Richie, which is the first straight Tamil film of popular actor Nivin Pauly, is one of the big releases of the day (December 08, 2017). The film, directed by debut film-maker Gautham Ramachandran has created a huge buzz already, with its teaser and trailer, which became a sensation in the online circuits.
The story of Richie is set in the land of Manpad town, a seaside place. The people of the town celebrate the Christmas in style and in the due course of the celebrations certain events unfold, which affect the life of Richie, Selva and a few others.
At first, let's see how the cast & crew members of Richie have fared for the movie..
Nivin Pauly As Richie
The screen presence of Nivin Pauly is immense and whenever he appears onscreen as Richie, the screen lights up. He has done a decent job with the portrayal of a local thug and has shed his lover-boy image successfully, with his style and performance. Meanwhile, the dialogue delivery of the actor isn't convincing at all places.
Natty (Natarajan Subramaniam) As Selva
Natty gets to play a meaty role, which is equivalent to that of the lead character in the film. Once again, he impresses with his classy performance, by getting into the skin of the character. His performance in some of the crucial scenes of the film is brilliant.
Shraddha Srinath As Megha
Shraddha Srinath plays the role of Megha, a journalist. She has done her part pretty well, but it is a fact that her role could have been developed in a better way.
Rest Of The Cast
Prakash Raj plays the role of a priest. He excels in his role, but we definitely needed more of him. Yesteryear actress Tulasi has put up an okay performance. Similar is the case of other actors like Lakshmipriya Chandramouli, Raj Bharath, Elango Kumaravel etc.
Direction – Gautham Ramachandran
Gautham Ramachandran has dared to make a film, which is based on a movie that earned a cult classic tag. It isn't a blatant copy of the original as he has brought in certain differences, especially in the second half of the movie.
The young film-maker has opted for a different narrative pattern in Richie and there might be two different opinions on whether it has proved to be fruitful for the movie or not. He has definitely added some commercial aspects in Richie, especially in the way the lead character has been presented.
Gautham is definitely a promising talent but still there are rooms for improvement. The film-maker fails to keep the viewers engaged in the first half of the movie but tries to regain the same with a second half, which has more innovation.
Music & BGM - Ajaneesh Lokanath
A huge round of applause for Ajaneesh Lokanath as he has done a brilliant work with the songs of the film, which suit the movie pretty well. The BGM also requires special applause as it lifts the movie at certain parts.
Other Technical Aspects
Cinematography by Pandi Kumar is decent, at the same time, the lighting used in the night sequences, might raise quite a few eyebrows. Editing of the film is mediocre.
First thing first, Richie isn't a scene-to-scene remake of Ulidavaru Kandante, even though it has retained the core storyline, the characters and some prominent sequences of the Kannada movie. Richie follows a different path, be it in narration or characterisations.
It has to be said that the changes haven't come out well, to the full extent. In Richie, the focus is more on the title character and upto an extent Selva, which leaves the audiences unable to root for other characters. Some of the portions in the first half of Richie will also give you a hurried feel, which hampers the viewing experience.
At the same time, Richie has its own share of pluses, especially in the second half of the movie, where there are some new additions to the story, which have worked out pretty well. The climax portions of the film are also convincing. The slight commercial aspects added to the movie has also turned out to be a fruitful one.
If you haven't watched the original version, Richie might appeal to you as a decent flick, otherwise it is just a mediocre attempt.