The association between Sathyan Anthikkad and Mohanlal have produced many classic movies which we like to watch over and over again, like Nadodikaatu, Sanmasullavarku Samadhanam, and Gandhi Nagar 2nd street. Sathyan played an important role in Mohanlal’s career by giving him play very likable characters which appealed to the middle class. Most of Sathyan’s movies are simple narrations with a great sense of comedy.
After Pingami, which was released more than a dozen years back, this combination did not make any new movies. Sathyan says that he could not find any good script for Lal till now. By then Mohanlal had moved into playing superman in films and such stories are not Sathyan’s forte. Now since Mohanlal is back to earth playing normal homo sapien like characters, it was only apt that he act in Sathyan movie.
Like other films of the director with Mohanlal in the lead, Rasathanthram too has the actor in the down-to-earth role of a carpenter called Premachandran. He is a good worker and is liked by the village folks. One day he meets Kanmani (Meera Jasmine), a girl of Tamil roots who is employed as a servant and is continually ill-treated by the family that employs her. Premachandran comes to her rescue. But this lands him into endless troubles and eventually into love.[Synopsis]
This movie has high expectations due to the reuniting of Sathyan Anthikkad and Mohanlal. Besides this, the movie also has three national award winners (Mohanlal, Meera Jasmine and Gopi). Light comedy movies with a tinge of sadness has always done good for Mohanlal and after a serious movie like Thanmatra, audience would be looking forward to such a movie from Mohanlal.
In part of the movie, Meera Jasmine plays a man named Velayudhan Kutti. This is similar to what Annie did in some Balachandra Menon movie many years back and this cannot be a major crowd pulling factor. Usually Sathyan Anthikkad movies have very good songs (Vaiskha Sandhye from Nadodikaatu, Kunni Mani Cheppu Thurannu from Pon Mutta Idunna Tharavu), but the ones in Rasathanthram by Illayaraja are not impressive.
Most of the hit movies of Sathyan Anthikkad had Srinivasan, Lohithadas, Ranjan Pramod or Raghunath Paleri as the writer. Movies which had Sathyan as the writer like Sreedharante Onnam Thirumurivu and Kochu Kochu Santoshangal have not done well. While we have confidence in Sathyan the director, we do not have as much confidence in Sathyan the writer. Sathyan Anthikkad movies are fun due to the rasathantram between his actors and writers, and that writer part is missing from this chemical equation.