Sigh! Vinayan's 'Raghuvinte Swantham Rasiya' that claims to usher in winds of change in Malayalam cinema, does nothing of the sort. In fact, it has all the customary ingredients that make up a Vinayan film, and unfolds in a manner that would make you yearn to fall out of love.
Rasiya (Meghna Raj) is a wealthy girl who has lost her heart to Raghu (Murali Krishnan), despite a thousand films as these that reprimand young girls like her from doing the unthinkable. I wouldn't blame her really, since the boy remits her electricity bills and even does her college assignments.
Rasiya's dad (Sphadikam George) doesn't share his daughter's sentiments however, and asks Raghu to prove a point in life, before asking for her hand. Off he goes hunting fro a job, and in no time finds himself where every job seeker at his wit's end finds himself these days - at a terrorist training camp in Pakistan.
I would admit I was unprepared for this bit, and it took me quite a while to come to terms with the fact that Raghu has transformed into a hardcore terrorist. I know it wouldn't be right on our part to expect a terrorist to have a real intimidating name, but Raghu still sounded a but awkward.
Rasiya meanwhile runs into terrorist Raghu at Bangalore, and comes face to face with the entire gang. There is also Riyaz (Goutham) who has just returned after assassinating the Karnataka Home Minister. The man however has a heart of gold, and would give up his life to see to it that Rasiya and his terrorist colleague Raghu are united.
The terrorist leader shouts Jihad, and Raziya springs up against him. No prizes for guessing that she asks him if he has read the Holy Quran. He refuses to see sense though, and exhorts his team to action. Raghu gets arrested for a crime that he doesn't commit, and Rasiya is (Sigh again) raped.
Vinayan doesn't spare an opportunity to poke fun at you-know-who. Seeing his grand father (Thilakan) in an annoyed mood, Raghu mocks him by saying not to go overboard with his acting, and warns him that if he does, he might end up being a superstar!
There is just one reason for watching 'Raghuvinte Swantham Rasiya', and that is its lead pair. This is Meghna's worst film as yet, but she still manages to look beautiful, if not anything else. New find Murali Krishnan is surprisingly at ease in his debut role, and does a neat job of playing Raghu. Of course Thilakan is there, and Sphadikan George as well.
With 'Raghuvinte Swantha Rasiya', Vinayan moves a notch further down from 'Yakshiyum Njanum'. Hovering around on tediously familiar territory, this is a tragically tiresome film from start to finish.