Director T K Rajeev Kumar has taken the risk of remaking a cult classic like Rathinirvedam, which was made almost 35 years ago. Despite putting in a lot of effort in recreating sound technical values, the director's attempts seem to be falling flat. The movie seems to have failed to retain its past glory.
Rathinirvedam is a remake of the 1978 classic film with the same name, which deals with the lusty affair of a teenager with an older woman. The director has retained the basic theme of the original, but he has surely made every possible attempt in maintaining the taste of present generation.
Rajeev Kumar has made some deliberate attempts to show the time frame by using switches, cigarettes, car, scooter and magazines and few other things that were there in that age. Although his wardrobes for Rathi offer a lot of fantasy, it looks artificial and takes out the innocent charms of the character.
Pappu (Sreejith Vijay), who is an engineering student, comes home to spend his vacation. He develops a friendly relationship with his neighbour woman called Rathi Chechy. Smitten by her ample charm, his relationship turns into adolescent love. What happens next will form the crux of the story.
Shwetha Menon has delivered a wonderful performance in comparison with Jayabharathi. Shwetha appears to be much better than the demands of the character. But her skin show seems to be forced with deliberate camera shots intending to expose. Sreejith Vijay has delivered a natural performance and he is a treat to watch. The chemistry between Shwetha and Sreejith is good. Shammi Thilakan, KPAC Lalitha, Maniyan Pillai Raji, Undapakru, Maya and Shobha Mohan have also done satisfactory performances.
M Jayachandran's music is the major attraction in the technical front. His background score heightens the emotional quotient of the movie. His composition of songs is a feasting to the ears and song like 'Kannoram...' is worth listening. Samudra's choreography is a good match to its music. Manoj Pillai's camera work has added a lot to the beauty of the movie. B Ajith Kumar has done a good job in editing department.
Rathinirvedam may not be equal to the standards of the original, but it surely has its own moments and charms. Don't miss it to watch Shwetha Menon's glamour.
Producer : Suresh Kumar
Director : TK Rajeev Kumar
Cast : Shwetha Menon, Sreejith Vijay, KPAC Lalitha, Shammi Thilakan, Maniyan Pillai Raji, Undapakru, Maya and Shobha Mohan
Music : M Jayachandran