The much-loved Nivin Pauly is undoubtedly one of the most popular young stars in the Malayalam film industry today, The 33-year-old enjoys a strong fan following thanks to his good looks, charming personality and of course versatility as a performer. Moreover, movie buffs adore Nivin courtesy his simple nature and amicable attitude. Now, there is more good news for his fans. In an exciting development, his maiden Tamil film ‘Richie’—which hit screens on December 8—is all set to get a proper release in Malayalam as well. Initially, the makers had decided against giving it a wide release in Malayalam. However, they changed their decision given the positive tresponse from Kerala and Nivin’s popularity amongst fans. Confirming the change in fans, thew film’s co-producer said that the Malayalam version is getting a good response from the select theatres it was released in.
“Since this weekend, some centres have played the Malayalam version, which is being lauded. The first half of Tamil version is set in Thoothukudi and the lines are in sentamizh, which is difficult for Malayalis to follow. But the Malayalam version has been easier to understand and they are also enjoying the movie, according to the reports I have been getting,” added the co-producer.
Well, this is good news and proves that ‘Richie’ mania is catching on. In case you did not know, the film is a crime-thriller and features Nivin in a rough new avatar. Interestingly, the film has been directed by Gautham Ramchandran and saw Nivin dub his own voice in Tamil. Talking about the star’s dedication, he had said that he took time but did a good job.
“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. What you saw in the teaser was just the first draft of dubbing. We spent a lot of time post the release of the teaser and worked on his accent,” he had told a website.
Besides Nivin Pauly, ‘Richie’ also features Shraddha Srinath in the lead. Prior to is release, she had said that the film is not meant for ‘lazy’ people as it requires one to think a lot.
“It’s not a film for lazy people, I’ll be honest. If you go in, you can’t leave your brains outside. You’ll constantly be posed with questions. You will wonder, ‘what is that? Why is she talking like this? Wasn’t he supposed to be there?’ Questions like these. It’s a very never-seen-before style of storytelling, style of filmmaking, it’s going to be a very nice experience, a nice visual treat,” she had told DC.
On a related note, with ‘Richie’ out in theatres, Nivin will now gear up for the release of ‘Hey Jude’. A romantic-comedy. It will see him share screen space with Trish and has created a buzz courtesy its posters. Sometime ago, he had said that he is a big fan of Trisha’s work and felt honoured to be working with her.
“It’s been a great experience. She’s friendly, down-to-earth and comfortable to work with. In terms of acting experience, Trisha’s the senior. She made her debut in 2002 and I came into films almost a decade later. I have watched a lot of her films and have been a big fan since Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa,” he had said.
Besides this, he also has ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ in his kitty. In it, he will be seen alongside the much-loved Priya Anand. Priya’s role was originally offered to Amala Paul but she opted out of the project citing a packed schedule.
Recently, she had said that ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ is a dream project for her and will feature her in a new avatar.
“Although the story is set in 19th century, everything my character goes through happens even today. It was easier for me to connect. The challenging part was picking up the language, the dialect to be precise because it’s a period film,” she had added.
So, did you like ‘Richie’? Comments, please!