Raatchasi is a 2019 Tamil film which is the noble theme of better education to the underprivileged and raising the standard of government schools. The commendable thing about Raatchasi is that it does not stop with raising questions but gives convincing answers such as appealing to parents to donate for the facelift of the school comparing it to a temple festival and asking the teachers to equip themselves well enough to teach the needy.
Geetha Rani (Jyothika) arrives at a village government school as the new headmaster (mistress?) and finds it in shambles and the teacher led by the assistant headmaster (Kavitha Bharathi) have no control over the students and pass their time idly. Geetha charts out a plan to set things and first gets the atmosphere changed by appealing to parents and then slowly starts bringing in reforms that win her the students and makes enemies as well. Rajalingam (Harish Peradi) the owner of a private school fearing that the government school would become a competition for him plots to get the heroine out of the way and succeeds in putting her behind the bars. Who Geetha really is, What is the crime she committed and did she win in her quest to make the school educate the underprivileged to compete with the commercially educated? forms the rest of the screenplay.
Directed by Sy Gowthamraj
Written by Sy Gowthamraj
Produced by S. R. Prakashbabu & S. R. Prabhu
Starring Jyothika, Hareesh Peradi
Cinematography Gokul Benoy
Edited by Philomin Raj
Music by Sean Roldan
Production Dream Warrior Pictures
Distributed by Dream Warrior Pictures
Release date 5 July 2019
Running time 136 minutes