, a disciplined school.
However, her journey is interrupted by local politician Rama Lingam who also runs a convent in the village. He gives her a lot of pressure and problems thereby forcing her to get a transfer. Will Jyothika win him over?
Jyothika is back with another message oriented films and her performance is restrained and subtle in the film.
Hareesh Peradi as a cunning politician and businessman has done his best. However, his dialogues are totally out of sync which is a huge put-off.
Poornima Bhagyaraj comes in a cameo of sorts and reminds us of the teacher who gives her everything for the school and never expects anything in return.
Director Gauthamraj's Raatchasi touches upon several sensitive issues about the sad state of government schools. It also makes us feel like we (citizens) are responsible for this situation.
He has researched a lot regarding government schools and education system in Tamil Nadu and has cleverly incorporated the details in Jyothika and Hareesh Peradi's dialogues.
Jyothika shoulders the film all the way and is treated as a mass hero in the film. She has her slo-mo shots, commands people and even has her own fight sequence.
Composer Sean Roldan has once again proven that he is one of the best music directors in the industry. His background score, though loud a few places, is memorable enough even after the film is over.
Raatchasi's fall lies in the screenplay which fails to be engaging. It almost seems like Jyothika gets her job done by speaking lengthy dialogues.
Also, the director has failed to etch well-written characters for the villain and supporting characters. They're easily forgettable and doesn't register in one's mind.
Raatchasi is an upgraded version of Samuthirakani's Saatai. Jyothika's performance and the film's honest intentions are the reasons why you should catch the film in theatres.