Nivin Pauly makes his Tamil debut with ‘Richie’ which is a remake of Kannada superhit film ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’ which was written by the young sensation Rakshit Shetty. Directed by Gautham Ramachandran, ‘Richie’ released yesterday December 8th, 2017 worldwide and received a decent opening on day one of the release. ‘Richie’ received appreciation from all around including the critics from Tamil and Malayalam. Nivin had his hopes pinned on ‘Richie’ for a grand debut in Tamil and he would be a relieved man going by the response the film has been receiving from all around. And going by the box office reports of day one of Richie, makers of the film including lead actor Nivin Pauly and director Gautham Ramachandran will be a relieved group.
According to reports, ‘Richie’ earned a collection of approximately INR 0.85 crores in Chennai city alone and the rest of Tamil Nadu stand at approximately INR 0.73 crores. Cities in Kerala, where Nivin Pauly has a huge following, also a great response from Malayalam movie buffs. Richie released in more than 140 screens across Kerala making it the biggest release for a Tamil film of a Malayalam actor. According to emerging reports, ‘Richie’ has earned a collection of approximately INR 0.87 crores across Kerala. Trade experts predict that ‘Richie’ will have a better run over the weekend and word of mouth for the film will get a better response over the next few days.
Richie, besides Nivin Pauly, also stars Shraddha Srinath, Natarajan Subramaniam, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, Prakash Raj and Tulasi in important roles. Nivin Pauly and director Gautham Ramachandran seemed confident about the film and recently had said that they approached the remake in their own style keeping in mind the Tamil audiences’ taste. Speaking about the film and working with Nivin Pauly, director Gautham Ramachandran had said,”I’ve known Nivin since the release of Neram, and I had even met him with a script which he had liked. Unfortunately, that project didn’t materialize because we couldn’t find the right producer. But we always kept in touch, discussed ideas and we aspired do a film the way we want to do. This is when I saw a Kannada film and recommended it to Nivin. He wasn’t sure about the idea of a remake but nevertheless asked me to get the DVD. After watching the film, he called me one early morning and said he wanted to do the project.”
Nivin Pauly, few days before the release, had said that he was happy with the way the film had turned out to be. “I am not nervous because I watched the film and I am happy with the way it has shaped up. People will not come out of the theatre and say, ‘Yenna da idhu mockai padam’. I am sure of that. I don’t know how successful the movie will be — whether they will connect with the character or with the film. But I liked it a lot and it will be a different experience in the theatre. The background, the treatment, music have come out quite well,” Nivin had said.
Nivin also added that he was not nervous at all but was a bit skeptical about how the audience will accept in Tamil. “The guy is a rowdy, has negative shades, is also the hero, he is just complex, overall. I liked that and thought the script had a lot of scope for improvisation and we will could give it a try. The biggest challenge was to do this in Tamil. If it was Malayalam, I could have easily pulled it off. I always asked Gautham if we could do the movie in Malayalam instead. I didn’t want the language to be a barrier and the audience shouldn’t find it to be out of place. But I think we have managed,” Nivin had said.
The original in Kannada, ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’, starred Rakshit Shetty, Kishore, Tara, Achyuth Kumar, Rishab Shetty and Yagna Shetty in important roles. ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’ earned a whopping INR 20 crores in the inital week of its release and later went on to earn further more INR 18 crores making it a hit film. ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’ was lauded by critics from South India and the and lead actor of the film, Rakshit hHetty, was lauded for his writing skills. Rakshit was widely appreciated for his approach towards mainstream cinema and sketching a character with negative shades as the lead.