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Richie – Review by Naveen

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A lot was riding on ‘Richie’ for it has Nivin Pauly, the latest hearthrob of young women of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, in the lead role. Adding more to the expectations was the impressive promotion materials of the movie.
Now that the film, a remake of Kannada movie ‘Ulidavaru Kandanthe’ and directed by Gautham Ramachandran has hit the screens, let us check out whether it fulfilled the expectations or not.
While it is certainly a brave and unique attempt in Tamil cinema, the director could have certainly made the proceedings better, for there is lag at places. But still, Richie emerges a convincing and impressive fare due to the making and performance.
A journalist (Shraddha Srinath) starts writing an article about a sensational murder. As she collects details, she gets stunned about the different versions being told by different people,
Eventually, she also understands the unpredictable and gutsy nature of the protagonist Richie (Nivin Pauly). Born as son to a priest  (Prakash Raj), Richie’s path gets changed after he lands in a juvenile home for an incident that happened during his childhood.
After he comes out of the home, he takes up rowdyism as a career and becomes the henchman of a local gangster. In the meantime, a man (Natarajan Subramaniam aka Natty) flees his native after the death of his friend.
Fate has it that that the two characters meet each other. What happens in their lives is the rest of the story, which talks about friendship, betrayal and greed.
Nivin Pauly is justified in his being a sensation among women. He scores big not just in his performance, but even in his walk and body language. Natty’s role is almost on par with that of Nivin and he delivers goods.
Shraddha Srinath is believable as journalist and has done justice to her character. We have a power-house performer like Prakash Raj, who never disappoints. Rest of the cast members are adequate.
Wait, there are two more heroes in ‘Richie’. They are cameraman Pandikumar and music composer Ananeesh, whose work are up to any standard. With all these strengths and little flaws, ‘Richie’ turns out to be an interesting fare.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

By Naveen


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