There can be no denying that the social media provides us with a wonderful platform for expressing our opinions and connecting with a large number of people However, views expressed on the social media may at times result in controversy. And, this is exactly what happened when a few days when director Roopesh Peethambaran made a post praising the Kannada hit ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’ just hours after its Tamil remake ‘Richie’ hit screens. One line in post read ‘It’s pretty hard to imagine how a masterpiece turned into a piece’ and got the director into a world of trouble. Nivin Pauly’s fans ripped him apart in the worst way possible. As a result of the backlash, he posted an apology and said that his words were ‘twisted’ to create a controversy.
However, things turned ugly when the makers of ‘Richie’ approached the Kerala Producers Association and asked it to take punitive action against the director. Now, Roopesh has decided to file a defamation suit against the makers of ‘Richie’ for ‘tarnishing’ his image. Explaining the purpose behind his post, the ‘Theevram’ director said that he was simply praising ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’ and had no intention of criticising ‘Richie’.
“In my post, I had only praised my close friend Rakshit’s movie, which was a masterpiece but didn’t receive any appreciation at the time of the release. I have been through that phase when Theevram released and it was panned but later it was considered as a cult film,. Richie is the remake of Rakshit’s film. There lies and dies the coincidence. I never attacked Nivin’s film. But you cannot stop me from praising another film. Is this North Korea?” he added.
However, at the same time, he had said that he posted the apology as it was not right on his part to post about ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’ on the day its remake hit screens.
“Being from the industry, I thought I shouldn’t have posted about the original film on the day of the release of its remake. That wasn’t right from my part,” said Roopesh.
Explaining their reason for approaching the Producers Council, ‘Richie’ producer Vinod said that this was being done to ensure that no other person from the industry dares to criticise a film on the day on the day of its release.
“As a person, Roopesh has all the freedom to air his views. However, as a professional from the film industry, he must have exercised restraint or chosen his words wisely because his statements hold more value than an ordinary movie-goer,” added Vinod.
Interestingly, the producers council will soon be taking a call on what needs to be done in this case. Talking about the situation, a member of the council said that Roopesh’s actions were ‘unprofessional’.
“The action will be decided only after a meeting. We will seek explanation from both sides.. He has his freedom to say anything. But when you are working in the same industry, even if a film is not good, you don’t say that on a public platform. You can say it in a personal talk but not on social media,” he added.
Well, this is a sensitive situation and it will be worth watching what happens next.
In case you did not know, ‘Richie’ is the first straight Tamil film of Nivin’s career and has been directed by Gautham Ramachandran. Recently, the director had revealed that Nivin did his own dubbing even though it him a lot of time.
“We’ve followed a neutral accent throughout the film even though it’s set in Thoothukudi. Nivin is not a native speaker of the language and hence his accent is quite thick. We’ve put as much effort to make his accent sound neutral. In fact, the number of days he took to dub is double the number he took to shoot for the project,” he had told a leading website.
On a related note, Nivin currently has ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ in her kitty. ‘Hey Jude’ is a romantic-comedy and also has Trisha in the lead. On the other hand, ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ is a period-drama and also has Priya Anand in the lead. Priya’s role was originally offered to Amala Paul but she opted out because of a packed schedule.